Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighbourhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre – to bohemian Plateau.
Some of the city's top attractions share space with fantastic shopping and dining options in Old Montreal, all set within an easily walkable and supremely central location. The cobblestoned Rue St-Paul overflows with upscale boutiques and galleries, while the café-lined Place Jacques-Cartier is one of Montreal's liveliest squares. Pointe-à-Callière Museum and Notre-Dame Basilica, 2 of the city’s must-see’s are located here, too.
Built in the 1820s on an original site from 1657 Notre-Dame Basilica the grand Gothic Revival church features a massive century-old pipe organ with 4 keyboards and 7000 individual pipes as well as gorgeous stained glass depicting scenes from Montreal's long religious history. The next-door Old Sulpician Seminary dating from 1685 is the city's oldest building.
Montreal Botanical Garden
One of the world's top botanical gardens, this 190-acre jewel includes 10 exhibition greenhouses, more than 20 themed gardens and some 22,000 plant species. There's also an on-site Insectarium -- the largest of its kind in North America, with some 250,000 specimens, both living and mounted.