Montréal is the largest city in Canada’s Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs include neighbourhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre – to bohemian Plateau.
Blessed with one of the most exciting food scenes in North America, Montréal brims with restaurants dedicated to Kamouraska lamb, Arctic char and poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy). There are numerous patisseries, English pubs, Jewish delis and food markets reminiscent of Paris. There are hipster bars with tiny bowling alleys and countless cafes in which to spend an afternoon.
The city, standard bearer of an entire linguistic-cultural identity – Francophone Canada – lives for public celebration of the arts. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is the headline event, followed by parties dedicated to world cinema, comedy, and LGBT pride.