A City Guide To Montreal.
Tourist Information: www.canadatourism.com
Montreal is a unique metropolis combining many cultures. The spoken language is French & English. Montreal maybe French in Lifestyle & Cuisine but it has a warm and friendly Canadian welcome for all visitors.
The city is in the south of Canada's Quebec province, only 37 miles (60km) from the United States border and remains an important hub of North American trade.
Out & About: Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, cafe society & international Jazz festivals, Montreal is a truly dynamic city combining an abundance of culture, museums, arts performances and street festivals.
Places to visit in Montreal: Visit the Rue Saint Paul in the Old Town with its Galleries and Antique shops. Here you will find the very collectable and unique French-Canadian hand carvings. Take a leisurely river ride on a 'Bateau Mouche' or for the more adventurous try the exhilarating Jet-boat ride on the Lachine Rapids.
Shopping in Montreal: Montreal has an 'Underground City' with over 29km of interconnected malls and 1,600 shops, restaurants, and bistros. (A shopper's paradise).
Old Montreal: Located between the river and the city center where by-gone eras are brought back to life. The Old Montreal and the Old Port offer a wide variety of museums, boutiques and side-walk cafes. You can wander the cobbled streets and craft stores of Old Montreal with restored 17th & 18th century buildings or join the trendy crowds in the Latin Quarter.
Eating Out in Montreal: Excellent cuisine & atmosphere can be found in the terraced cafes and courtyards around Place Jacques Cartier. There are over 4,000 cafes & restaurants in Montreal with seafood and French cuisine very much in evidence.
Popular events in Montreal:
Jazz Festival. The festival is regarded as one of the best and most important jazz festivals ever, attracting some of the top names throughout the music world. The festival combines more than 400 concerts over about 10 days each summer. Website: www.montrealjazzfest.com
Pyromusical Competition. One of the largest annual firework competitions in the world viewed by over 2.5 million spectators. A very impressive display is guaranteed from various advantage spots throughout Montreal's city limits. The competition consists of about eight teams from around the world competing to put on a spectacular and impressive pyromusical display for a 30 minute duration.
The Montreal High Lights Festival. The festival is held over 11 days during the dark midwinter months. It combines gastronomic, musical and artistic components that are designed to brighten and warm the local citizens during the cold months. The festival combines over 100 concerts various culinary and wine events and various shows and exhibitions. Website:
Money: The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD) which is divided into 100 cents. The canadian currency also has one-dollar coins which are known as loonies, (because of a picture of a loon, a type of bird engraved on the coin) and a two-dollar coin know as toonies. US Dollars are usually accepted, however, change is usually given in Canadian dollars.
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