Spotlight on Montreal & Toronto

17 August 2016

Canada's two largest cities may contrast in style and substance, but Montreal and Toronto are both fascinating destinations.

Nestled between the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montreal is the world's largest French-speaking city outside Paris. That makes it a natural haven for Francophones, and Montreal wears its French influences with pride – from the architecture of Old Montreal to the superbly crafted French cuisine in its suitably impressive high-end restaurants.

A couple on bikes in Montreal, Canada. Get out and explore the Canadian city of Montreal. Picture: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Toronto is strung out along the shores of Lake Ontario like a sprawling monument to commerce. Canada's largest city and its thriving commercial hub, this metropolis was formed by the merger of five smaller cities. Today, Toronto offers a dizzying mix of old neighbourhoods, exciting entertainment precincts and countless cultural attractions.

Montreal Must-Dos

Enjoy Old Montreal's ambiance at...

  • Vieux-Port – the city's famous old port.
  • Spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica.
  • Pedestrian-friendly Place Jacques-Cartier.
Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica is lit up at night. Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica is spectacular. Picture: Getty Images

Explore the neighbourhoods of…

  • Downtown Montreal, the city's core.
  • The Plateau – a creative hub.
  • Island-dwelling Parc Jean-Drapeau.

More Canada inspiration:

Secret hangouts: Chefs' Guide to Montreal Dining

Toronto: A World Within A City


Toronto Tips

See a new perspective of Toronto from...

  • The observation deck of CN Tower.
  • A genuine Toronto streetcar.
  • The light-filled Eaton Centre.
A streetcar in downtown Toronto, Canada. A streetcar affords a unique view of Toronto. Picture: Getty Images

Get outdoors and enjoy…

  • The sprawling Lake Ontario shoreline.
  • A Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.
  • A bicycle trip around the West End.

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