Built in 1829, the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal is one of the oldest churches still in use in Canada today. It is designed to mimic the Gothic style of architecture which gives the building a style that predates even the settlement of Canada in the 16th and 17th centuries and making it appear much older that it is. Many famous French Canadians are connected to this church, such as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, whose funeral was held here, or singer Celine Dion who was married here. Attending Mass is free, but otherwise, entrance is $5.
Mont Royal park is the area from which the city of Montreal derives its name. The famous explorer Jacques Cartier reached and named this area in 1535. The hill is a short drive west of downtown Montreal and offers a variety of architectural and natural viewing sites, as well as an incredible view over the city.
St Catherine Street
Running through the heart of Montreal is the iconic St. Catherine Street. If you're looking for somewhere cool to relax, dine, and shop, this is a must see. Make sure to check out the numerous crepe, poutine, and smoked meat vendors and restaurants along the street as this is Montreal cuisine that you can't miss. For shopping, check out the Bay or H&M, as their St. Catherine Street locations are among the largest in Canada.
Montreal's climate is comprised of polar opposites, from snow and cold temperatures between -5 and -10 degrees celsius in the winter and humid and sunny summers reaching between 25 and 30 degrees celsius.
Spring is a great time to visit, as the pleasant temperature combined with the open-air markets and festivals are sure to delight any tourist.