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- McGill University Campus, 805 rue Sherbrooke ouest at ave McGill College. The lower section of McGill's campus is composed mainly of nineteenth century neoclassical buildings and is definitely worth a ten minute stroll.
- The Underground City (Montréal souterrain). Throughout the downtown area. This network of underground malls and passageways is a very convenient way to walk around during the winter months. It encompasses six metro stations on the green and orange lines and all of the major downtown shopping malls, including food courts, cinemas, innumerable boutiques, and services.
- Christ Church Cathedral, 1444 ave Union (entrance on rue Sainte-Catherine; metro McGill), ☎ +1 514 843-6577. It is a small, but colourful church, the mother church of the region's Anglican (Episcopalian) denomination. Of special interest is the organ with additional remote-controlled organ pipes in the front of the church. If you have the opportunity to listen to an organ concert there, you should go. The concert will probably be by donation only.
- Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde), 1065 rue de la Cathédrale (main entrance on boul René-Lévesque; metro Bonaventure), ☎ +1 514 866-1661. 7:30AM-6PM daily. A 1/4 scale copy of St. Peter's in Rome. Impressive interior.
- Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre canadien d'architecture), 1920 rue Baile (between rue Saint-Marc and rue du Fort; metro Guy-Concordia or Georges-Vanier), ☎ +1 514 939-7026. W,F-Su 11AM-6PM, Th 11AM-9PM. Architecture museum and research institute that incorporates the Shaughnessy House, an 1876 Second Empire-style manison. Across boulevard René-Lévesque from the CCA is a sculpture garden with works designed around the theme of architecture. $10 adults, $7 seniors, free for children and students.
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal), 1380 rue Sherbrooke ouest (at ave du Musée; metro Guy-Concordia), ☎ +1 514 285-2000, toll-free: +1 800 899-6873. Tu-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Free permanent exhibitions and many prominent traveling exhibits. There is usually a fee for special exhibitions.
- McCord Museum (Musée McCord), 690 rue Sherbrooke ouest (at rue Victoria; metro McGill). Tu,Th-F 10AM-6PM, W 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Museum dedicated to Canadian history. Located next to McGill University. $13 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $7 students, children 12 and under free, $26 family rate for 2 adults plus 2 children or 1 adult plus 3 children 16 and under.
- Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, 185 rue Sainte-Catherine ouest (at rue Jeanne-Mance; metro Place-des-Arts), ☎ +1 514 847-6226. Tu,Th-Su 11AM-6PM, W 11AM-9PM. Contemporary art museum at the Place-des-Arts complex. $12 adults, $10 seniors (60+), $8 students (30 and under with ID), $24 families (up to 4 people with at least 1 adult), free for children 12 and under.
- Redpath Museum (Musée Redpath), 859 rue Sherbrooke ouest (between rue McTavish and ave McGill College, behind the Roddick Gates from rue Sherbrooke; metro McGill), ☎ +1 514 398-4086. M-F 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM, Sa closed. A museum of natural history on the McGill campus. Free.
- Windsor Station (Gare Windsor), 1160 rue de la Gauchetière ouest (at rue Peel), ☎ +1 514 287-8726. This Romanesque Revival building served as one of the city's main railway stations until it was cut off from the rail network by the construction of the Bell Centre nearby.
Montreal's Chinatown (Le quartier chinois) mostly runs along rue de la Gauchetière between rue Jeanne-Mance and rue Saint-Dominique (this section is mostly pedestrianized), and also along rue Saint-Urbain and boulevard Saint-Laurent between rue Viger and boulevard René-Lévesque. It is the third largest Chinatown in Canada, behind those in Vancouver and Toronto, and is known best for its many restaurants and gift shops.
- Place Sun-Yat-Sen, rue de la Gauchetière and rue Clark (metro Place-d'Armes). A small public square in the middle of Chinatown. There are murals made of grey slate along the north and east side of the square; also at the square is a pavilion selling typical Chinatown tourist souvenirs.
Parc du Mont-Royal
The Parc du Mont-Royal (Mount Royal Park) is a 529 acre park surrounding Mount Royal, the city's namesake. Most locals refer to as a mountain even though it just looks like a hill to most visitors; its highest peak is only 233 metres (764 feet) above sea level.
- Chalet du Mont-Royal, up the stairs from Redpath Crescent. Built as a make-work project in 1932 during the Great Depression. The interior features artwork depicting various scenes from Canadian history.
- Kondiaronk Lookout, next to the Chalet du Mont-Royal. Offers panoramic views of the downtown Montreal skyline.
- Croix du Mont-Royal (Mount Royal Cross), along chemin Olmsted. A white illuminated cross installed in 1924 at the site where Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve planted a wooden cross in 1643. He allegedly planted it there after praying to the Virgin Mary to spare the city of Montreal from a flood.
- Lac des Castors (Beaver Lake), off of chemin Rememberance. Man-made lake in a former marsh. Paddleboats are rented out in summer; in winter the lake becomes an ice skating rink.
- Monument à George-Étienne Cartier (George-Étienne Cartier Monument), along chemin Olmsted on the east side of Parc du Mont-Royal (across ave du Parc from Parc Jeanne-Mance). A 1919 monument sculpted by George William Hill in honor of George-Étienne Cartier, one of the fathers of Confederation.
- Belvédère Camillien-Houde, voie Camillien-Houde across from Cimetière Mont-Royal. Another lookout point.
- Maison Smith, near chemin Rememberance and voie Camillien-Houde.
The climate of Montreal is a true humid continental climate with 4 distinct seasons. The city has warm, to occasional hot & humid summers, generally mild spring and autumn, and often very cold & snowy winters. Montreal gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with around 2 meters of snow per season.
- Bell Centre (Centre Bell), 1260 rue de la Gauchetière (at rue de la Montagne; metro Lucien-L'Allier), ☎ +1 514 790-2525, toll-free: +1 877 668-8269. Home of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, commonly known as the Habs. Also hosts larger concerts.
- Molson Stadium (Stade Molson), 475 ave des Pins ouest (at rue Alymer; metro McGill), ☎ +1 514 398-7017. An outdoor Canadian football stadium on the McGill campus. The McGill Redmen (Quebec University Football League) and the Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League) play here.
- Montreal Forum / Pepsi Forum (Forum de Montréal / Forum Pepsi), 2313 rue Sainte-Catherine ouest (between ave Atwater and rue Lambert Closse; metro Atwater). An entertainment complex at the site of the former home of the Canadiens from 1926-1996. Currently home to an AMC Cinema (22 screens) and The Montreal Comedy Nest.
- Café Presto, 1244 rue Stanley (between rue Sainte-Catherine and rue Cypress; metro Peel or Bonaventure), ☎ +1 514 879-5877. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM and 4:30PM-9PM. The best downtown deal for a very inexpensive and very satisfying casual/cozy Italian fare (main courses are all $5.95. Calculate approximately $20 if you add a glass of wine and an espresso). Very busy during lunchtime on weekdays. Arrive before noon or after 1:30PM to avoid the longest lines. Cash only (no credit or debit cards, but there are a few ATMs on the same block).
- Café Crystal, 1216 ave Union (between rue Cathcart and boul René-Lévesque; metro McGill or Square-Victoria), ☎ +1 514 866-3338. Light meals for breakfast and lunch. $5-7, close to the rue Sainte-Catherine shopping district.
- Cafe Dizengoff, 3460 rue Stanley (between ave Dr Penfield and rue Sherbrooke; metro Peel). Kosher cafe on the ground floor of the Hillel House, on the McGill campus.
- Cao Thang, 1082 boul Saint-Laurent (between boul René-Lévesque and rue de la Gauchetière; metro Place-d'Armes or Saint-Laurent), ☎ +1 514 392-0097. Vietnamese sandwiches, snacks and sweets. A traditional Vietnamese pork roll is just $2.50.
- SAT (Société des arts technologiques), 1201 boul Saint-Laurent (at place du Marché; metro Saint-Laurent), ☎ +1 514 844-2033, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su various. This one-of-a-kind venue is supported by the province of Quebec and the federal government to display and promote digital art. With high ceilings and low couches, it has the feel of a funky, uber-hip techno club. In fact, there is quite a bit of great club music on weekend nights. But there's also fascinating computer art installations going on at all times, with some video and live performances. A great place to meet people in Montreal. $4.50 draft beer, $5 well drinks, $5-25 cover after 10PM.
- Bar des Pins, 3714 ave du Parc (between ave des Pins and rue Léo Pariseau; metro Place-des-Arts), ☎ +1 514 845 6760. 5PM-3AM daily, sometimes closes earlier on weekdays. Blue collar bar invaded regularly by beer-pong-playing university students. Sells only cheap beer. Hottest night of the week is Tuesday.
- Vinyl, 2109 rue de Bleury (between rue de la Concorde and rue Sherbrooke; metro Place-des-Arts). 8PM-3AM daily. Vinyl is a small, intimate club with frequent specials including $3 Rhum-n-Tings on Sunday nights and a diverse range of music from Reggae to Techno on different nights. Also, couches in the bathroom and an outdoor terrace around the back. $5 draft beer, $3 drink specials.
- The Cock n' Bull, 1944 rue Sainte-Catherine ouest (at rue Towers; metro Guy-Concordia). Inexpensive pub with a small kitchen, live bands, a single pool table and a couple of active dart boards. Known for their cheap 4 Liters beer pitchers (16 $). Friendly and sociable, for the most part English-speaking patrons, from age 18 to 60. Arts and crafts on Monday nights!
- McKibbin's Irish Pub, 1426 rue Bishop (between rue Sainte-Catherine and boul de Maisonneuve; metro Guy-Concordia), ☎ +1 514 288-1850. Being next door to Concordia University may or may not be a point in its favor, but there's no denying that this friendly pub is a great place for a pint. The food is above-average for a pub, too. McKibbin's is known for their ladies night every Wednesday with its all night open bar ($10 cover for girls and $25 cover for guys).
- Hurley's, 1225 rue Crescent (between rue Sainte-Catherine and boul René-Lévesque; metro Lucien-L'Allier or Peel), ☎ +1 514 861-4111. Probably the best Irish pub in Montreal, with live traditional music every night and excellent food at fair prices. There's an upstairs for the busy nights, in addition to outdoor patios in the front and back. A part of the pub is non-smoking. Very cozy with a highly authentic feel and friendly professional staff.
- Brutopia, 1219 rue Crescent (between rue Sainte-Catherine and boul René-Lévesque; metro Peel), ☎ +1 514 393-9277. Brewpub on the busy Crescent strip. English-speaking college crowd.
- Peel Pub, 1196 rue Peel (at rue Cypress; metro Peel or Bonaventure), ☎ +1 514 844-7296. Montreal legend. Sports bar. Dirt cheap specials. Good time, particularly on $1 shooter Thursdays.
- Reggie's Bar, 1455 boul de Maisonneuve ouest (inside the Henry F Hall Building between rue Mackay and rue Bishop; metro Guy-Concordia). Concordia University's bar. Features special Hockey nights, and cheap Thursday beer and shots (1$). Great part of student-life experience.
- Le Vieux Dublin (The Old Dublin), 636 rue Cathcart (at rue University; metro McGill or Square-Victoria), ☎ +1 514 861-4448. 11:30AM-3AM daily. Don't let the Vieux Dublin sign outside fool you — this pub is not one bit Irish. There's not a lot of Emerald Island schlock around, but the pints are good, and home-style meals for lunch and dinner really hit the spot. There's live music on weekends on the minuscule stage, but during the week it's quiet and comfy. Staff is polite and nice. $6 draft beer.
Rue Sainte-Catherine offers all the brandnames (Gap, Zara, Roots, Payless, etc.) and is packed with shoppers on nice days. Much more shopping happens out of sight in the hundreds of small stores in the "Underground City".
- Eva B Cafe-Boutique, 2015 boul Saint-Laurent (at rue Ontario; metro Saint-Laurent), ☎ +1 514 849-8246, e-mail: email@example.com. M-W 10AM-6PM, Th-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Selections from local designers, vintage, and a bistro/bar thrown in for good measure. It's mostly just a thrift shop. $5 and up.
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