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Old Montreal Vieux Montréal

Said to be North America's most remarkable concentration of 17th, 18th and 19th c. buildings, "old Montréal" is the delightful Parisian-style quarter between the harbor and the banking district. Lovingly restored over the past thirty years, and very popular with visitors, it is best explored on foot, starting from the Metro for the Champ de Mars, just south of the station. A one-time drillground, then a promenade for the bourgeoisie, and now a square on the Rue Notre-Dame, this is overlooked by the two imposing 19th c. buildings of City Hall and the Palace of Justice.

Rue Bonsecours

Old Port

Night at the Old Port of Montreal.
Extending along the river close to the Marché is the site of the old port, restored at great cost and today enjoying a new role as an entertainment and leisure center. Special attractions include an ultra- modern IMAX cinema, a large junk market, and the Quai Jacques Cartier. From the old port a magnificent view is obtained of the impressive Montréal skyline. Boat tours run from the Quai Victoria.

Place Jacques Cartier

Place Jacques Cartier contains a popular market area with shops and cafes.

Place d'Armes

Rue Saint-Paul

The Rue Saint Sulpice, as it runs down to the waterfront, is crossed by Montréal's oldest street, the Rue Saint-Paul, nowadays lined with all kinds of shops, but originally completed in March 1672 as the road between the fort and the Hôtel Dieu, the old hospital. It gets its name as much from Paul de Chomedey, the city's devout founder, as from St Paul the Apostle.

Place Royale

The Place Royale, a short distance to the west of the Rue Saint-Paul in Montreal, was the heart of French colonial life, its market and its parade ground until transformed in the 19th c. with various government buildings.
The Neo-Classical customs house (1837) stands at the northern end.

Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire

Panoramic view of Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal, QU.
At the south-east orner of Place Royal in Montreal lies the Pointe-à-Callière, the "cradle of Montréal city". Two plaques and an obelisk, the work of Québécois artists, unveiled in 1894, commemorate the founding of the French settlement of Ville-Marie here in the late spring of 1642. The Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire, in buildings which are themselves of architectural interest, documents the city's beginnings. Remains of 17th and 18th c. foundations can be seen in the basement.
Address: 350 Place Royale, Montréal, QU H2Y3Y5, Canada

Place d'Youville

Montreal Science Centre

The Montreal Science Centre offers a range of activities including exhibitions related to science and technology, and includes an IMAX theatre. The Centre is a favorite with families and is designed for all ages.
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