Montreal, Canada: famous for its ice hockey, F1 car racing, and annual Jazz Fest
Brits give North American sport fans a hard time for their comparative ambivalence to their teams but Montreal Canadiens fans are the exception. Being at a match feels more like footy than ice hockey—from the chanting crowds to the team scarves. That passion for sport carries over to the city’s other sporting events like Montreal’s annual F1 Canadian Grand Prix and the annual exhibition baseball series at Olympic Stadium where 100,000 people show up for matches that don’t count. It would be a mistake for any visitor to Montreal to leave without buying a ticket to a game, whether it’s NHL ice hockey, CFL Canadian football or even one of the many collegiate teams that play.
Music and laughter
Montreal, Quebec features two signature Canadian summer events: the Montreal Jazz Festival, one of the best parties in North America, and Just For Laughs, the world’s largest comedy festival showcasing around 3,000 acts. The action isn’t limited to playhouses and theatres either. Thanks to some great street performers, revellers will find themselves having a right good time on the street as they enjoy a meal on one of Old Montreal’s many Euro-style restaurant patios.
The quieter side of Montreal, Quebec
Montreal tourism isn't limited to the gregarious. Visitors to Montreal looking for a more peaceful experience can visit downtown’s Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, explore the 190-acre Montreal Botanical Gardens near Olympic Stadium, or take a peaceful stroll through Parc Jean Drapeau spread out over two islands in the St. Lawrence River. The Montreal Biosphere, an environmental learning centre, is definitely the highlight of Parc Jean Drapeau, either to visit or just to gaze at from the outside—it’s one of the most interesting buildings in Canada.
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