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Not to be missed

Actually, this section depends a lot on your interests, your budget, if you are alone or not, etc. A "must see" sight for someone might not be as interesting for someone else. So I'll try to add different lists depending on various preferences. For the moment, here's a general list.

If you are going to be in Montreal, and only have a few days, you must at least visit these places :

  • Old Montreal and the old port , it may get crowded in the summer but it's so nice to walk around and look at the sights. There's also a lot of family activities in the old port and food (but usually expensive) restaurants;

  • Ste-Catherine street downtown between Square-Victoria (Union street) and Guy street, especially at night or in the afternoon. It's the main commercial street but it's more for walking then for shopping. You can also have access to the underground "city" (if you would like to do even more shopping... and more choice);

  • The Mont-Royal park and its lookout, the best view of Montreal. If you want the city at your feet, that's the best way to do it;

  • The Plateau Mont-Royal district, a visit to Montreal is not complete without a least a little walk in that district and a stop at one of the neighborhood restaurants.

  • The Pôle Maisonneuve area, where you can find the Biodôme de Montréal and Insectarium, the Olympic Stadium, the Jardin Botanique de Montréal (botanical gardens), etc;

  • St-Laurent boulevard north of Sherbrooke street for its restaurants and bars/clubs;

  • St-Denis north of Ste-Catherine (lot's of restaurants, boutiques, book stores and coffee shops) in the Quartier Latin district. The other part of St-Denis (north of Roy) street is even more interesting (the plateau Mont-Royal district);

  • The "islands" (Ile Ste-Hélène and Ile Notre-Dame), for the La Ronde amusement park, the Casino de Montréal, the bicycle paths and hiking paths, the old fort, the Expo 67 site and the Floralies site, etc.

  • The Musée des Beaux Arts (museum of fine arts), the Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal-Pointe-à-Callière or the Centre d'histoire de Montréal for history, the Biodôme de Montréal and Insectarium for science...

  • The churches like the Notre-Dame basilica, the Oratoire St-Joseph or the St-Patrick Basilica.

  • The restaurants, there are lot's of them so there's a lot of variety, just don't go to the usual places.

  • The festivals, almost too numerous to mention, like the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs festival, the International Film Festival (and the other 14 film festivals held every year), the Francofolies, etc.

  • The public markets like the Jean-Talon or Atwater markets.

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