Sightseeing Montreal and Quebec

If you have time, we recommend you to take a look to Montral and Quebec City.



istock_000013071275xsmall1. Basilique Notre-Dame

Designed by Irish architect James O’Donnell and built between 1824-9. It has a medieval-style interior with beautiful stained-glass windows, 24-carat gold stars in a vaulted blue ceiling, as well as one of the largest Casavant organs in North America. Don’t miss the fine art paintings in the nave and the impressive Chapelle du Sacre-Coeur hidden behind the altar.


2. La Citadelle, Quebec City

It is the largest military fortification in North America. The site was begun by the French in 1750, but much of the seen today was constructed by the British between 1820 and 1850, built to defend the city from possible invasion from the United States, in the 19th century. The fort is an active home to the Royal 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Forces and daily military spectacles are staged to entertain visitors during the summer months.


3. Parc du Mont-Royalparc-du-abdallahh

Parc du Mont-Royal covers more than 343 acres of forested mountain, providing abundant green spaces, shrubs and flowers, as well as habitats for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. Designed in 1876 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Mont-Royal continues to inspire locals as an arboreal delight in the center of their metropolis.


4. Musee de la Civilisation de Quebec

The exhibitions (two of which are permanent) cover history, culture, sports, science, and intellectual and esoteric themes in a range of interactive ways that entertain and educate visitors. The MCQ incorporates the muse de l’Amerique Francaise, the Maison Chevalier, the Seminaire de Quebec, as well as the Place-Royale Interpretation Center, to produce this vibrant look at local life in all its facets. The main entrance is the rue Dalhousie site.


istock_000018215635xsmall5. Parc Olympique

One of Montreal’s most remarkable attractions. Visitors can easily spend a full day or two entertained by the varied exhibitions, sights and activities available within this immense quadrilateral. Ride the funicular to the top of the Tour Montreal for the most enthralling view of the region.


6. Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre

It has a striking interior with sumptuous decoration, including impressive window archways. Hundreds of crutches, canes and medical aids can be seen stacked in pyramids beside the medieval-style entrance, testimony to pilgrim prayer and the healing powers associated with Sainte Anne de Beaupre. Stunning religious statues frame the entrance and line the luxurious gardens, including a Way of the Cross.


7. Ile d'Orleans3036813184_a29a7689c8

Ile d’Orleans was one of the first European settlements in the New World, and is referred to as the cradle of French civilization in North America.


8. Musee Pointe-a-Calliere

Ascending like a sentinel from the confluence of the St Pierre and the St. Lawrence rivers, this National Historic Site honours the founding of the city at Place Royale. Within this landmark of stone and brushed steel are three sections: a chic building constructed on top of the ruins of older structures; the archeological crypt and the renovated Customs House.


istock_000015611077xsmall9. Les Laurentides

Les Laurentides are part of a shield of forested peaks enclosed by the Ottawa, St Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, and are best known for their magnificent ski slopes, which roll into sight one hour north of Montreal. First Nations relics indicate Amerindian settlements here over 4,000 years ago and since the 19th century the region has been a rich agricultural zone famous for hunting, trapping and fishing in its 6,000 lakes and ponds.


10. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal

One of the most impressive museums in North America dominates by sides of stately rue Sherbrooke Ouest.




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