Montreal is a fashionable and vibrant city of 1.6 million people in the Canadian province of Quebec. A mix of old European charm and modern North American style blends seamlessly in this city of innovation, culture and history. Montreal holidays are popular with Canadian travellers for its cultural experience that differs from other regions in the country.
Visiting Old Montreal is like taking a step into 17th century Europe. The winding streets are lined with museums like the Pointe à Callière, which uses audiovisual displays to retell the city’s history, and the Montréal Science Centre, which features hands-on exhibits and an IMAX movie theater that will delight both children and adults.
The centrally located Plateau district is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the city. Pack a picnic and people-watch from the benches of Parc Mont Royal, check out the eclectic boutiques that line the Prince Arthur pedestrian mall and learn about local art at the Maison de la culture. Montreal is a great city for active travellers, no matter the season. In the summer, celebrate the thawing of the Saint Lawrence River, which is frozen solid for much of the year, by river surfing and kayaking. In the winter, cross-country ski across the Parc Maisonneuve or the Parc regional d l’Ile-de-la-Visitation.
Montreal uses the Canadian dollar and ATMs can be found throughout the city. Summers in the city are warm and humid, with average temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius. Winters are characterized by snow, wind and very cold temperatures. The average winter high temperature in Montreal is -5 degrees Celsius but nighttime lows are often closer -13 degrees Celsius.