As one of the oldest and largest cities in Canada, Montreal offers old world history and charm along with many modern attractions. It is also the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris. Even if you do not speak any French, there are still plenty of reasons to say “Bonjour” to this unique place. Choose one of the Montreal hotels below for a European-style vacation without the transatlantic flight.
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No trip to Canada is complete without enjoying the national pastime, hockey. The Bell Centre is home to the Montreal Canadians (also known as Les Habitants or just “ The Habs”), one of the NHL’s original six teams. With 24 championships, the Canadians have engraved their name on the Stanley Cup more than any other team, and visiting the Bell Centre for a game is a great way to learn about the club’s history while taking in some of the action.
Built for the 1976 summer Olympic Games, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is one of the city’s finest architectural landmarks. Although once home to the Major League Baseball’s Montreal Expos, Olympic Stadium remains a premier location for major sporting events, concerts, conventions and much more.
Up on the northern slope of Mount Royal sits the University of Montreal. With more than 58,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Montreal is the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in all of Canada. Take a stroll through campus and you will certainly come across one of the more than 500 public events and concerts that take place there every year.
For a historic exploration of the city, Old Montreal is your destination. Situated between the St. Lawrence River and downtown Montreal’s skyscrapers, this historic district offers a number of museums, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Old Montreal offers an authentic way to experience French culture without leaving the continent.
Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) is Canada’s oldest arts institution. This museum is home to more than 30,000 pieces spanning a wide variety of artists and eras. No matter your taste in art, this cultural institution is well worth a visit.
Featuring more than 40 rides, attractions and entertainment shows, La Ronde amusement park is the place to be for non-stop action. Located just a short distance from downtown, La Ronde is the largest theme park in all of Quebec. If you are visiting in October, make sure not to miss the park’s annual Halloween Fright Fest.
Make sure not to leave Montreal without visiting the Underground City (Ville Souterraine). Visitors will find brightly lit passageways that link thousands of boutiques, restaurants, office buildings and attractions located underneath the heart of downtown. More than 500,000 people travel through this trendy area of the city every day.
Whether you are a fan of sports, history, the arts, or just want to do some world-class shopping, Montreal is your ideal destination north of the border. When it comes time to look for Montreal hotels, make sure to book your trip with Choice Hotels for a Canadian vacation you will not soon forget.
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