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Planning a short break to Montreal? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Montreal. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Montreal. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Downtown area

At the foot of Mount Royal, lies this heterogenous mix of post-modern office towers, churches, shops, art galleries and many museums. Some of these include the Museum of Fine Art, where the Pavillon Jean-Noel Desmarais is a must see, simply for it's stunning architecture.

The McCord Museum of Canadian History - is devoted exclusivley to Canadian history,Just for laughs Museum - where laughter is the main exhibit and last but not least, the Fier Monde Ecomuseum - which retraces the history of the popular South Central quarter.One of Canada's most prestigous universities, the McGill University can also be found in this area.

Plateau Mont Royal

A multi-ethnic district located between Rue Sherbrooke and Blvd St. Joseph. Its hopping nighclubs, funky shops and droves of eatries charm visitors and locals alike. It is full of 19th Century houses which makes the housing ornate, stylish, colourful and fantastic to walk around. Ave Mont Royal, to the north, is known for its vintage and off-beat clothing stores, while east of Mont Royal leads to the Parc Mont Royal - Montreal's biggest and best park with spectular views of city, river and surrounds.

The Vieux-Port and Parc des Iles

t stretches for 25km along the river and consists of four quays: The Vieux-Port Promenade and Esplanade which is a favourite strolling spot of locals;the Quai de l'Horloge with its eponymous tower dedicated to sailors and the Quai Jacques-Cartier, from where the ferry runs to the Parc des Iles, a park created on the two islands that were home to the 1967 World Fair.

Vieux- Montreal

The city's oldest quarter is the 18th Century quarter around the quays of the St Lawrence river. Romantic, narrow streets and squares are filled with vendors, performers, horse-drawn carriages, bars and cafes.The focal point is the Jaques-Cartier which was set up as a public market square in 1803.Other places of interest here include the Basilica Notre Dome, built in 1829 and holds over 5000 people.

Parc Olympique

Costing more than $1 billion dollars, it was built for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and is undeniably magnificent and incredible popular. A cable car runs up the Montreal Tower, which overlooks the Stade Olympique ( or locally known as the "Big O"), to a glassed-in observation deck showing off stunning views of the city below and to a distance of 80km.Other attractions at the Parc Olympique include the Biodome, home to 5000 plants and 4000 animals and the Jardin Botanique, the third largest botanical gardens in the world.

Riviere Rouge

situated just northwest of Montreal is one of the best white-water rivers in North America. Fantastic fun with weekend and day trips available and if your raft is not flipped, your guides will make sure it is done for you.A restaurant-lodge and pool offers your home comforts. While the area is also popular with kayaking trips, mountain biking and rock climbing, it is also a popular place for nude sunbathing.Locals are not shy, so if you happen to pass, just wave and carry on in your raft.

Pointe -a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of archaelo

350 Place Royale. The museum has four parts: The Eperon building - a modern structure set on the ruins of an older building; the archaeological crypt in the basement;the renovated Old Customs House ( Ancienne- Douane) and the Youville Pumping station. The Old Customs house was built between 1836 and 1838 and was one of the first architectural elements to attest to the British presence in Montreal. Self -guided tours allow you the opportunity to explore at your own pace, although interpreter-guides are available along the way.

St Joseph 's Oratory of Mont Royal

3800 Queen Mary Rd. This is one of the world's most visited shrines. The basilica's huge dome reaches 97m and is second in height only to St Peter's Basilica in Rome.Its orante magnificance belies the fact that a humble doorkeeper, Brother Andre, intiated its construction in 1904. The shrine devoted to St. Joseph has a primitive chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt and a basilica large enough to accomodate 10000 worshippers.

Sucreriede la Montagne

300 St Georges Rd. A sugar shack which is open all year around and where visitors can participate in several traditional activites, like hay rides on a horse-drawn carriage, guided tours in the sugar shack and 100 year old bakery.The old time sugar feast is an-all-you-can-eat family style meal where entertainment is provided by folksingers and where you can sing and dance. A must is also a visit to the general store.

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Bonsecours market

350 St. Paul Str East.Inaugurated in 1847, this market is the jewel in Montreal's heritage crown.This imposing building was the city's main agricultural marketplace for over a century.It also housed a concert hall and was a city hall in Montreal's early days of municipal government.

Its symmetrical composition and Greek Revival potico ( cast iron colums from England), tin-plated dome make it typical of the neo-classical style favoured at the time. Recent renovations have turned it once again into a bustling market place that also features sidewalk cafes, shops and exhibitions.

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Marche Andes - Restaurant or Cafe

4387 St. Laurent (metro Mont Royal) best empanadas and Latin food, very inexpensive. Is a store restaurant. Marche Andes. Good holiday in Canada.


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