While Montreal has rather harsh winters, the summers in this region are soothingly warm, sunny and enlivened by numerous street fairs and festivals. The season undoubtedly provides travellers with the right atmosphere to unwind. Travellers can take buses and taxis as they move around and sight-see within the city, but if you want to fully explore this beautiful location, settling on car hire is your best bet. When it comes to gastronomy, there are numerous terrace cafes where tourists can sample local drinks and dishes and socialise with visitors and locals alike. With its great ambiance and friendly people, Montreal is a destination that will not disappoint.
A trip to the heart of the city is definitely recommendable. With a car, you can visit the various museums, religious sites, historic spots and art galleries at your convenience. The Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are just a few of the places you wouldn’t want to miss. With car hire, a trip to Old Montreal can also be quite enjoyable and you can hop out of your car for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. There is more action here on the Formula One Racetrack and in the Amusement Park- La Ronde on the small offshore island of Île Ste-Hélène. For a taste of this city’s nightlife, you may want to consider hopping into Electric Ave or Hurley’s. If you have the time, you can even choose to head out to Toronto where there are even more places to see and additional activities to take part in.
The small city of Chambly is one of the most attractive destinations in the surrounding area, approximately 30km east of Montreal. At the restored Fort Chambly from 1711, you can discover the history of the Americans, French, English and Iroquois that fought over this region. In addition, many walking tours begin from Chambly through the valley to the Richelieu-River. This area is well visited at the weekend but, during a week, you will not come across another soul in the woods or in the many lakes. In the summer, the Parc National du Mont-Tremblant offers walking and cycling tours for every level of fitness around the 500 lakes as well as breathtaking waterfalls and, in winter, attracts visitors with its excellent cross-country ski tracks. Comfortable holiday hotels and guest-houses can be found in the area around Ste-Adèle and the Ste-Agathe-des-Monts at every price range.
MCR wishes you a pleasant journey in Montreal.
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