It is an established fact that Canada is a favoured location for people all over the world when it comes to where they should spend their summer vacations. Even for those people who are already living there and have invited friends or family over for the holidays, Canada is an amazing places. But when it comes to Montreal, we are forced to say that there is no place like Montreal. If its Canada you wish to go to, we suggest, actually highly recommend that you go to Montreal because the place truly has everything for everyone, no matter what your choice of activities. Montreal is also one of the largest French speaking cities in the world, it is the second largest city in Canada and the biggest metropolitan area in the province of Quebec. We therefore take you for a virtual ride to top ten tourist attractions in Montreal that you should not miss.
10. Biodome de Montreal
Montreal is the only city where you shall see a cycling stadium converted into an environmental museum. Biodome was initially what you call a velodrome and was designed by the same architect that designed the Olympic Stadium in Montreal and is known by the name of Roger Taillibert. Considering the fact that Montreal is one of the largest French speaking cities, the guided tour is available in both English and French languages. A tour of the four ecosystems housed within the Biodome is the first place we will suggest to people touring the city. The four ecosystems being Laurentian Forest, the Tropical Forest, the Saint Laurence Marine and Polar World. It is an experience worth living.
9. Underground City
The next place that we are going to suggest as one of the top tourist attractions in Montreal is the Underground City. Luckily for the residents of the second largest city in Canada, when the going gets tough (meaning thereby that when the traffic gets congested), they can always escape to the underworld. For all of you who think that the underground city might just be a tumble of tunnels and sewers and rats and what not, Montreal’s underground city is another world altogether. It has shopping malls, banks, hotels, subway and even an arena to say the least. It has to be one of the biggest milestones in urban planning and development ever achieved by any city.
The next tourist attraction is not so much a place as it is the idea of enjoyment and the concept of having fun. For the knowledge of all those who were previously unaware, Montreal hosts more than a hundred festivals every year. Since it is summer time, you guys can aim for two of the largest festivals of all time. The Just for Laughs festival takes place in July each year and more than a million people are always in attendance. The second best festival would be the International de Jazz de Montreal, a festival under whose umbrella occur more than 350 FREE concerts. What more can you want out of a vacation, all laughter and music eh?
7. The Insectarium
The next tourist attraction will be more attractive to tourists who are looking to add a little adventure to their vacations even if it comes through creepy little crawling insects and what not. The insectarium houses all sorts of insects that you can imagine and those who are looking for more of a thrill can even take a bite (ew for the rest of us we are pretty darn sure). Moreover, the insectarium releases or sets free hundreds of beautiful butterflies for the purposes of studying their migration but the sight is no less enchanting.
6. Marche’ Atwater
We next come to the best of Farmer’s Market ever. The Marche’ Atwater is a two storey bulding that houses the farmers market and has done so since the year 1933. So if you want to imagine being in a place like this you can imagine strolling by the place with the street lined with fresh produce and flowers. You can imagine the smell of freshly baked bread (40 different kinds at that) wafting through the air mixing with a smell of freshly brewed coffee and trust us, you will want to fly right over!
5. Mount Royal
We next have a location that would be more attractive to would-be hikers, people who like hiking and trailing more than anything else. We are talking about Mount Royal also known as Mountain especially by the residents of Montreal. The mountain has three peeks and Colline de la Croix being the tallest. There is a beautiful winding road and a broad path that will take tourists up to the summit of the peak and from there the view of the city is breathtaking to say the least. The “Mountain” itself is 764 feet tall and offers amazing exposure to the natural landscape.
4. Olympic Stadium
We next come to the Olympic Stadium that we mentioned off earlier. This stadium was primarily built for the Olympic games that took place in the year 1976 but what even more fascinating about this place and a huge factor contributing to then number of tourists that visit is the tallest standing inclined structure within the stadium. The tower that we are talking about is 583 feet tall and inclines at an angle of 45 degrees certainly a sight to behold. How it manages to stay upright is because of the distribution of mass which is more on the lower half than the upper half of the tower.
How about we introduce you to one of the cruises that Montreal has to offer? Would you be interested? The next destination is the Bateau Mouche which is a boat that has the ability to carry 180 passengers on board and takes you for a sight-seeing adventure that you wouldn’t want to miss. As most of you would know, Montreal city is primarily situated on Montreal Island and therefore, cruising on a boat is perhaps one of the best ways to see it in all its glory.
2. Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica
As we near the end of top ten attractions in Montreal, we have to introduce you to the compelling building called Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica. If architecture is anywhere near your list of hobbies, this place will have you clicking away while you gawk mindlessly at the neo Gothic style. The building has everything from stained glass windows to wood carvings and to top it all, the building houses the largest bell in the world, Gros Boudron weighing 12 tons.
1. Old Montreal
Last but certainly not the least, before you depart from the fascinating city, we insist that you pay a visit to Old Montreal. It is the district of Vieux Montrael and it is merely a short walk from downtown Montreal. What came to be known as the new Montreal City was founded here in Old Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River in the year 1642. It is one of the oldest urban areas of North America with a population of 4000 people as per the last census.