Canada is one of the largest countries in the world. It ranks second in size after the Russian Federation and has a larger area than the United States and China. Such a huge and interesting country attracts millions of tourists every year.
Points of interest in Montreal
Montreal is not classically beautiful, but there is something that makes you fall in love with it at first sight. This is the most European city in the New Worldwhere masterpieces of 20th century architecture are hidden behind the facades of 18th century buildings. It is a city that is full of life and cultural traditions through a fascinating mix of festivals and events.
Montreal is also a food lover’s paradise. There are more restaurants per capita here than, for example, in the United States. They offer food from all over the world, so there is something for everyone.
Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame
The sights of Montreal amaze with the beauty of numerous temples and places associated with Christianity. Notre Dame Cathedral was built throughout the 19th century. It is the oldest neo-Gothic church in Canada and an exact replica of the famous Parisian cathedral.
Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral is the largest church in North America.
The Basilica of Notre Dame has two towers. The West Tower, called Perseverance, was completed in 1841. It contains a large bell named after St. John the Baptist, which weighs 11 tons. The eastern tower, entitled “Restraint”, was completed in 1843 and contains a carillon consisting of 10 bells.
Visit Mont Royal, see Montreal from above and a panorama of this city and its picturesque environs will open in front of you. This mountain has three peaks, the height above sea level is more than 200 and. Each peak has a different name in English and French.
Mont Royal is the tallest hill in the city.
The Latin Quarter is located west of downtown Montreal and is named for the mountain. It is a student and bohemian district. “French Columbus”, as the Breton discoverer of Canada Jacques Cartier is sometimes called, called the hill “the royal mountain” in honor of the monarch of France.
Since the 1970s, a decree has been in force according to which newly built buildings cannot be higher than 233 meters, so that the hill remains the focal point of the metropolis. To reach the top, you need to spend at least 30 minutes.
There is a cozy, beautiful park around the hill. It was opened in 1876. It is sometimes compared to Central Park in New York. Numerous footpaths eventually merge into two main roads.
On the way back, you can visit the Oratory of St. Joseph, the tallest church in Canada, and an artificial but picturesque Lake Bobrov. In winter, the park turns into one large winter sports arena: you can ski, sled and ice skate. Canadians love this place any time of the year.
Walk the streets of the Old Town
Take a leisurely stroll through the streets of the Old Town. This part of the city, Vieux-Montreal, is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. It is here that most tourists begin their journey around the city and believe that there is no more beautiful area than the Old Town.
There are buildings in the area dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, including the very first skyscraper.
The main square is always full of musicians and street artists. Walk down the cobbled street. Saint Paul, the oldest street in Montreal. It is only 1.5 kilometers away. The street is full of shops, small restaurants and art galleries.
Bagels are Montreal’s signature delicacy
Don’t forget to try the wonderful bagels, Montreal’s signature delicacy… Plain round dough with a hole causes a lot of excitement, especially when it hints at a New York buggy. Over the years, there has been a serious struggle between the two cities for the category of the best bagels in the world, although, according to experts, they are completely different. Fresh, handcrafted, baked in wood ovens, Montreal bagels are available 24/7.
The Montreal bagels are, according to true gourmets, one of a kind.
They have a sweet aftertaste because they are soaked in water and honey for 3 minutes before baking. The beauty of these bagels is that they are best consumed without any spreads. New York bagels, on the other hand, are served with many different toppings.
Wildlife of Canada
Canada is a country where you can admire not only megalopolises, but also wild nature. It is difficult to imagine staying in this country without a trip to Niagara Falls. Visit the Canadian Desert, Jasper and Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains, Wells Gray, Pacific National Park.
Whales from boats, polar bears and penguins are worth seeing. For those looking for extreme experiences, we recommend seeing the Northern Lights and going to the icebergs drifting in the Arctic Ocean.