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    Best Things To Do In Montreal: Tourist Attractions

    Montreal is like no place in the world with a unique fusion of American and French Cultures.  It is the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world after Paris.  I encounteredculture shock in Montreal when I first arrived in the city as you really have a mixture of expectations.  You will pleasurably be surprised by the French influence in the city as its one of the places where you can find Paris around the world.  It is truly the American Paris, here are the top 5 things to do in Montreal:

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    The Streets of Montreal

    Old Montreal:

    This is the oldest part of the city dating back to the 1600’s and is one of the most popular things to do in the city, not to mention its one of the completely free things to do in Montreal!  Feeling as though you were in Europe, you can walk through the cobblestone streets and the European architecture.  Sit down in the square to watch live performances and people watch as you get a taste of Paris served with cafe au lait.  CAUTION:  They do serve Nutella which is an evil delicious chocolate from Italy.  We will not be responsible for any weight that you gain.

    Mont Royal

    Mont Royal

    Mont Royal & Outdoor activities:

    Providing a great backdrop to the city, Mont Royal is a popular place to visit especially during the summer time.  You can get some exercising running up the mountain, hike to the top, or even have a picnic during the beautiful days of spring and fall.  The peak isn’t impressive but you are able to see incredible panoramic views of the city before reaching the top.  Don’t forget to visit the Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal where pilgrims come to pay respects to St. Joseph.  They hold great concerts and recitals in the summer at the Oratoire.

    Notre Dame Montreal

    Notre Dame Montreal

    Sightseeing & The arts:

    The sights of the city are quite impressive and will leave you in awe.  The best way to see the city is by renting a bicycle.  The city has over 400 miles of bike paths and plenty bicycle renting stations in the city just like in Paris.  The Notre Dame Basilica is very impressive and the Marie Reine du Monde Cathedral is gorgeous as well.  Don’t forget to visit the 2nd largest Botanical Garden in the world and the largest underground complex in the world where you can burn some plastic.  The waterfront is also a great place to visit.

    The Arts:

    The city has over 30 museums & the oldest museum in Canada resides right in Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Art.  The Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Musee d’art contemprain de Montreal are equally as impressive.

     

    Wine In Montreal

    Wine In Montreal

    Dining:

    It wouldn’t be a version of Paris if they didn’t have the Parisian food right?  Crepes, Nutella, Filet Mignon, the food will have you coming back.  More than just dining it’s the atmosphere that you have when you go out to eat.  Don’t bother trying to find the best restaurant, just step outside and start to walk and you will be greeted with a few great choices.

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    Festival Of Laughs

    Festival Of Laughs

    Nightlife & Festivals:

    Frozen in the winter, Canadian’s come out with a vengeance in the summer!  Montreal is a city of festivals in the summer hosting the world’s largest fireworks competition, the Grand Prix of Canada, the Jazz festival which boasts up to 1 million visitors, and the Just for Laughs festival as well.  The nightlife certainly will not disappoint you either.  You can really see the diversity of the country at night; make sure to stop by the following streets:  Crescent, Saint-Laurent, or St-Catherine.

    Dont forget to check our top 5 section for more things to do in Canada!

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    Kelsey July 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    The America Paris??? You do know it’s in Canada right?

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    Marcello July 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Yes I do Kelsey.. I call it the American Paris because most people wouldn’t understand if I called it the Canadian Paris. Everyone around the world knows about the United States because of the fact that they are the last super power left in the world. In addition to that… Canada & the US share a common culture…

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    LeAnn January 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    It is in North America… so calling it the American Paris is an appropriate description.

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    Marcello February 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Why thank you LeAnn. Appreciate it.

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    Kelsey August 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Oh you just call it the American Paris, I guess I’ll just call your entire country the asshole of North America.

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    Marcello August 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Kelsey.. America isn’t my country but I might agree with you calling it that :-)

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    Will August 21, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Wow…I love how naive and ignorant people are…Last time i checked, Canada was in North America

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    Marcello August 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Will.. who said that Canada wasn’t in North America?

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    Geoff August 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    @Marcello – Kelsey’s initial response says that they were surprised that somebody would say Montreal was in America. It’s just a matter of the ambiguity of the use of America, when some people use it to refer to all of North America, and others might use it as a synonym for the United States of America.

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    Marcello August 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Ah.. cheers Geoff… are you in Montreal or Canada by any chance?

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    Roy Simmonds March 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Kelsey seems to any intelligent person as a rude and dumb individual. What’s wrong in correlating Montreal to Paris? If I’d have to choose between the US or Canada to be nicknamed the “asshole” of North America, probably it would have to be the US, since Canada is in the north and the US is below. Of course, Kelsey’s asshole must be somewhere near his brain, that’s why he’s so confused with anatomy. The problem with the most ignorant US americans is that they think they are entitled to show off their stupidity instead of sometimes keeping their mouth shut. Kelsey has probably never been in Paris, France, nor would he be capable of pointing it out in a map, not to speak of other capital cities in the world. He knows nothing about French culture, thus he cannot understand the relationship that was spoken of. And I wonder, why am I wasting my time with people who will just not learn more, who are not polite, and who don’t even deserve an answer since they are so egocentric and autist they’ll never listen?

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    Marcello March 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the comment Roy but I actually have lived in France for quite some time. Cheers

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    Ted March 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I’m with Kelsey on this one. Rude or insensitvie comment Marcello and I’m American errr a USA citizen!

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    Marcello March 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Hey Ted thanks for the note. I didn’t call it the American Paris to offend anyone. I have traveled to over 70 countries now and if I described it as the Canadian Paris (which I have tried) the majority of people are not going to understand. Are people informed that it is in Canada, Yes. Do Canadians and Americans share a similar culture, Yes. Canadians are very sensitive to being compared to Americans and I can definitely understand why. It is a unique country but sadly most people do not know what Canadian culture is, hence the reason why it is described as the American Paris.

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    Pete June 3, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Technically, America also implies South America, so I don’t think USA has all rights to calling USA America, it is more slang and informality than anything else.
    You’re all stupid, pizza isn’t a vedgetable.

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    Marcello June 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Vedgetable is correctly spelled Vegetable Pete.

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    Pete D July 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Calling Montreal “American Paris” is like calling Rome “German New York”. If you had said “North American Paris” you would be correct, but calling it “American Paris” just makes you sound uninformed and lacking in cultural understanding. Canadian and American cultures are similar, but they are sovereign nations, and very different in many regards. The French culture of Canada is very different to most American states. Although European nations are very similar in Culture, we don’t attribute cities in one country to a separate country. I think if you are going to write travel and tourism articles that you owe it to your readers to respect the country you are writing about and not make statements that lead to more confusion.

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    Marcello July 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I would agree with you Pete on all the fronts but I still find that people around the world that I have met do not know what Canadian culture is. As I have readers that come from all walks of life I explain things in a format that they understand. People would not understand if I said Canadian Paris. I have tried calling it North American Paris as well. I do agree that would be a better moniker from a “political correctness” standpoint. People know what American culture is and many people around the world outside of the west do not know what “Canadian culture” is like. Although both Canada & USA share a similar culture. This is nothing about disrespecting anyone. I can understand Canadians are sensitive about being called American. Since Italian and German cultures are so different it would be the same calling it the German New York. In my travels most people understand when I say American Paris, they do not understand when I say North American Paris. Cheers and thanks for the comment.

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    drefhill August 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Kelsey do you know that america is a continent and not a country ?
    Do you know that Montreal is in Canada and Canada is in America exactly like Chile Brasil Colombia etc… ?
    So american Paris si good for me.

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    Marcello August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I do believe drefhill that you are putting things out of context. North America is a continent not just America. America is often referred to as the United States in spoken language and technically is not a continent on its own. North America and South America are continents, America is not. The Americas is in reference to the new world and was named after Americo. Canada is not in America…. it is in The Americas and is part of North America.

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    Patricio Valades September 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I think American Paris is JUST FINE. From my perspective America WOULD be understood as a continent, not like USA, from a general perspective which Marcello is considering. so CHILL lol.

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    Marcello September 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Patricio!

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    Gabriel Urdaneta March 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Hello Marcello, you’re right because Montreal is “The America Paris”… thank you for your post, it is very interesting and has good photographs. Greetings!

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    Alesha- NOMADasaurus March 24, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Thank you for the post. We lived in Montreal for 4 months in 2009. We were there for the 30th Anniversary International Jazz Festival. Stevie Wonder played for FREE. We got to enjoy his 3 hour concert with 250,000 people. One of our best experiences in that beautiful place.

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