Montreal's Must-See Attractions

A visit to the eastern Canadian city of Montreal is not complete without experiencing its fascinating art, culture, food and architecture.

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Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac

Château Frontenac

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Chateau Frontenac hotel is probably Quebec City's most prominent landmark.

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Citadelle of Quebec

Citadelle of Quebec

A military installation and fortress, the Citadelle is home to the Royal 22e Régiment and Batisse, the Royal mascot goat. 960 1280

  

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

Located only 7.5 miles from Quebec City, this powerful waterfall is a popular tourist attraction with a gondola and staircases that offer amazing photo opportunities. 960 1280

  

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

Quebec City has tons of summer festivals each year, including free Cirque du Soleil shows in the evenings under a freeway overpass. 960 1280

  

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

Take stroll through the heart of Old Quebec, and you'll find the quaint L’entrecôte Saint-Jean restaurant serving its famous steak and fries dish. 960 1280

  

Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and Carriage Ride

Discover the history and culture of Old Quebec with a romantic and informative horse-drawn carriage ride. 960 1280

  

Quebec City Marathon

Quebec City Marathon

Held every August, the Quebec City Marathon winds its way through some of the city’s most beautiful areas along the northern and southern shores of the St. Lawrence River. 960 1280

  

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Mont-Sainte-Anne

A ski resort located about 25 miles northeast of Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne offers a range of outdoor activities year-round, including golfing, mountain biking and night skiing. 960 1280

  

Dufferin Terrace

Dufferin Terrace

The popular wooden walkway offers incredible views of the surrounding area, including the St. Lawrence River and Château Frontenac. 960 1280

  

Mural Artwork

Mural Artwork

A walk around Old Quebec will reveal some colorful murals depicting the history of the city, such as this one called Fresque des Québécois (Mural of Quebecers). 960 1280

  

Street Performers

Street Performers

Take a break from your Quebec City walking tour and sit down to watch some of the talented local street performers. 960 1280

  

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec City

Enclosed by fortified walls, the Old City of Quebec is full of impressive and beautiful European architecture, such as the Manoir d'Auteuil hotel. 960 1280

  

Canyoning Quebec

Canyoning Quebec

In the mountains outside of Quebec City, you can find all kinds of fun adventure activities, like rappelling down 60-foot waterfalls! 960 1280

  

Quebec City Skyline

Quebec City Skyline

Take a cheap ferry ride across the St. Lawrence River to watch the sun set over the Quebec City skyline. 960 1280

  

Theatre Capitole

Theatre Capitole

This renovated old-school theater and hotel at Place d’Youville square features musical performances and plays. 960 1280

  

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

With a focus on visual artists with ties to Nova Scotia, such as famed folk artist Maud Lewis, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia offers visitors an extensive collection of more than 15,000 historical and contemporary works. It also brings in many national and international exhibits every year. Dine at the Gallery’s restaurant, Untitled Eats, for lunch or dinner during the week or for brunch on Sundays. 960 1280

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Bistro Le Coq

Bistro Le Coq

Your French will improve exponentially with one bite of the crêpes at Bistro Le Coq. With its warm country-kitchen interior and outdoor patio on busy Argyle Street, it is a mandatory stop for local and visiting foodies. Serving fresh, locally sourced food is the agenda at Chives, another one of Halifax’s fine dining options. 960 1280

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Casino Nova Scotia

Casino Nova Scotia

Try your luck at Casino Nova Scotia. This top-notch gaming, entertainment and dining complex is located on Halifax’s waterfront. The casino offers packages with the nearby Delta Halifax and Delta Barrington hotels, which are just a short walk away through the climate-controlled pedway pedestrian tunnels. 960 1280

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Halifax Farmers' Market

Halifax Farmers' Market

The Halifax Farmers' Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America. Open year-round, the market’s more than 200 vendors (who offer lots of sampling) are housed in and around a new harborside, eco-friendly building. Take a short stroll and you can visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Like the United States’ Ellis Island, the pier served as a point of entry for immigrants seeking a better life. 960 1280

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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

You might think you’ve been transported to the 1800s when you visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The restored fort is often filled with period-clad reenactors who give visitors a realistic glimpse into this landmark’s rich past. Tours are offered throughout the day and are included with admission. Don’t let the big bang you’ll hear scare you; it’s just the daily firing of the citadel’s noon gun. 960 1280

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Argyle Street

Argyle Street

Where there are college students, there are pubs, and Halifax has plenty of both. Home to 6 major universities, Halifax boasts one of the highest numbers of bars per capita of any Canadian city. Popular watering holes include the waterfront’s Lower Deck and Toothy Moose on pub-heavy Argyle Street. 960 1280

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Halifax Harbour

Halifax Harbour

Halifax Harbour is not only the largest natural harbor in the world and a major trade port, it is also a great place to catch a boat ride and enjoy the beautiful Halifax scenery. You might want to take a cheap ferry ride from Halifax to its sister city of Dartmouth or enjoy a magical sunset cruise on the Tall Ship Silva. 960 1280

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Alexander Keith's Brewery

Alexander Keith's Brewery

Raise a glass of India pale ale to Alexander Keith at this historic brewery. The brewmaster opened his original waterfront brewery in 1820, and today you can take a fun and informative tour of the brewery. Guided by actors in period costumes, the tour ends with a stop at Stag’s Head Tavern and an opportunity to sample Keith’s fine ales. 960 1280

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Set sail on a historic journey of Halifax at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The “Halifax Wrecked” permanent exhibit is a captivating look at the horrific Halifax Explosion that occurred when 2 ships collided in the city’s harbor in 1917. The museum’s large collection of ship models is very popular among children. 960 1280

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NovaScotian Crystal

NovaScotian Crystal

The only crystal maker in Canada, NovaScotian Crystal is often compared to great brands like Baccarat and Waterford. You can get a free, up close look at the art of crystal making at the company’s waterfront glassworks, where craftsman take molten crystal and transform it into things of beauty -- which you are welcome to buy in the showroom. 960 1280

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Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia Archives

While Southampton, England, was the starting point for all of Titanic’s passengers, Halifax is the resting place for 150 of its victims. Ships from Halifax were dispatched to collect bodies, and the city’s bond to the tragedy was forever formed. You can discover moving cemeteries and see preserved artifacts from the vessel at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Archives. 960 1280

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Peggy's Point Lighthouse

Peggy's Point Lighthouse

Halifax and the surrounding province of Nova Scotia are home to more than 150 lighthouses. Many of these historic beacons offer tours with guides who have perfected the art of storytelling. One of the most popular lighthouses is the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, which was built in 1915 and is located just an hour from Halifax. 960 1280

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Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

Look at the pretty flowers. The Victorian-era Halifax Public Gardens are simply beautiful with a bandstand, fountains, ponds and intricately designed flower beds. There is no cost to visit the gardens, and you can explore the 16 acres while enjoying a coffee or some hand-paddled ice cream from Uncommon Grounds Café, located in the gardens. 960 1280

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The Battered Fish

The Battered Fish

A visit to Halifax without having some fish-and-chips would be a sacrilege. One of the best spots for this maritime treat is The Battered Fish, located on the waterfront boardwalk. While here you should stop next door at BeaverTails. This pastry stand’s namesake product is fried dough shaped to resemble a beaver’s tail. It’s a little bit of heaven when topped with sweet maple butter. 960 1280

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Nova Scotia Wineries

Nova Scotia Wineries

Believe it or not, Nova Scotia is possibly one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America. The province is home to a dozen wineries that are open to the public for tours and tastings. In addition, many of the wines are served and available for sale in Halifax. 960 1280

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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Don’t be confused, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a high-energy show of military and civilian performers from across Canada and around the world. Held annually during the first week of July, the show’s many featured acts include drummers, bagpipers, highland dancers and acrobats. 960 1280

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