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Old Montreal: a must


A real journey in time, this is where you fall in love with the city.

Built close to the St. Lawrence River and stretching from the streets of the Commune (south), Saint-Antoine (north), McGill (west), and Berri Street (east), Old Montreal is a pedestrian area par excellence.

It is a wonderful opportunity to stroll cobbled alleys blending the modern with the old, recent buildings with period buildings boasting noble stone facades. On the Place d'Armes, a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica is well worth the time. This basilica, a precious religious heritage of Quebec, has no equivalent in the province and fascinates with its rich interior ornaments. Go through the Bonsecours Market, the old public market, which today has become the seat of the Quebec Craft Council, and head towards the Place Jacques-Cartier, one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, of town squares.

Wholly pedestrian since 1998, it's a great place for a break in one of the many restaurants and cafés housed in the imposing historic homes. The floral displays add additional colour to this picturesque tourist attraction.

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