Making Friends in Montreal

Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and also the largest city in Quebec Province; moreover, it ranks as the second largest urban concentration of French speakers after Paris.

MontrealFrom a visitor’s perspective, Montreal is a place of significant interest; an eclectic mix of cultural influenced from France, neighboring USA and the country’s Anglophile residents. A host of attractions are available in the warm season, combined with some great winter sports opportunities that make Montreal a popular tourist destination throughout the year and one which visitors of all backgrounds can appreciate.

Montreal can be easily reached with a number of transportation options available. Most visitors however will fly into the Montréal Trudeau Airport which is located 25 kilometers west of the city. The airport is well served by ground transportation methods and also offers a comprehensive selection of passenger facilities including essential financial services and amenities for dining and shopping.

Other ways of reaching Montreal include road routes from the USA and other Canadian cities, which can be followed by a private car or by Greyhound bus, while there are also trains which arrive from country-wide origins.

Montreal offers a variety of sights, and visitors can create an interesting sightseeing agenda. There are many museums and include some famous locations such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord Museum of Canadian History. For those who enjoy a touch of nature, the city’s Botanical Gardens are a must visit, while for those with an interest in history, the St Joseph’s Oratory and Notre Dame Basilica are both worth a visit.

A number of day trips around the city and beyond are available from local tour operators. Visitors can check out the stunning Laurentian Mountains, take a day trip to Quebec and see the Montmorency Falls or visit the country’s capital city, Ottawa. Within the city itself, there are guided tours of Old Montreal and the Greater Montreal area.