Montreal

Photo: Canadian Tourism CommissionPhoto: Canadian Tourism Commission

If you're taking your RV even anywhere close, Montreal is a must-do in your motorhome itinerary. This stylish and romantic city is a blend of English and French, and the second largest city in Canada after Toronto. With two thirds of the population French speaking Montreal is also the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world (after Paris).

Located in southwest Quebec, the city covers most of the Island of Montreal at the merging of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and is named after the most prominent geographical feature on the island, a three-head hill called Mount Royal.

Most of the downtown part of the city is accessed through the enormous underground complex that is designed so people don't have to brave the freezing winter weather. About 40 city blocks are linked together by 31km of underground pedestrian walkways.

Old Montreal is a historic area located southeast of downtown containing many different attractions such as the Old Port of Montreal, Place Jacques-Cartier, the Bonsecours Market, the Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, and the Montreal Science Centre. Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal have been maintained or restored and are frequented by horse-drawn calèches carrying tourists. 

A photographer’s dream, RVers can snap away and capture a fascinating scene with every click.  There's a complex mix of flavours - ethnicity, culture, language, ideas, cuisine - every neighbourhood is different.

Montreal's summers are warm, at times hot and humid with temps that frequently reach or exceed 30°C (86°F). Winter in Montreal usually brings very cold, snowy, windy, and at times, icy weather, with an average high temperature of -2 to -6°C (25 - 28°F) and lows of -10 to -15°C (6 - 13°F). Some winter days are milder with temperatures slightly above freezing, and others below -20°C (-4°F).

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