Congratulations, you have finally managed to visit Montreal! It’s high time you put on a pair of comfortable shoes, take a map and start sightseeing. Here’s what you’re not allowed to miss while in Montreal.
- Mont Royal
This wonderful park situated near the city center gives you a great opportunity to have a panoramic view of the crowded city. It’s located on a hill, at 233 meters above the city and the landscape is truly incredible. Visiting Mont Royal also gives you a chance to see some monuments such as King George IV or Jacques Cartier and see the wonderful cemeteries built and used by various ethnic groups.
- Parc Maisonneuve
Since we’re talking about parks, you are definitely not allowed to miss Parc Maisonneuve. The reason it is such a popular and famous tourist attraction is the fact that it also includes the botanical garden. Called the Jardin Botanique in French, it has the most wonderful display of Chinese and Japanese gardens. Other interesting sights you might find there include, but are not limited to large glasshouses, bonsai, orchids and quite an impressive insectarium.
- Old Montreal
Since you are already on foot you really must see Old Montreal. I must warn you that once you get there, you might get a little bit confused. But there is no need to worry, you are still in Canada, not in France. The place is packed with old buildings dating back to the 17th or 18th century and it really does resemble Paris. Some of the most important landmarks include Notre – Dame Basilica, Place Jean Cartier and the Old Port.
- Rue Sherbrooke
This is one of Montreal’s largest arteries. It is named after one of Canada’s most important Governors, Sir John Sherbrook, who lived in the first half of the 19th century. The thoroughfare is packed with museums and historical buildings. Since you are there, you can go ahead and visit the Musee des Beaux Arts, the McCord Museum of Canadian History or McGill University.
- Joseph’s Oratory
Relatively close to Mount Royal Park, St Joseph’s Oratory is a favorite tourist destination. It is also preferred by pilgrims as it is dedicated to Canada’s patron saint, St Joseph. Built in 1924, the church is clearly an expression of renaissance. However, there are many chapels and sanctuaries you should not miss, since the Oratory is quite impressive in size.
Fancy a boat ride? Then you should definitely check out the Lachine Canal. It got its name from the first settlers who got to Canada in the 17th century and were looking for a way to get to China. You probably won’t get that far (the canal is no longer used for navigation) but you will get a memorable boat trip and an amazing view.