ABOUT VACATION RENTALS IN MONTREAL
Montreal, Canada, is the largest French speaking city after Paris. Founded by a group of French Catholics, Montreal is a synthesis of French and English speaking peoples, and the city is known for its grace and elegance. It's not just urban delights that can thrill you in a typical Montreal vacation, though. Hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing can be part of the repertoire of activities. Let's start though, with the urban delights.
The Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal (Museum of Contemporary Art) is where you can discover Quebec creativity and leading international trends. The museum houses a collection of modern art created after 1939. The Musee des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) is the first museum in Canada dedicated to the visual arts. With more than 30,000 exhibits, the museum features a permanent collection on international contemporary art, and Canadian contemporary art.
The Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal is the oldest and grandest Catholic church in Montreal and one of the most magnificent churches in North America. The church was built in the 17th century, but a new building was added in 1829. Neo-Classical and Neo-Gothic designs characterize the design of the church. The Botanical Gardens at Montreal is spread out over 180 acres packed with 21,000 plant varieties in 31 specialized segments. Tropical and desert plants are featured in ten large greenhouses.
The Parc du Montreal-Royal was designed by Frederick Olmsted, the designer for New York City's Central Park. It's 494 acres of forest and paths, a kind of oasis in the urban wilderness. Jogging, cycling, and hiking the miles of foot paths are how you can spend your time here. The Lachine Rapids in the St. Lawrence River is where speed boats rule. The Lac des Castors (Beaver Lake) is where sunbathers and picnickers gather. Horse drawn buggy rides and cross country skiing in winter are the other activities in tow.
Going back to the urban delights, the Hippodrome de Montreal is venue to horse racing and hockey. The Bateau Moche boat tours are day or evening cruises taking off from Old Port to areas of Montreal inaccessible to traditional water craft. Diving in the St. Lawrence River is another classic Montreal activity. Shopping can make you possess Inuit (Eskimo) sculptures. The Old Town section of the Latin Quarter, Downtown, is where you can listen to some jazz, whip up French cuisine, ethnic dishes, and Mexican, Greek, Polish, or Italian dishes. The Place Jacques-Cartier is one of the most beautiful of the old city's squares.