An easy climb up this wooded mountain reveals beautiful views of the city. Guided up it by indigenous tribes in 1535, adventurer Jacques Cartier, who discovered the city, was so inspired by the view that he named the mountain Mont Royal, a small step away from the city's modern name. There is much to do in the park, which is also Metro accessible to the north.
The Centre de la montagne is at Smith House, 1260 Chemin Remembrance, North Montreal, near McGill University;
tel: (514) 843 8240
Point 3 is a language school I attended, a bit aprehensively since I thought Montreal would not be the best place to learn French. I couldn't have been more wrong. The school, for starters was great and very good value, good activities, supportive teachers and classes.
As for Montreal itself, the people were so friendly, speaking slower than the typical Parisian that we might be used to from Eurostar jaunts, thus being easier to understand. In addition, Quebecers want to speak French, it being an integral part of their identity, but will also help you out in English if you struggle. What more could you ask for! Polite, friendly and accommodating at all times, Montreal is a model city with a fabulous nightlife, great culture and an interesting history to compliment a great language immersion experience.
A great little jazz club named after a congressional resolution passed in 1987. $10 cover but it's BYO with a $3 corkage charge and plenty of space to hang out. And being on 14th street, if it's not your cup of tea there are plenty of other places to hang out like Bar Pilar, BlackCat and others.
1610 Fourteenth Street NW Wash, DC 20009;
tel: 202 667 3700;
metro: Green line – U Street Cardozo Station; Red Line - Dupont Circle Station;
A great little lunch place on rue Saint Pierre which has all the feel of a sit down restaurant at cafeteria prices, ranging from 8-12 dollars. Not worth going to visit on its own, but a great place to recuperate at lunchtime if you are visiting the old town
445 rue Saint Pierre, near Vieux Montreal; tel: (514) 849 0894;
Metro: Square Victoria;
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