Montreal, the second largest city in Canada, is a really exciting mix of French and Canadian cultures with French being widely spoken and the French influence very much alive and well. This has resulted in a city which is vibrant, outward looking, with some great food, bars, nightlife and things to do. The climate is cold during the winter, with temperatures in January being some 15 celsius, although in summer the temperature can be around 25 celsius on average. This makes it a great place to visit for snow sports in the winter. With almost 2 million people, it is not a small city, but it is one which is friendly and with plenty to do, whatever time of the year you visit. If you come in the summer months, be sure to make sure that your trip is timed to coincide with one of the many summer festivals which take place on an annual basis. These feature music, ranging from jazz to opera, dance, and the arts generally or any other artistic medium which you can think of. It really is a beacon for arts type activities.
Some of the year round attractions include the nightlife, where the bars don't shut till 3 am and you can find all manner of things to see and do at night, from the theatre, to dusky bars with some very cutting edge live music. Locals attest that the best of the nightlife is to be found in or around the St Laurent Boulevard which is known as The Main'. Excellent restaurants can also be found within this area, offering a very different mix of menus and cuisines. The French influence in terms of culinary offerings is very evident and has led to a very high standard of food being offered, at various price ranges. There is some great architecture to be seen in Montreal. Notre Dame doe Montreal Basilica is a world famous building and the Montreal City Hall is also a great place to see just how classical architecture can really work. Sport is big in Montreal with lots of different venues and places to go to either participate in sport or watch it. Be sure to include the Olympic Stadium in your itinerary, as well as one of the baseball or hockey stadiums. There are lots of Museums within easy reach of each other. Some of the best include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In addition, there are some wonderfully quaint historic buildings, such as the Centre d'histoire de Montreal (The Centre for history of Montreal), or the McCord Museum of Canadian History. The Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit, with an amazing range of flowers and fauna. The Japanese serenity' part is very popular, whenever you visit. Montreal is also great for shopping, with shops of all sizes, styles, types and price ranges available. So for an unforgettable holiday, make sure that Montreal is top of your list for destinations. It really is a great city!
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