There is a tendency to describe Montréal (Mohn-ray-ahl) as the Paris of North America, but except for its French heritage, Montréal is no more like Paris than Boston is like London. Montréal is a distinctly North American city, an important point to remember because so many visitors compare the city with Paris, in its language, cultural traditions, and ambience. For travelers who know Paris, Montréal will be a welcome surprise: The people here are very friendly to visitors and pride themselves on their warm hospitality. Montréal is the financial, manufacturing, and transportation capital of Québec and is second only to Toronto as a Canadian economic center.
Most visitors come away raving about their stay in Montréal, and you surely will too. This eTrail is a chapter excerpted from the book "Insiders' Guide to Eastern Canada." It is packed with information on each destination including history, getting there & around, major neighborhoods & regions, and what to do & where to stay when you get there.
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