Though not bordering the United States, Montreal is one of the primary entrances from the United States to Canada. Montreal is the cultural capital of Quebec. It is also the main point of entry to Quebec. Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada and the 3rd largest French speaking area in the world. Montreal is comprised of 12 Districts.
Montreal on Foot
Visitors to Montreal will want to visit the Chinatown District where you'll find one of the largest Asian communities in Canada that is well known for its restaurants and gift shops. You will also want to visit Old Montreal and the Old Port which is easiest to explore on foot. This area offers street artists, musicians, private art galleries and many fine restaurants.
Cathedrals & Museums
There are several beautiful cathedrals in Montreal. They include Christ Church Cathedral, Maru Queen of the World Cathedral and Basilique Notre-Dame to name a few. Museum lovers will not want to miss Musee des Beaux-Arts/Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which offers many free permanent exhibits and several special exhibitions.
Sports lovers will enjoy getting a view of Olympic Stadium an amazing building that has the world's tallest leaning structure it's been replaced numerous times
and remains a controversial topic locally. You may also want to visit Parc Jean-Drapeuau the outdoor concert venue and former home to World's Fair (1967).
Shoppers will love the Underground City which offers a network of underground malls and passageways enabling comfortable shopping regardless of the outdoor weather. This area connects major shopping malls, food courts, cinemas, a variety of services and boutiques.
For ski and skating buffs (and visitors in the winter months) you'll love the availability of many ski areas (some with and without rental availability) including Parc du Mont-Royal, ru De La Gauchetiere and Lafontaine Park to name a few. Those with children will most certainly want to visit LaRonde (Six Flags) offering a variety of rides from kiddies' rides to ultra-thrill rides.
Those who want to get a bit of gambling in will enjoy Casino Montreal which features over 3000 slot machines, countless gaming tables, a keno lounge, as well as great food and shows.
You will find that Montreal offers a great deal of variety when you are looking for somewhere to eat. Whatever pleases your palate - Montreal is a culinary mecca and offers a wide variety of options from fast food to fine dining. Local specialties include smoked meat, bagels, and split pat soup. You must try the poutine' while you're there which is a mix French fries, gravy and white cheddar cheese a dish unique to the area. Many restaurants do not have wine licenses so you may consider calling ahead as many of them do allow you to bring your own with you.
Montreal offers a variety of night clubs, bars, pubs, lounges, after hour's clubs, supper clubs and even strip clubs. Regardless of what you are interested in doing after hours you will find something that will suit the most discerning traveler. In addition to the variety of facilities, you will find all genres of music, dancing, food, and drink no matter where you go in Montreal.