Montreal, a city within Quebec, Canada, is the largest city in the province, and is the second largest in all of Canada, and the ninth largest in North America. Named as a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, Montreal is historically the commercial capital of Canada, and is an important center of design, culture, tourism, film, gaming, and world affairs, among others. The city is in the hot-summer humid continental climate zone.
What to see & do
When in Montreal, destinations worth checking out include Old Montreal, Mount Royal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal Biodome, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Old Port of Montreal, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal Botanical Garden, Lachine Canal, Bell Centre, Bonsecours Market, La Fontaine Park, Montreal Olympic Stadium, Redpath Museum, Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Biosphère, Montreal Science Centre, Montreal City Hall, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal Planetarium, Maisonneuve Park, Mount Royal Cemetery and Habitat, to name a few. Being the industrial and financial center of Canada for more than a century and a half, structures in Montreal such as factories, warehouses, mills, and refineries have also become areas of historic and architectural interest, especially in the downtown area of the Old Port. More than any other city in Canada, Montreal also boasts of 50 National Historic Sites of Canada.
How to get around within Montreal
Discover more of Montreal by metro, train, and taxi. When traveling by metro, the three options available in Canada can be found in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. The city has a public transit system that is run by Société de transport de Montréal or STM. Communication can be a bit challenging for non-French speakers since most announcements are done in French, with the signage mostly in French, and the transit workers speaking in French. The trains are not air conditioned and can be hot. The train system within Montreal is run by the Agence métropolitaine de transport or AMT. Divided into eight zones, the commuter train stations have automated machines for tickets appropriate to the area of the station to travel to and from of. There are zone numbers and two types of fares, namely the TRAIN fare (valid on commuter trains only) and the TRAM fare (valid on buses and metro within the respective zone). Traveling by taxi is easy and the drivers are mostly friendly. Some drivers have limited knowledge of the English language but most if not all are able to understand street addresses even when said in English. When travelling by taxi, be advised that the drivers only accept cash.
How to get there
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport or Montréal-Trudeau, the hub for Air Canada, is a public airport in Dorval and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Flight destinations that are served by the airport include Mexico City, Algiers, Brussels, Calgary, Curaçao, London, Bagotville, Boston, Newark, Vancouver, Cancún, Beijing, Chibougamau, Paris, Kuujjuaq, Saint-Pierre, Orlando, Dallas, Panama City, Santa Clara, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Munich, Toronto, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Zürich, Istanbul, Chicago, Charlotte, and Fort Lauderdale, via airlines such as Aeroméxico, Air Algérie, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Creebec, Air France, Air Inuit, Air Saint-Pierre, Air Transat, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Corsair International Cubana, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, First Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Porter Airlines, Provincial Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SkyGreece Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, United Express, US Airways Express, WestJet, and WestJet Encore. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport also has charter flights via Air Berlin, Air Inuit, Canadian North, Condor Flugdienst, First Air, Japan Airlines, and Miami Air International, to and from Val-d'Or, Moncton, Thunder Bay, and Orlando; with seasonal flights to and from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kansai, and Tokyo.
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