Icelandair offers direct flights to Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city, between May and October.
This Quebec city is the largest French-speaking city in Canada, and French is the official language along with English.
Design and architecture
You’re almost spoiled for choice when in Montréal, not least when it comes to design, design history and architecture. In fact, the city was named a UNESCO city of design in 2006, partly because of the city’s efforts of encouraging citizens to influence design in their environment.
If design and architecture float your boat, head to the CCA (The Canadian Centre for Architecture), where the permanent collections, exhibitions and buildings are all a tribute to the importance of design in the city.
One of the best ways to get to know Montréal is on a bike. Various companies and tour operators offer organised tours or rent out bikes.
Shops, museums and sights
You can shop both above and below ground in Montréal and the subterranean shopping streets cover about 12 km2 in total, with 32 km of streets to walk along. When above ground, head to L’Avenue du Mont Royal or the Bonsecours Market and shop to your heart’s desire.
If you’re interested in Canadian history and culture, the Château Ramezay can be warmly recommended. Every item in the collection is connected to Canada’s history in one way or another, and the building itself dates back to the 18th century, formerly serving as an aristocratic residence.
The gothic Notre-Dame basilica is colourful and wonderfully ornate and no less interesting than its namesake in Paris.
Come summer, the city streets come alive with food markets, street artists and cafés – not least in Old Montréal. Street art is indeed a popular attraction, and you could easily spend a day hunting for the best pieces. Last but not least, the band Arcade Fire that many music enthusiasts should be familiar with hails from Montréal.
Good to know
The airport is called Montréal-Trudeau (YUL) and is about 20km from the city centre.
Public transport is good and the metro-system is a reasonably priced and comfortable way of getting around.
Icelandair flies to Montréal four times a week between May and October, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.