Montreal Journals

Montreal, the Paris of North America

A December 2002 trip to Montreal by Lori Lynn

Quote: Why travel across the ocean when all you need to do is drive north to Montreal? Amongst the oldest cities in North America, Montreal exudes the vibrant diversity of major European cities with a unique French Canadian flair.

Montreal Biodome

Attraction | "Biodome"

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The interior of the biodome is divided into different regions: tropical, eastern forest, marine, and arctic. Exotic birds fly around while you explore what is hidden in the rivers and caves of the tropical area from the safety of the walkways. The forest harbors the playful otters while linxes lurk on the rock outcrops and birds twitter over the beaver dam. The arctic venue is home to the puffins and several types of penguins who will amuse you for hours while they "fly" through the water. Finally, submersed in the ocean depths you will be able to explore the variety of fish in our oceans and lakes, culminating in a pleasant stroll through a tidal pool zone. Interactive areas are available in the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Montreal Biodome
4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
Montreal H1V 1B3
(514) 868-3000

La Ronde

Attraction

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The amusement park is reached either via an exit half way over Jacques Cartier Bridge or by the subway from either the south shore or downtown Montreal. It is on Ile Ste-Helene, site of the 1967 World Exposition and sports wooden as well as modern rollercoasters and rides for younger children, and it is a regular venue for outdoor concerts and fairs. In July and August there is an international fireworks competition which takes place in the evenings 2-3 times a week. The best vantage point is from the island (La Ronde) or from the bridge over the island which is blocked to traffic for this occasion. Get there early and take a blanket to sit on. This is generally better than the works at Disneywor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

La Ronde
1 Circuit Gilles-villeneuve (île Ste-hélène)
Montreal, Quebec H3C 1A9
+1 514 872 6222

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Attraction | "Notre Dame Basilica"

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This richly ornate church is the jewel of Old Montreal. Used for state funerals and weddings, its delicately painted frescoes, walls, and ceilings inspire the most disspirited soul to rejoice. Pay for the tour, it's worth it. This is the site of a most spectacular Christmas Mass and was once home to the Christmas recital of Handel's Messiah (it may still be sung there). If you get the opportunity to go to these take advantage of it. Both are by ticket only and are normally sold in October and November through Ticketmaster.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
110 Notre-dame Street West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1
(514) 842-2925