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3 days in Montreal

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3 days in Montreal
Montreal is both Continental and Canadian, old and new. Three days lets you barely scratch the surface of this remarkable city.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Old Montreal
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Old Montreal

Vieux-Montréal  is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved vi... "old towns" this side of Europe. This is a key component in what makes Montreal... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

Birthplace of Montreal and an authentic archaeological site, Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History leads visitors through six centuries of history, from Indian days to the present. Don’t miss the multimedia show, Yours Truly, Montreal and the two permanent exhibitions, Where Montreal Was Born and Montreal Love Stories. The Museum also presents two national or... More

Birthplace of Montreal and an authentic archaeological site, Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History leads visitors through six centuries of history, from Indian days to the present. Don’t miss the multimedia show, Yours Truly, Montreal and the two permanent exhibitions, Where Montreal Was Born and Montreal Love Stories. The Museum also presents two national or international temporary exhibitions every year on historical or archaeological themes, as well as many cultural activities. In 2013, the temporary exhibitions are The Beatles in Montreal and The Tea Roads. Less

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Montreal Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique de Montreal)
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Montreal Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique de Montreal)

Located near Olympic Park, Montreal's huge botanical garden contains over 20,000 different plant species in 31 specialized gardens, including the largest Chinese Garden outside Asia and a Japanese Garden with a tearoom and fabulous bonsai collection. The Insectarium hosts an "Insect Tasting" in November and December.

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Olympic Park (Parc Olympique)
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Olympic Park (Parc Olympique)

This huge park, originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, includes the home stadium of the Montreal Expos, the Botanical Garden and the Biodome.

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Day 2
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

One of Canada's most famous museums, this popular institution houses a wide collection of international contemporary and Canadian exhibits, and straddles two buildings, the 1912 original and its 1991 across-the-street annex with underground galleries that connect the two sites.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Notre-Dame Basilica
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Notre-Dame Basilica

Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city.

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St. Patrick's Basilica
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St. Patrick's Basilica

This 19th-century church has a collection of interesting mosaics on its ceiling.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Biodome de Montreal
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Biodome de Montreal

An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: -the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter; -the Laurentian Maple Forest, changing with the seasons; -the Gulf of St. Lawrence; -and the Subpolar Regions of the Americas: Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands.The Biodôme... More

An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: -the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter; -the Laurentian Maple Forest, changing with the seasons; -the Gulf of St. Lawrence; -and the Subpolar Regions of the Americas: Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands.The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life,” shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems.When the Biodôme opened in 1992, its “ecosystem” concept was a world first. Twenty years later, this systemic approach still has no equal in the faithful and complex way in which it represents the natural environment (its “rocks,” climates, lighting, etc.) and how both the animal species themselves and the animal and plant species interact.Our commitment to protecting the environmentThe Biodôme, just like the other Space for Life institutions (the Botanical Garden, Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium), aims to raise individual and collective awareness about the need to get involved in protecting our natural heritage. It carries out its mission through educational, conservation, research and outreach efforts. Less

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Day 3
Plateau Mont-Royal
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Plateau Mont-Royal

The Plateau Mont-Royal is one the prettiest neighbohoods in Montreal. Filled with local shops and cafes, narrow tree-lined streets and early 1900's... more »

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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal
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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée offers a varied program ranging from presentations of its Permanent Collection to exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. Through Education and Documentation Department, the museum presents a host of educational activities further to connect the general public with contemporary... More

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée offers a varied program ranging from presentations of its Permanent Collection to exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. Through Education and Documentation Department, the museum presents a host of educational activities further to connect the general public with contemporary art. Less

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Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum
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Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum

With more than 150 locomotives, cars, and railway vehicles, this unique museum is for rail fans, train spotters, history buffs and families alike.

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