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Montreal is one of the most multicultural cities in Canada —it has a little bit of everything! Being born and raised in such a culturally diverse city is probably what makes me proudest to be a Montrealer. I cannot leave out the fact that we are the birth city of one of the greatest live shows in the world: Cirque du Soleil, where art and acrobatics shine brightly.
And I can't leave out our incredible annual Jazz Festival, can I? It's known around the world because of its celebrated group of performers. Plus, it's free music, a show of diversity and great entertainment! We also get four gorgeous seasons —some cold, some warm and some hot. The autumn months are absolutely magical in Montreal. The leaves on the trees change colours, to hues of reds, oranges and yellows. And do yourself a favour and visit us during apple season! You won't regret it.
What to do once you get here
There are so many things to see, do and experience in Montreal, regardless of the season.
In the summer, the Jean-Talon public market is booming with local produce and artisanal charcuteries. From June to August, Montreal is treated to the International Fireworks Competition, hosted by Lotto Quebec. Stunning fireworks light up the city sky every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Fall is also lovely in our great city. This is when apple-picking season comes into full swing, and with apples comes apple cider. Yum! Most orchards produce great apple ciders, with my personal favourite being Michel Jodoin's sparkling apple ice cider.
Winter is magical in Montreal. We get to enjoy Igloofest —an outdoor all-night party filled with activities, outdoor bars and live entertainment. There's loads of winter fun for adults. We also have the Montreal Snow Festival at Parc Jean Drapeau for families and children of all ages.
Springtime in Montreal is all about the Saint-Patrick's Day Parade, where the centre of the city shuts down, and the streets are filled with green, libations and festivities!
Where you should stop by for a bite
My absolute favourite restaurant is located in Montreal's Little Italy neighbourhood. Ristorante Lucca is known for its authentic Italian cuisine and cozy dining room. Specialties include their milk-fed veal chop on creamy polenta, and the linguini frutta di mare (sea food linguini in spicy marinara sauce). The staff is great and the Italian-only wine list is absolutely incredible. Plus, they also have a great market menu!
For anytime eats I also love Bistro L'Express —their classic French menu is stunning and so affordable!
In the mood for great risotto? Restaurant Inferno is the place to be! Montreal Chef Ashley Thorton is rocking the kitchen and the ambiance is always electrifying!
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