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Montreal, lively and cosmopolitan

Book a flight to Montreal to dip your toes in a French version of America. Equipped with your Montreal travel guide, admire the European-American charm of a city with a diverse identity and a soul halfway between the old country and the New World.

From Mount Royal Park, take in the view over Montreal's skyline. There's no doubt about it : you are in America. And yet, a trip to Montreal is also something like a trip to Europe, especially when you're strolling through the old town, with its 17th-century buildings such as the Notre-Dame Basilica. Saint Joseph's Oratory also boasts an architectural style to match that of the most stunning Parisian monuments, as does Bonsecours Market. In this verdant city, don't miss out on the world-class botanical gardens, with their 30 themed areas and 22,000 plant species. The Old Port is also worth a detour, on the banks of the Saint Lawrence where one can spot sailing yachts coming in to the dock… or even witness the moving sight of whales in the water.

During your trip to Montreal, enjoy the rhythm of a city that likes to party. On top of extraordinary nightlife, Montreal is home to several events that take place at its Place des Arts, such as the International Jazz Festival. To share some thrills with the warm and welcoming locals, head to the Molson Centre to cheer on the Montreal Canadians, the local hockey team. Another sports venue, the Olympic Park, site of the 1976 Olympic Games, stands out for its eccentric and totally unique architecture.

A flight to Montreal takes you to a cosmopolitan city where people speak French and English, but also Italian, Chinese and Japanese. In Little Italy, the Jean Talon Market is the ultimate place to pick up fine foods from all over Quebec.