Old world charm, towering skyscrapers, French cuisine and culture, stylish shopping, cafe culture, museums, art galleries, festivals and a vibrant nightlife all combine to make a holiday in the Quebec city of Montreal a unique experience.
There's fun to be had day and night in Montreal's neighbourhoods – The Downtown area is where designer shops and skyscrapers rub shoulders with quaint boutiques and heritage buildings – St Catherine's Street is a shopper's paradise, there's also trendy Crescent Street and the posh shops and museums of Sherbrooke Street, not forgetting Chinatown and the International Quarter too. Nestling along the St Lawrence River is Old Montreal with the Old Port alongside. Parc Jean-Drapeau is an all-year-round playground at the heart of the city, complete with beach, outdoor pools, museums, gardens, amusement park, casino and outdoor art gallery. The three peaks of Mount Royal tower over the city with panoramic views. Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district is home to the Biodome, the Insectarium, Olympic Park and the Botanical Gardens. There's also Little Italy, The Village, West Island and the Pole des Rapides Park to explore.
The Underground Pedestrian Network is a great experience too - 33kms of walkways linking shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, all below the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Montreal also has a full calendar of festivals, fairs and events including Montreal en Lumiere in the last week of February, the Montreal Jazz Festival in June and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in July.