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Sights in Montreal

Montreal seems to be a very historic and religious French-speaking city that has a rich cultural and military history. It was the site of the 1967 World Expo and the 1976 Olympics. I wouldn’t mind checking out some of these places for myself.

  • Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal (Our Lady of Montreal Basilica)—a landmark Gothic Revival style church opened in 1829 with 228-foot twin towers in the front and thousands of 24-karat gold stars on the ceiling as well as a 12-ton bass bell that is the largest in North America and a 7,000-pipe Casavant organ; 110 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
  • Biodome—a domed and climate-controlled converted Olympic velodrome that is part of the Space for Life complex and features four ecosystems—a boreal forest, a tropical forest, a polar landscape, and the St. Lawrence River—each with native flora and fauna; 4777 av. Pierre-de-Coubertin
  • Biosphere—an environmental center that was once the American Pavilion in the 1967 World Expo that focuses on protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and has interactive exhibits on climate change, sustainable energy, and air pollution; Ille Ste-Helene, 160 Chemin Tour-de-Isle
  • Centre des Sciences de Montreal—a family-friendly science center with activities such as creating energy-efficient bikes, writing news reports for television, manufacturing T-shirts, riding unicycle 20 feet above the ground, and creating an animated movie with a special area for children ages 4 to 7 along with an IMAX theater, bistro, coffee and pastry shop, and food court; Quai King Edward
  • Chalet du Mont-Royal—a terrace in the front provides for a great view of the city, the river, and the countryside while inside are murals depicting Canadian history; Off Voie Camillien-Houde
  • Chateau Dufresne—adjoining homes of two shoe manufacturers, Oscar and Marius Dufresne, from the early 20th century that were considered to be part of a palace and was a boys’ school in the 1950s; 2929 rue Jeanne D’ Arc
  • Exporail—Canada’s largest railroad museum with over 120 train cars and locomotives and a vintage tram that can take you around the museum; 110 rue St-Pierre, St-Constant
  • Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site—located at a waterfront park at the end of the Lachine Canal, this site was an 1803 stone warehouse that is now a museum commemorating the Canadian fur trade; 1255 boul. St-Joseph
  • Insectarium—a bug-shaped museum considered to be one of the largest in North America with over 250,000 insects in its collection including tree roaches and butterflies and occasionally chefs come in with delicacies such as deep-fried bees and chocolate-dipped locusts if that’s your cup of tea; 4581 rue Sherbrooke Est
  • Jardin Botanique (Botanical Garden)—a landmark botanical garden with 181 acres of plants in the summer and year-round greenhouses including more than 26,000 plant species and 30 thematic gardens such as a rose garden, alpine garden, and poisonous plant garden; the Japanese Garden has one of the best Western bonsai collections; 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
  • La Ronde—an amusement park with thrilling rides, attractions, and roller coasters as well as Ferris wheels, boat rides, and children’s rides; 22 chemin Macdonald
  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site—a canal that was built in 1825 to transport boats and cargo across the Lachine Rapids and was closed to navigation in 1959 with the advent of the St. Lawrence Seaway; it was restored in 1978 by a federal agency that planted lawns and trees transforming it into a park where abandoned canneries, sugar refineries, and steelworks were converted into condominiums
  • Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre—a museum that recounts the story of Jewish communities before, during, and after the Holocaust by sharing the experiences of survivors from Montreal; 5151 Cote-Ste-Catherine Road
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)—one of the first great art museums in North America with over 41,000 works of art from ancient times to the present with paintings, sculptures, graphic designs, photography, and decorative art; 1380 Sherbrooke West
  • Pointe-a-Calliere Museum—a national historic site with an underground circuit leading visitors through archaeological excavations of the site that was the birthplace of Montreal and also has year-round temporary local and international exhibitions; 350 Place Royale
  • Centre d’Histoire de Montreal—a museum that explores Montreal’s history from the 1600s to the present with three floors of historical drawings and exhibits and the top floor dedicated to the 1967 Montreal Expo; 335 Place d’Youville
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau—a spacious park by the St. Lawrence River with cycling paths, public art installations, gardens, and walking trails that is also home to the Casino de Montreal, La Ronde, Stewart Museum, and the Biosphere and was the site of the 1976 Olympic games; 1 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
  • Grevin Montreal—on the fifth floor of the Eaton Centre, this is a wax museum with over 120 figures including Canadian and international celebrities; 705 Sainte Catherine Street West
  • Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal—the first building in Montreal to be classified as an historic monument that has interesting collections and exhibits as well as multimedia depictions of historical figures; 280 Notre-Dame Est.
  • Maison St-Gabriel—a 17th century historic home where St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and her religious order trained young women in household management that includes equipment such as looms, butter churns, spit turners, and a granite sink; 2146 pl. Dublin
  • Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame—a 10,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the Montreal Canadiens that includes memorabilia and a replica of the 1976-1977 locker room; Centre Bell, 1901 av. Des Canadiens-de-Montreal
  • Musee d’ Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art)—a modern art museum with over 5,000 works of art including canvases from Quebec’s 1930s artists splashed with colors; 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
  • Musee McCord De L’Histoire Canadienne (McCord Museum of Canadian History)—a wealthy collector’s collection of paintings, costumes, toys, tools, drawings, and housewares from the 19th century as well as a reading room, documentation center, gift shop, bookstore, and a café; 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
  • Oratoire St-Joseph (St. Joseph’s Oratory)—the world’s largest and most heavily trafficked shrine dedicated to the patron saint of Canada, St. Joseph, with a huge copper dome, gardens, and a grand interior along with an inviting crypt where 10,000 votive candles shine before a dozen murals that depict St. Joseph’s virtues; 3800 chemin Queen Mary
  • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium—a modern planetarium opened in early 2013 that is one of only a few planetariums with two circular theaters with one that has astronomy exhibits and the other a multi-media venue; its permanent exhibit EXO: Our Search for Life in the Universe allows visitors to explore life on Earth and in the universe; 4801 av. Pierre-de-Coubertin
  • Patrick’s Basilica—built in 1847, this Gothic Revival style basilica has a high vaulted ceiling with green and gold mosaics as well as decorated tall columns that is popular with English-speaking Catholics in Montreal; 454 boul. Rene-Levesque
  • Stewart Museum—situated in the arsenal of Ile-Ste-Helene’s 1820s Old Fort, this museum has two floors with almost 27,000 artifacts such as military objects, images, rare books, maps, and weaponry; 20 chemin du Tour-de-I’isle, I’le Ste-Helene

 

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