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Montreal is festival city, and most of it happens in the summer. Perhaps the most famous of Montreal festivals is the Jazz Fest (305 Ste-Catherine St. O.; 855-299-3378; montrealjazzfest.com), the largest of its kind (according to the Guinness book). The event attracts nearly 2 million attendees to gigs large and small, ranging from experimental acts to those of legends like Tony Bennett and Pat Metheny. A newer notable music festival is Pop Montreal (5585 Avenue du Parc; 514-842-1919; popmontreal.com), founded in 2002. More than 400 artists come to town for the 5-day event, which includes discussions and exhibits in addition to shows. Past headliners have included David Byrne and St. Vincent. Then there’s the EDM-focused Île Soniq (Parc Jean Drapeau; ilesoniq.com), as well as Osheaga (Parc Jean Drapeau; osheaga.com), a high-profile three-day festival with acts like Florence + The Machine and Kendrick Lamar.

There are non-music festivals, too. Just for Laughs (2095 St. Laurent Blvd.; 888-244-3155; hahaha.com) is 19 days of A-list comedy. Past participants include Aziz Ansari, Nick Krall and Louis CK. One of Canada’s biggest literary gatherings, the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival (661 rue Rose-de-Lima; 514-932-1112; bluemetropolis.org), happens in the spring. The event has been bringing writers such as Gary Shteyngart and David Sedaris to Montreal from around the world more than ten years, and there’s programming for kids, too. Last but not least, the Mural Festival (3527a Saint-Laurent Blvd.; muralfestival.com), is all about public art, with exhibits, installations, seminars, a street fair and more.

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Montreal’s crown jewel is Mount Royal Park, a 470-acre green space nestled in the center of the city on a mountain.
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

One of Canada’s most important museums, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 41,000 pieces spanning centuries.
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Montreal is home to one of North America’s most vibrant Jewish communities. This tour, by food historian Kat Romanow, starting at the Museum of Jewish Montreal in the Plateau, takes you through the formerly Jewish neighborhoods and shares their hidden histories.
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Opened in 1977, this scenic nine-mile bike path is located in a lush park along the formerly industrial Lachine Canal.
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Even in gaps between the big festivals like Osheaga and Jazz Fest, Montreal is still an excellent city for seeing music.
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Located less than two hours from the city, in the Laurentian Mountains, this resort town offers some of the best skiing in North America.
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