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Montréal Travel Guide

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Plan Your Montréal Vacation

Canada's most diverse metropolis, Montréal, is an island city that favors grace and elegance over order or even prosperity, a city where past and present intrude on each other daily. In some ways it resembles Vienna—well past its peak of power and glory, perhaps, yet still vibrant and beautiful.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Browse public markets Marché Atwater, one of the city's oldest public markets, and the bustling Marché Jean-Talon, in Little Italy, are two must-see places.
  2. Check out the nightlife There's a strong heritage of late-night revelry in this city. Top spots include rue Crescent, boulevard St-Laurent, and rue St-Denis, as well as Old Montréal and the Village, Montréal's gay epicenter.
  3. Get a dose of multiculturalism Montréal is a melting pot of world culture, yours to experience by exploring ethnic neighborhoods and sampling a range of cuisines.
  4. Celebrate Jazz Fest Montréal's biggest party happens every year in late June and early July—and if jazz is your thing it's not to be missed. Reserve early hotels book up months in advance.
  5. Stroll Old Montréal Old Montréal has it all—cobblestone streets, a great waterfront, fine restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts, and the Old Port, which buzzes with nightlife.

When To Go

When to Go

To avoid crowds and below-freezing temperatures, Montréal's short spring, which typically starts in late April or early May but doesn't end until w...

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