Historically Montréal, the only de facto bilingual city on the continent, has been torn right in half, the ‘Main’ (Blvd St-Laurent) being the dividing line between the eastend Francophones and the west-side Anglos. Today French pockets dot both sides of the map, a new wave of English-speaking Canadians have taken residence in some formerly French enclaves and thanks to constant waves of immigration, it’s not uncommon for Montréalers to speak not one, or two, but three languages in their daily life. With the new generation concerned more with global issues (namely the environment), language battles have become so passé.
One thing not up for debate is what makes Montréal so irresistible. It’s a secret blend of French-inspired joie de vivre and cosmopolitan dynamism that has come together to foster a flourishing arts scene, an indie rock explosion, a medley of world-renowned boutique hotels, the Plateau’s extraordinary cache of swank eateries and a cool Parisian vibe that pervades every terrasse (patio) in the Quartier Latin. It’s easy to imagine you’ve been transported to a distant locale, where hedonism is the national mandate. Only the stunning vista of a stereotypical North American skyline from Parc du Mont Royal’s Kondiaronk Lookout will ground you.
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Mouthwatering Montréal: a food-lover's neighbourhood guide
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Ice Wine Tour from Montreal with Exclusive Winery Access
Delight your taste buds with this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. This tour is a unique winter experience that reveals the secrets behind one of the region’s world-renowned products: ice wine. You’ll take exclusive tours of three wineries, take an ice wine cocktail-mixing class, enjoy wine tastings, and savor a gourmet lunch.
Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada
This grand tour of the eastern US and Canada is a sensory overload of everything that makes North America great—skyscrapers, monuments, Niagara Falls, ice cream, canoeing, poutine, subways, whales, sunshine, designer boutiques and nature hikes.
24 hours in Montréal
Montréal is one of those cities that defies expectation. A lush mix of North American swagger and Euro-cool, the city presents a cutting-edge culture that outshines its Canadian brethren. Though a day is nowhere near enough, here are our suggestions to see some of the best of Montréal in a day.