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Exploring Old Montreal

Within the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, visitors can find old-world, European charm at the Old Port of Montreal. Charming cobblestoned streets lined with centuries-old buildings define the the historic neighborhood of Old Montreal, and winter is the best time to find deals to this quaint destination. 

Built in the late 1600s, or almost 200 years before Canada officially became a country, Notre Dame Basilica is rated on TripAdvisor by visitors as the top site to see in the city. Even for those who aren’t religious, the basilica’s elaborately decorated interior is sure to please any art or architecture buff. Chanteuse Céline Dion even chose this as the location where she took her vows in 1994. Adult admission to the basilica is CA$5, which includes a guided tour in either English or French. Or, if you’re around during Montreal’s upcoming Nuit Blanche on the evening of Feb. 26, admission is free.

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River and a waterfront green space, the Bonsecours Market is home to upscale shops, cafes and restaurants in the heart of Old Montreal. Since being built in the mid-1800s, the building has also been home to public markets and parliamentary offices. Around the corner from the market, you’ll find Place Jacques-Cartier, an open square lined with restaurants and often filled with street performers. Also found in Old Montreal, is the majestic copper-roofed city hall building, which is illuminated each night.

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Friday, February 18, 2011
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