The beautiful neighboring cities of Montreal and Ottawa are an all-around great idea for a vacation or a weekend getaway exploring new sights. Ottawa is a must-see, whether you are Canadian or a foreign tourist, as it is the capital of Canada. Montreal is the most populous city in Quebec province and second largest in Canada, as well as one of the oldest cities in Canada, founded in 1642.
Although a capital, it is a relatively small city situated on the banks of the river Ottawa. It welcomes visitors with grand Victorian architecture, galleries, museums, and parks. Ottawa is most popular in the warm summer months, but it never loses its charm, despite what weather you prefer. For example, Winterlude Festival is held for three weekends in February, during which you get to admire ice sculptures, partake in fun activities, watch a laser show, ice-skate and listen to good music.
The most popular tourist attraction in Ottawa by far is the Parliament Hill, or locally known as The Hill. It is a huge neo-Gothic styled complex that houses Canada’s legislature and offers tours around the lush grounds and artwork.
Among other popular attractions is the Canadian Museum of History, National Gallery of Canada, War Museum, Museum of Nature, Jacques Cartier Park, Calypso Park, and Science and Technology Museum.
A municipality situated on an island, Montreal pleases tourists with cobblestoned boroughs, French colonial, Gothic, and bohemian architecture. It attracts visitors with numerous jazz music and comedy festivals, the winter Fete de Neiges festival and an Underground city, filled with shops. The Museum of Fine Arts is home for collections from different time periods from antiquity to the present.
Montreal was named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the center is a popular destination for fans of hiking and great views. There are shops representing different ethnic communities and food places
There are many interesting places in Montreal that it would be easy to find one to your liking, from museums and parks to amusement complexes and restaurants. Nonetheless, the most visited place in the Old Port of Montreal, a historic riverfront amusement complex, founded in 1830.
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