For a real taste of Canada’s European past, a day trip to Quebec City, three hours away from Montreal
, is de rigueur – it’s like Old Montreal times a thousand. The ancient architecture mixes seamlessly with contemporary life, and thanks to its position on a hill by a cliff looking onto the St. Lawrence River, the views from various parts of town are just spectacular. Take the Plaines d’Abraham, for example – a great green expanse upon which one of the country’s most famous battles was fought, right by the Musée national du Québec, one of the country’s leading museums. Or stroll along the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, a 2.5-kilometer walkway along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Closer to the centre of town, near the famed Château Frontenac hotel, you’ll find the heart of the old city, with narrow cobble streets filled with tiny shops, cafés and restaurants. This city is mostly French speaking, though most will probably be familiar with enough English to help direct you.