We arrived in Montreal day before the official opening of Jazz Festival 2013 and decided to spend that extra day to explore the city. Teddy has never been in Montreal before and we booked a bus tour in the morning and a cruise afternoon.The bus was comfortable and the driver-guide was entertaining and professional.
Old Montreal reminded us Paris. The streets are narrow and you instantly forget that you live in a modern megapolis and feel yourself a time traveler in the past.
Notre Dame Basilica impressed with beauty of Victorian Gothic architecture and we decided to spend more time next day there and take a guided tour with an organ concert.
After bus tour we headed to the Montreal port to see the city from a completely new angle. We explored dozens kilometers of history along the St. Lawrence River including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and shoreline. The guide in a marine costume of Jacques Cartier time told us about history of Montreal in English and French and we enjoyed sun, light breeze, picturesque views and sangria. We were impressed how many containers in the port and how big Montreal port is.
After cruise we returned to downtown of Montreal to check site of Jazz Festival that opens next day and take a walk through downtown core at night and see the lights of this great city so different from Toronto.
This post is a part of the series of our trip to Montreal during summer 2013.