Bask In The Beauty That Is Montreal

The largest city in eastern Canada, Montreal, after Paris, is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. Found on an island at the junction of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers with the New York state to the north. Montreal has a lot of beautiful places you can come and visit. Here are some places you should take note of before acquiring a Kanada ETA  (Electronic Travel Authorization).

Jardin Botanique Botanical Garden

Displaying a wide variety of plants, and gardens, the Jardin Botanique is a stunning site in Montreal.  Walk around the greenhouses that exhibit a wide array of climates ensuring a plant diversity that will captivate your senses. Visit their Chinese and Japanese themed outdoor gardens, let your children play around and experience the beauty nature has to offer.

Place Des Arts

Home to the annual summer “Festival International de Jazz de Montreal” this art complex is the largest of its kind. Showcasing not only music but also to the visual and performing arts as three other cultural organizations call Place des Arts home, namely the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opera de Montreal.

Vieux-Montreal

Also known as “Old Montreal” is a district of remarkable buildings that were constructed from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Its many historic streets and landmarks are best explored by walking, one of the beautiful sights to see here is the twin-towered Notre-Dame Basilica.

Notre-Dame Basilica

Standing proud since 1656, Notre-Dame Basilica is Montreal’s oldest church. From intricate interior work,  the 7,000-pipe organ, to the stained-glass windows showing the founding of Montreal, this church is surely exquisite. There are two kinds of tours offered, one is a 20-minute tour of the church, or, and I do suggest that you get the one-hour tour. Why? Because you will get more historical information and access to the second balcony, crypt, and access to the private areas as well.

Mont Royal

Rising 233 meters above the city, its the green lung near the city center. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is why Montreal is named Montreal. Take a walk and see the monuments of Jacques Cartier and King George VI, or have a look at the cemeteries found on the western slope. From the summit, you will see a beautiful panoramic view of the fifty-one-kilometer island of Montreal. On perfectly clear days, the view will extend to the Adirondack Mountains in the U.S.A.