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Montréal is a cosmopolitan city with great shopping, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife, abundant parks and history, with a small-town feel and French flair. The commercial heart of the city is St. Catherine Street, which throbs with pedestrians, and more shops and shoppers are underground in the sprawling complex that connects the train station and downtown buildings. Residents buy fresh food, flowers and gourmet goodies at Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market. Be sure to visit TOHU, the Montréal Circus School, for exhibits and performances, a short walk from the headquarters of Cirque du Soleil, which began in the resort town of Baie ...

Montréal is a cosmopolitan city with great shopping, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife, abundant parks and history, with a small-town feel and French flair. The commercial heart of the city is St. Catherine Street, which throbs with pedestrians, and more shops and shoppers are underground in the sprawling complex that connects the train station and downtown buildings. Residents buy fresh food, flowers and gourmet goodies at Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market. Be sure to visit TOHU, the Montréal Circus School, for exhibits and performances, a short walk from the headquarters of Cirque du Soleil, which began in the resort town of Baie St-Paul, north of Quebec City. Montréalers escape to Mt. Tremblant, about 90 minutes north the city, for fishing and boating and other outdoor activities.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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  • Location: Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Montreal
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    May through September