A Touch of Europe in North America: Montreal Photos

 
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A stunning North American city with European flair, Montreal has much to offer the tourist, from outdoor activities such as biking and hiking to museums, nightlife, shopping, an array of festivals and events, nature and wildlife, and a variety of exquisite restaurants.  
Credit: courtesy, Tourisme Montreal 
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Place Jacques-Cartier, a wide street lined with restaurants and shops, spans from Hotel de Ville to the waterfront. Named for the explorer Jacques Cartier, the street lures tourists with artists, performers, and kiosks during the warmer months and is decorated extravagantly for the holiday season in December.  
Credit: courtesy, Old Montréal 
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The Notre-Dame Basilica, located in the historic district of Montreal, ranks among the most dramatic architecture in the world. Filled with hundreds of intricate wood carvings and 23 carat gold leaf stars adorning the domed ceiling, the Basilica's most unusual feature includes the stained glass windows depicting religious history scenes of Montreal.  
Credit: Stéphan Poulin 
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Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park, also designed Mount Royal Park, one of the largest green spaces in Montreal. The view of the city from Mount Royal is the best romantic setting in the city. Year round activities include hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and skating.  
Credit: Stéphan Poulin 
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Rent bikes in Old Montreal and pedal around the city. The city is full of bike paths, so hop on and pedal along the St. Laurence River, over the Lachine Canal, and across the bridge to Notre Dame Island where you can ride around the F-1 race track.  
Credit: Stéphan Poulin 
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The Lachine Canal bike path goes right past the Atwater market. Park your bike and check out this Montreal staple since 1933. Purchase meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, and a range of other seasonal foods year round.  
Credit: Carla Baker 
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Montreal's Biodome recreates four ecosystems of the Americas: the Tropical Forest replicates the South American rainforest, the Laurentian Forest replicates the North American wilderness, the Saint Lawrence Marine ecosystem is modeled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and the Polar area is divided into the Arctic and Antarctic. A variety of plants and animals live in each ecosystem and capture audiences with their charm and uniqueness.  
Credit: courtesy, Montreal Biodome/Sean O’Neill 
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Old Montreal dates back to colonial times and contains attractions including Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, and preserved colonial mansions. This is the perfect area for biking, shopping, eating, skating (year round), or just hanging out.  
Credit: Erika Lloyd 
 
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