6 Reasons to Visit Montreal and Quebec City
Ideal locations for foodies, art enthusiasts, and history buffs
A winter wonderland of old-world charm greets you in Montreal and Quebec City. These cities are considered ideal locations for foodies, art enthusiasts, and history buffs. We have highlighted 6 reasons why you should add Montreal and Quebec City to the top of your list of must-see destinations.
- Culinary Excellence
What some may refer to as food heaven, Montreal is a paradise full of unique, delicious cuisines. Stunning restaurant options are available for a wide range of tastes and budgets. Consider trying these famous dishes while in the city of Montreal: poutine (French fries and cheese curds covered in gravy), a smoked meat sandwich (a local, fast food specialty), and the remarkable, Montreal bagel. We’ve heard they put NYC’s bagels to shame!
- Underground Adventures
Montreal has an underground city that consists of a multi-level pathway that leads you to a variety of shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, and much more. You are free to shop comfortably in the long, winter months of Montreal in their weather-controlled, underground city. Sites to visit include: Les Cours Mont-Royal, an upscale shopping center, Eaton Center, a shopping center located in the heart of the underground city, and the ice skating rink at Atrium Le 1000 which is easily accessible by the underground city.
- Diverse Museums
Whether you are interested in art, history, culture, or science, Montreal offers a museum that caters to your interests. For art enthusiasts, we recommend exploring the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The museum showcases paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphic arts, and decorative art objects including beautiful, Tiffany stained glass windows. As for science lovers, the Biosphere, Planetarium, and Insectarium is an exciting, kid-friendly, interactive museum. The museum’s intriguing biodome recreates four alluring ecosystems of the Americas.
- Language and History
With French and English as their official languages, Montreal offers the perfect mix of Europe and North America. Much of Montreal’s population is fluent in both English and French. In addition, the city’s architecture offers insight into the rich history of their culture dating back to the 16thcentury. The cobblestone streets and elegant architecture transport you throughout French colonial history. While visiting Montreal, be sure the stop by one of her many articulate cathedrals, McGill University, and the Château Ramezay, one of the oldest buildings in North America where Canadian and American history collide.
- Exquisite Architecture
Quebec City is often referred to as one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Journey throughout history as you view the stunning, centuries-old architecture. Experience Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Rich with French and Scottish history, this beautiful hotel closely resembles a fairytale castle. Witness the breathtaking Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, and fall in love with its ornate beauty and magnificent stained glass windows.
- Maple Syrup Delicacies
Quebec City is best known for all things maple syrup flavored, and it is oftentimes referred to as the sweetest place on Earth. Visit one of Quebec City’s many sugar shacks, and indulge your sweet tooth on one of their maple treats. On your sugar shack visit, experience history, witness taffy making demonstrations, and treat yourself to their delicious, ooey gooey candy on a stick!
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