Aug 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Montreal Beckons Seniors…

Montréal is a huge bi-lingual city.  The name comes from Mount Royal, the huge mountain in the center of the city.  The incoming French pronounced it poorly like Monroyal and it became Montreal. For seniors its time to discover Montréal.

Sure, Montréal’s renowned duality of Old World charm infused with North American energy lies at its very heart; however, I discovered that it is the plurality of cultures that really makes this metropolis tick. A shutterbug’s dream, you could snap away at warp speed and capture a new story with every click.  It doesn’t matter where you go on the island; every neighborhood is different and everyone stars in their own Oscar-worthy screenplay.

Montréal is as romantically traditional as it is cutting-edge innovative, as cosmopolitan dynamic as it is small-town friendly. Yet despite this diversity, an underlying homogeneity exists in this vibrant population who collectively and confidently “live and let live”—and do it well. Take Saint-Denis Street for example.  On the first warm day of spring, Montréalers flock to the outdoor terraces en masse to celebrate winter’s departure and lift their faces to the light like sunflowers.

One thing is for certain, you won’t run out of things to do in the city.  A major site, Notre-Dame, is Montreal’s oldest Catholic Church dating back to 1656. Point Calliere Museum explores the history of Montréal through archaeological studies and artifacts. Old Montreal can be easily walked around in a day.

An Affordable Senior Holiday

With four seasons and a calendar filled with festivals, Montreal can be an affordable and lively destination. The most popular time to visit is during the summer high season when the weather is warm and schools are on break. During the cold winter months, Montréal offers “in the city” outdoor activities including tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

The least expensive and crowded time to visit is during January or February. The spring and fall are pleasant times to visit for milder temperatures and fewer crowds. The city has an international reputation for excellent dining. Montréal offers a restaurant for every budget and every taste. You can find anything you want and it’s a great place to try something new!

Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province. The second largest city in Canada, it is a city rich in culture and history, has an inordinate number of attractive, fashionably dressed people, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America.

Montréal is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris. The population of Montréal is approximately 1.6 million, with 3.8 million in the metro area.

Seniors Find Montreal in a Class Of Its Own

Cities like Montréal don’t happen very often. By day, it bubbles with Eurocharm and North American pizzazz. After dark, its nightlife sizzles with creativity and abandon. It’s the city of a hundred nations, all lured by Montréal’s intoxicating mix of Gallic tradition and joie de vivre rubbing up against North American innovation and optimism. It’s one of the most fascinating urban cultures in the world – and we’ve barely even started. Culturally, there are few cities that beat it.

Among its internationally renowned festivals are the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, a comedy show that attracts thousands every year, and the Montreal Jazz Festival, which features around 400 different shows and attracts jazz greats from around the world. Montreal also boasts a daunting number of museums—such as the notable McCord Museum of Canadian History—and its fair share of historically significant sites. Alors, amusez-vous à Montréal.  jeb

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