Montreal Flights:

Flights to Montreal

image of MontrealMontreal is the second largest city in Canada, situated in the province of Quebec. It’s officially a French speaking city and is home to the largest number of native French speakers in the world after Paris. However, English is also widely spoken and understood.

Flights to Montreal from South Africa can be taken with a number of different airlines, each of which have either one or two stops en-route. From Johannesburg you can catch a flight with South African Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and Swiss Air involving one stop at Frankfurt, Paris or Zurich. Alternatively, fly with Virgin Atlantic, BMI, British Airways, Delta, American Airlines or Air Senegal International for 2 stop flights.

All airlines with flights from Cape Town involve two stops, many of which include a stop in Johannesburg.

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The Tourist Attractions of Montreal:

Montreal is a vibrant and culturally-rich city with a reputation for being one of the liveliest in North America! It offers visitors a mix of old and new with the stunning historic architecture and the modern city with high-rise skyline. It should also be noted that Montreal city is actually situated on an island in the St Lawrence River.

The Old City of Montreal is one of the chief attractions for tourists. The historic buildings date from the 17th to the 19th century and the Old City has a very European feel about it. It’s an enjoyable place, especially in the summer, to simply walk around on the cobbled streets, soak up the ambience, enjoy a meal in a French restaurant or browse the boutique stores. Place Jacques-Cartier is a popular area for this – it’s a pedestrian-only street with performers and musicians lining it, as well as fine restaurants and nearby art galleries.

One of the most impressive buildings is the Basilique Notre-Dam. This is styled in the Victorian Gothic architecture which the city is famous for.

The Old Port is also an attractive part of Montreal to walk around and includes a large green space on the waterfront as well as other attractions including the Clock Tower, Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Science Centre and the Labyrinth.

There are a number of museums within the Old City too, including one which is the oldest stone church in Montreal at Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and the Montreal History Centre (Centre d’histoire de Montreal).

Most visitors find that the Old City is small enough to be seen on foot, but for a special treat why not try a horse-drawn carriage tour of 30 minutes or one hour duration?!

Downtown Montreal is the newer part of the city and there are several attractions here worth seeing. The Underground City, for example, is a great place to visit in the winter months as it’s a huge network of passageways connecting shopping malls, entertainment, cinemas, food courts etc.

Also the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, which is a scaled ¼ size copy of St Peter’s in Rome and has a particularly impressive interior.

Montreal’s Chinatown is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Canada and is a great place to visit if you enjoy Chinese food and want to browse the many gift shops.

Finally, Parc Jean-Drapeau is an interesting place to visit for several reasons. This was the home of the 1967 World’s Fair and now offers large green open spaces, the Montreal Casino, a large outdoor swimming pool complex, artificial beach and the home of the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix at Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit.

When Should You Visit?:

Montreal is a popular city at all times of the year, because, like all Canadian cities, it is well designed to cope with the cold winters with underground shopping malls etc! And if you enjoy cross country skiing or ice skating this is a good place to do it.

Summers are warm, but also have the highest rainfall. The average high in July is 26C. January’s average high is just -5.7C! Snowfall is heavy throughout the winter.

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