Canada

Montreal
Montreal
Montreal offers the appeal of typically brash North American values mixed with an elegant European ambience. It all adds up to a unique city rich in history and culture that is especially rewarding for all francophiles. It is in fact the 3rd largest French speaking city in the world and is filled with timeless images of charming Parisian style bistros, tree lined boulevards and classical Gallic architecture. The starting point in Montreal should be to climb the 200 metre high Mount Royal from where the city derives its name to savour views over a city displaying charming 17th century buildings, quirky modern architecture and a quaint old fishing port.
Montreal is without question the centre of Canadian cultural life and offers an amazing wealth of attractions for both French and English speaking visitors. Old Montreal is home to a myriad of galleries and museums such as the impressive Musee Histoire or the incredibly popular Musee des Beaux-Arts. Come evening time, dress to impress and try your luck at the historic Montreal Casino. Families in Montreal will want to head out to the thrilling rollercoaster’s of La Ronde theme park or pack in a day of fun and enlightening education for kids at the amazing Biosphere Science Park located at the Olympic Centre. The city is also filled with citywide festivals through the year with something that will definitely appeal to all tastes. This includes the world's largest Jazz festival and month long celebrations of comedy, cinema, French art and pop music and even open air Shakespeare drama. Best of all, you can walk to any part of the city in a snap!
A gastronomic hotspot,
Montreal is as much a high class culinary haven as any French city and remarkably has more restaurants and cafes per capita than even New York. Charming French brasseries and wine bars can be found in the chic St Denis and Petite Bourgogne districts or sample the vibrant atmosphere of Montreal's Latin Quarter, Chinatown and little Italy. In Montreal one can enjoy adventure galore in the great outdoors all year round. Heavy winter snowfall ensures the opportunity of cross country skiing in several city parks and it is even possible to go ice skating on the icy St Lawrence river. During the summer months the river plays host to the burgeoning new extreme sport of river surfing and horse riding, rafting and hiking are popular pursuits for thrill seekers in the stunning wilderness of the Adirondacks national park.




Toronto
Toronto
A world class multicultural city, Toronto is Canada's largest city and provides a compelling variety of big city attractions that will appeal to lovers of art and culture as well as revelers looking for fun and nonstop entertainment. Its contrasting urban landscape features immense skyscrapers juxtaposed between quaint Victorian terraces and the bustling ethnic enclaves of Chinatown and Little India. You will encounter plenty of fun filled distractions for kids of all ages. Nothing compares to a day of thrilling water rides and rollercoasroller-coaster’ster’s at Wonderland Theme Park or world famous Toronto Zoo. Older children will relish the attractions of the Ontario Science Centre which boasts a temperature controlled rainforest and gigantic IMEx cinema. Enjoy the eclectic architectural sights. History buffs will be more than satisfied with a sightseeing in Toronto where some fascinating buildings can be explored. Quaint Victorian mansions offer a scene of timeless elegance in the heart of the city and close by is the austere grandeur of City Hall. Why not explore the post modern quirkiness of the immense Eaton Centre shopping mall or the shameless extravagance of Casa Luna mansion house? In Toronto you will discover some of the finest art and archaeological collections in North America at the amazing Royal Ontario Museum with over 40 galleries of priceless exhibits. Perhaps only a trip up to the summit of the towering CN Tower can fully appreciate the scale and diversity of this remarkable city. At over 1,800 feet high, stunning views are guaranteed of an eclectic skyline and stunning lakeland countryside. Toronto is quite the shopping mecca that has more than enough temptations for every budget. You can shop til you drop in the chic boutiques of Bloor Street and Yorkville or visit bohemian Kensington Market for ethnic knick knacks and trendy one off fashions. In Toronto you can also take things easy with a relaxing day at Centre Island; a series of tranquil car free islets located a short ferry hop away. Enjoy basking on quiet beaches, sailing and water sports or explore over 500 acres of parkland on foot or by cycle. Venturing a little further afield offers up the unmissable attraction of the Niagara Falls which is likely to be the focus of most Toronto day trips. En route you will pass the charming Kavarthas countryside of rural villages filled with historic country inns, sumptuous spa resorts and meadows that are well worth a day's exploration in its own right.





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