Stay at the slightly surreal and entirely French La Maison Pierre du Calvet where, with the fireplaces, antique chairs, and canopied beds, you can pretend that you're Madame's house guest, sipping eau-de-vie in her ancestral home.
Montreal is one of the world's top biking cities. There are hundreds of miles of bike routes and paths in and around the city, including a paved recreation path connecting Old Montreal with the town of Lachine.
Find a Bike: In May 2009, the city launched North America’s largest public bike-share program, rolling out 3,000 bikes available for rent at $5 a day.
There’s nothing like a World’s Fair to inspire odd architecture. That’s exactly what happened for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, when architect Buckminster Fuller designed the Montreal Biosphere. His structure bubbles up from the trees on Saint Helen’s Island to 200 feet high and 250 feet in diameter. It was an enclosed structure until a fire in 1976 destroyed the outer layer. Today, the thin-shell structure is owned and run by Environment Canada as a museum, with interactive exhibits on biodiversity and climate change.
Montreal is one of the world's top waterfront cities. Tourists beeline to the port, eager to explore the oldest urban area in North America (and eat French food), while locals bike, boat, ice-skate along the port and its canals, and browse the 160-year-old Bonsecours Market.