In the heart of Montreal
Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world, lying between the Mont-Royal and the Saint-Laurent River, has much to offer the visitor: its Victorian houses, the trendy streets on Mont-Royal plateau and around the old Port, its lively arts scene, its “underground” winter lifestyle, not forgetting, of course, the famous Canadian warmth and hospitality…
Montreal offers a combination of “Old World” charm with all the energy and excitement of the New World.
Departing from Rennes, you can fly to Montreal all year round via Paris with Air France.
Capital city: Ottawa
Climate: Montreal has a continental type climate with wide temperature fluctuations, hot summers and cold winters.
Time difference with France: - 6hrs
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Official languages: English and French
Travel document requirements: Valid passport
Tourist information: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org
Montreal’s exciting mixture of flavors, local customs, languages, and foods gives the city a freshness and liveliness that are second to none. Come and see for yourself !
Located along the Saint-Laurent River, right next to the city center, Old-Montreal is a lively, dynamic neighborhood. Jacques-Cartier Square, next to City Hall, and the “Place d’Armes”, in front of Notre-Dame Basilica and its lavish interior decor, are the focal points of Old Montreal. Different activities are available on the old Port quayside, including river cruises.
Mont-Royal Park is one of Montreal’s largest green areas. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also created Central Park, New York, the park includes a vast network of footpaths and steps opening onto a wide variety of landscapes with woods and meadows. Viewpoints offer splendid panoramas of the city and surrounding area.
The Latin Quarter
Located around the University of Quebec, this small student neighborhood is a hive of activity. Bars, cafés, bistros, bookshops and all kinds of other shops line the famous rue Saint-Denis. With its many movie theaters, theaters and concert halls, its Grande Bibliothèque (Public Library) and the Quebec Movie Art House, the neighborhood is a well-loved arts and entertainment hub for Montreal’s inhabitants.
Located close to the city center, the Plateau is well-known for its range of arts and entertainment, its trendy eating places and its urbane, relaxed, lifestyle. The neighborhood is a favorite with artists of every kind, and lies on either side of Mont-Royal avenue, with La Fontaine Park as its focal point. Arts and entertainment are a permanent feature of the neighborhood.
Wide shopping thoroughfares alternate with small residential streets lined with one-storey houses with their outside wooden stairways so typical of Montreal.