The city of Montreal is located in the middle of the St. Lawrence river in southwest Quebec and is Canada’s second largest city. Montreal has a French soul, in fact, it has the largest population of French speakers outside of Paris. The city enchants visitors with an old-world charm and an unpretentious love of good food and festivals.The first Europeans to arrive here were from France and while the British later claimed ownership, an elegant sophistication lingers on. Some of the buildings here date back to the 17th century, making it one of the oldest urban areas in North America.

While traveling to Montreal, discover the city’s famous food scene. Try Poutine – or, follow your nose to one of the city’s many wood fired ovens and try a real Montreal bagel.

Montreal is also thoroughly hip. The city hosts more than 100 festivals throughout the year but even if you happen to be here between events, there is always something cool going on.

And of course, you can’t leave town without a trip to La Ronde, the city’s beloved amusement park.
As the sun sets on your adventures, head back downtown and discover Montreal after dark. Enjoy cool jazz, smoky blues or wind down with something a little more quirky.