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Montreal Introduction


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Although Montreal is often compared to Paris, this cultural metropolis is very much its own distinct city. It has much of the Gallic charm associated with Paris: the French language, fine restaurants, historic buildings, lively streets and sidewalk cafes. But many visitors find Montreal much more casual and friendly than its European counterpart.   Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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Montreal Geography


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The Ottawa River runs into the St. Lawrence River and creates a series of small rivers, lakes and islands, the largest of which is the Island of Montreal. The city of Montreal and the demerged municipalities share the island. The city maintains jurisdiction over a few additional satellite islands. Suburbs occupy other islands and the north and south shores of the river complex. These suburbs are linked to Montreal by 21 major and minor bridges, one highway tunnel and two metro lines.  Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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Montreal History


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The region around Montreal was inhabited by the Iroquois before the first French voyagers arrived. In fact, the Iroquois had established the beginnings of an empire, part of which was Hochelaga, a small village in what is now Montreal. French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535 became the first European to sail up the St. Lawrence River and climb the mountain—and claim the land for France. He christened the elevation Mont Royal.   Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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Montreal Sightseeing & Things to Do


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We think the best way to discover Montreal is by strolling through its neighborhoods and stopping at places that interest you. This approach will give you a feel for the city and its warm, relaxed atmosphere. You can get to major attractions via the metro or by foot. The Berri-UQAM Metro may be the city's most important station, because three lines intersect there, and the Latin Quarter is nearby.   Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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Montreal Nightlife


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In the 1920s, U.S. Prohibition helped create Montreal's notoriety as a party town: U.S. residents streamed across the border for the liquor that flowed as freely as the jazz. The city still lives up to its old reputation. There are bars to suit every taste—from the cozy and romantic to the wild and crazy. Last call is at 3 am.  Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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Montreal Restaurants & Dining


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You'll find French food in many permutations in Montreal—from wallet-busting haute cuisine to casual bistros. Add hybrid cuisines and Asian imports (Thai, Vietnamese, Indian), and you have a world-class restaurant town.   Click here to see the full Montreal travel guide on Travel42 »

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