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Things to see and do in Montreal

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The Love Island Effect

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At the Copa… Copacabana

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How to get the most from your Brazilian holiday

This South American giant needn’t be overwhelming.

Pride in the USA

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, we’re celebrating 2019’s must-visit Pride events in Philly, Chicago, Vegas, and W. Hollywood.

WorldPride: 50 years of Pride in NYC

We learn where to go for all things Pride in NYC — parties, food, history, arts and culture. We've got the scoop with a local in the Big Apple.

Hidden delights beyond Dubai

Dubai dominates our view of the UAE, but there are more to be discovered by the discerning traveller.

Where in the Far East is for me?

We asked some of our favourite local experts in the Far East to give us a flavour of their destinations.

An expert's guide to San Francisco

We sent some of our team on a fact-finding holiday to San Fran. Here's a taste of what they experienced.

5 day trips to take when in Orlando

It's easy to forget that Florida is more than just attractions. Here's our picks for some days out beyond the parks.

The Most Instagrammable places in NYC

If you’re looking for some serious Insta-envy from your followers, these Big Apple beauties are sure to get the likes rolling in.

What you need to know about Thailand

We caught up with Andrea in Thailand on some of his hotel hotspots and must-visit areas around the country.

The best places to eat in Arizona

We've put together some food for thought on where to eat in Arizona, from watering holes to desserts in the dunes. Did someone say air conditioning and ice cream?

How to holiday at Universal Orlando Resort

Get the most out of your Universal Orlando Resort holiday with advice from our local expert — Jay Goodrow.

Have a nice day in San Francisco

A handful of quintessentially San Francisco places and experiences that we’d love to share with you.

LA LA Land

Become an honorary Angelino and explore LA and beyond with these tours and experiences.

More about Montreal

A determined mixture of French and Canadian, this city's dual personality is reflected in its architecture as well as its population. Drop by Place Ville Marie, Place d'Armes and the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica. Take a walk in the beautiful Jean-Drapeau Parc or a Bateau Mouche down the St Lawrence River. 

Discover the east or west side of Old Montréal. Visit attractions such as Cours Le Royer, St-Paul Street, Palace Jacques-Cartier, City Hall, Champ de Mars, Bonsecours Street and its chapel and the Bonsecours Market. During the west side tour, visit attractions such as Place d'Armes, St-Jacques Street and its banks. Both tours include a visit inside the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Things to see and do in Montreal

After all that culture and beautiful buildings, you might be in the mood for a slightly less highbrow pursuit. and what could fit the bill better than shopping? And as the Canadian dollar buys you more for your pound than the US dollar, Canada is THE place to shop! Malls include Montréal Eaton Centre, Complexe des Jardins, Le Faubourg Sainte-Catherine and the Place Ville Marie. Wander around Old Montréal for knick-knacks and antiques. Boulevard St Denis is Montréal's Latin Quarter, lined with shops, cafés, bistros and bars. 

Things to see and do in Montreal

Discover Little Italy, one of Montréal's most captivating neighbourhoods. Visit Jean-Talon Market, the biggest outdoor market in North America. The market is a feast for the eyes and palette alike, featuring a variety of tastings and culinary treats.

Things to see and do in Montreal

Go river rafting on the St. Lawrence river - 15 minutes from downtown Montréal. You can enjoy a leisurely pace on the tranquil waters of the river with some rapids or experience faster-flowing currents. Available between May and August.

Things to see and do in Montreal

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