Montreal was the last stage of our route through Canada. We stayed there only two days, but we had enough time to know some quarters and point of interests of the city.
The travel by car from Tadoussac was longer than we expected, partly because another storm fell upon us and partly because of the traffic at the entrance of the city, so we arrived to the hotel half an hour late.
After putting our things in the room, we went out to walk through Vieux-Montreal, the old part of the city, which is located between the harbour over Saint Laurent River and the Financial District (Quartier International).
Montreal is another of Canada’s old cities. It was founded in 1642 and you can feel its strong French nature too, although not so strong as Quebec’s. The old quarter gathers many restaurants and all kind of shops, and it’s made up of a group of narrow alleys surrounded by classic buildings from the different ages the city has been through.
During our walk we could observe Notre-Dame’s Basilica, located at the same name street. We also could see hotels than seemed old European palaces and restaurants with the typical food from many American, European and Asian countries (Polish, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Mexican…).
We approached to the seafront promenade and kept walking to Jacques Cartier Square, one of the nerve centers of the city. It’s a not very long way, but it’s full of restaurants and street artists, and it’s a meeting place for many people in Montreal. This was the most crowded area in the city, and you could feel it in the atmosphere. During the rest of the walk we had the feeling that Montreal was an empty city, but we changed that thought the next day.
We were tired after the car travel from Tadoussac and the walk, so we had dinner and went to rest. We wanted to seize the next day and visit Parc du Mont-Royal, the Olympic area and some of the ethnic squares, besides trying to see the fireworks from “Canada Day” celebration (July 1st). And maybe, if our bodies resisted after all that, we could go to some concerts at Montreal Jazz Festival, which took place during those days.
Address: 1255 Rue Peel,Montréal, QC
GPS Coordinates: 45.500185, -73.572154
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