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This beautiful French-speaking city is the second largest in Canada after Toronto, and its considered the country’s cultural capital. While French and English are the main influences, Montreal is truly international with an energy and joie de vivre found only in the world’s top cities. If you’re looking to experience some of the best it has to offer, be sure to check off at least a few of these fabulous things to do on your itinerary.

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La Ronde
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La Ronde
La Ronde

Get your heart-pounding at Eastern Canada’s largest amusement park

La Ronde is Eastern Canada’s largest amusement park. It not only offers roller coasters that will get your heart jumping out of your chest, it’s world-renowned for holding two Guinness Records for its “Monstre,” the largest two track wooden roller coaster on the planet, and the largest wooden coaster in Canada. If you’ve got little ones with you, you’ll find rides for them as well, like the Le Galopant carousel. In addition to thrill rides and family-friendly rides, the park hosts live entertainment and special events, like a fireworks shop held bi-weekly throughout July.

Rue Saint Paul
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Rue Saint Paul
Rue Saint Paul

Stroll Saint-Paul Street

There is a ton to see and do in Old Montreal, but if you don’t have a lot of time, walking down Saint-Paul Street will allow you to soak up the city’s famously European atmosphere. This is the epicenter of Old Montreal. While its barely a mile long, its cobblestones are lined with an abundance of eateries, bars, souvenir shops, boutiques and art galleries, tucked within some fantastic historic buildings. It dates to the late 1600s, when it was the center of the fur trade, as do the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, which share an address here. On Saint-Paul’s eastern side is Marché Bonsecours, which houses Boutique des metiers d’arts Quebecois, a hub for local artisans and artists, including jewelers, glass blowers and apparel designers.