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From museums and shopping to sports and architecture, Montreal has plenty going on to keep you entertained. But why else should you visit this vibrant city?
Montreal hosted the Olympic Games in 1976 and the specially constructed village is now a major tourist attraction. It is here that you will find the biodome, home to thousands of plants and animals in a display that replicates the earth's four ecosystems. You'll find more specimens at the science centre and Museum of Natural History.
Ice Hockey is Canada's national sport and if you want to see the local team playing live, you can do so at the Bell centre. If you prefer watersports, you can surf and jet ski on the St Lawrence River or take a leisurely, relaxing cruise to get a great view of the port.
Culture lovers can choose between the exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Architecture buffs will enjoy wandering through Old Montreal and visiting the Pointe-a-Calliere - the Montreal museum of archaeology and history.
If you love a spot of retail therapy, head for the Plateau and don't miss the underground city, a vast and fascinating complex of shops, restaurants and services that offer refuge from the elements, particularly during the winter. Whatever time of year you visit, you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Travelling to Montreal is straight forward and flights are plentiful. Find out how to get there...
From the moment you land at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) the city's distinctive blend of European and North American cultures is immediately apparent.
Once your plane touches down, you'll want a hassle-free journey to your accommodation. Here are your options...
If you want to get public transport from the airport to your accommodation, the 24-hour 747 bus line runs between the Montreal-Trudeau airport and the central bus station. Travel times will be between 45 and 60 minutes. There are also a number of shuttle buses that run to various areas and more information about this can be found on the Montreal-Trudeau airport website.
You can also get the VIA intercity train, or if you'd prefer a door to door service, opt for a taxi. You will find the rank located at the arrivals level near the central exit.
Montreal offers a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. But what area should you stay in to ensure you get the most out of your holiday?
Montreal is quite a compact city meaning that wherever you choose to stay, you can easily hop on the metro to visit other parts of the area.
If you are hoping to see a lot of Montreal's sights on foot, choosing to stay in the beautiful old town would be a good option. Here you will find a lot of small boutique hotels housed in old buildings and will be able to see impressive sights such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Point-a-Calliere Museum, the river and a variety of eateries and bars. You will also find shopping opportunities and plenty of entertainment in the evening.
Alternatively, you may wish to stay in Montreal downtown. Vibrant and bustling both by day and by night, you will find a number of big brand, chain hotels here such as Hyatt, Novotel, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Travelodge and InterContinental. Opting to stay here will mean you will have plenty on your doorstep to keep you busy, including restaurants, bars and shopping.