Montreal is Canada's second largest city and considered by many to be "the cultural-capital of Canada." It was recently named the UNESCO city of design and is a huge economic and cultural center. Although it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (behind only Paris), it is a mixing pot of over one hundred nationalities, giving it a vibrancy and charm. In the summer, Montreal also comes alive with jazz and rock music festivals, as well as animation festivals and live theatre.
Day 1: Montreal Day Tour
The Montreal Day tour is a great way to see the city. You buy a ticket for a hop-on hop-off tram, which includes local commentary and guides. The tram stops at around two hundred points of interest, so that you really get a sense of the city as a whole. Highlights include the Notre-Dame Basilica, with breathtaking interior decoration, the Olympic Park, which was built for the 1976 Olympic Games and St. Joseph's Oratory, a basilica which sits on top of Mount Royale and has the second largest dome in the world.
Day 2: Bike Tour and Old Montreal
This relaxed bike tour takes you through some of the pedestrianized areas of Montreal that you may have missed the day before during your hop-on hop-off tour. You will cycle through the Latin quarter, La Fontaine park and into the Victorian-built Golden Square mile. Then you’ll swing through the business district and finish in the Old City. This tour only lasts half a day, so once you're in the Old City you’ll have plenty of time to go back and visit the sights you wanted to see more of.
Day 3: Day Trips from Montreal