Montreal – the Beauty of French Canada

The most beautiful city of Canada is Montreal. The second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, is also the most European-looking place in Northern America. Located on an island and named after the triple-peaked hill in its central area, Montreal was recently named a UNESCO City of Design.

With so many European features in Montreal, one can call Canada and specifically its French-speaking part a oasis of the Old World spirit inside the skyscraper’s world. The city provide a legacy of historic and architectural interest, especially in the downtown area and the Old Port area.

Old Montreal is a historic area located southeast of downtown containing many different attractions such as the Old Port of Montreal, Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal City hall, the Bonsecours Market, Place d’Armes, Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, the Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica, and the Montreal Science Centre.

Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal have been maintained or restored and are frequented by horse-drawn carriages (caleches) carrying tourists. Old Montreal is accessible from the downtown core via the underground city and is served by several STM bus routes and metro stations, ferries to the South Shore and a network of bicycle paths.

The riverside area adjacent to Old Montreal is known as the Old Port. The Old Port was the site of the worldwide port of Montreal, but its shipping operations have been moved further east to its current larger site, leaving the former location as a recreational and historical area maintained by Parks Canada. The new Port of Montreal is now Canada’s largest container port and the largest inland port on Earth.

The city’s hill is the site of Mount Royal Park, one of Montreal’s largest greenspaces. The park, most of which is wooded, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park, and was inaugurated in 1876.

Many of the buildings in Montreal are dating back from the 17th century and bring a retro atmosphere for the tourist crowds, dressed in modern outfits, taking pictures and looking for cheap international calls.


September 8, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Communications

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