If there’s one word that describes Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city, it’s multi-faceted. Owning a mesmerising fusion of modern North America and charming, traditional Europe, Montreal is a city with many faces and unlike anywhere else. With a French heart and distinctly Canadian charm, Montreal defines versatility.

From festivals, arts and good food, Montrealers know all about joie de vivre and what it means to live well. If you find this charming city calling you (and who could resist?!), these are the top sites you have to see!

Notre Dame Basilica

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Built between 1824 – 1829 and located in the heart of Old Montreal is the famous Notre Dame Basilica; North America’s largest church of its kind upon completion. Dedicated to Mother Mary, the Basilica is built in Gothic style, with deep blue vaults and gold stars, wood carvings and stone statues.

Mont Royal

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No trip to Montreal would be complete without a visit to the city’s namesake mountain (Montreal is a derivative of the name Mont-Royal). Located in the heart of the city, Mont Royal is a single hill of volcanic origin, offering visitors with panoramic views of the city below.

Old Montreal & the Old Port

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For stunning old buildings and narrow cobblestoned streets, spending time in Old Montreal and the Old Port feels like stepping back in time to a small French village. Spend time wandering through the city’s former centre (which dates back to the 17th Century) before heading to the waterfront (Old Port).

Downtown Montreal

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Approximately 25 minutes from Old Montreal is Downtown Montreal. Like other major Canadian cities, Downtown is filled with high rise buildings, shopping centres, monuments, churches and manicured lanes. The perfect place to spend time if you’re interested in shopping, eating at restaurants and entertainment.

Interested in venturing to the quaint, French-Canadian city of Montreal? Check out our Cosmos tour itineraries here.

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