Pick up your hire car at Montreal airport and you're ready to explore the sights, sounds and snow-rich mountains of Canada's second city - the perfect place for a fun-filled winter break.
"We offer the perfect blend of Old World charm and North American energy. Is there anywhere more culturally exciting in the world?"
Montreal is certainly a city of myriad influences. And, despite occasional unrest, this cosmopolitan city also manages to infuse a sense of unity among its vibrant inhabitants.
As the second largest city in Canada, Montreal has everything you could possibly want from a metropolis. Yet there's a clean, bohemian feel to the place too.
There's no denying that Montrealers ooze a certain cool. These French-speaking urbanites live and let live, and have a refreshingly laid-back approach to life.
Montreal's icy winters make it a dream destination for anyone with a passion for skiing, snowboarding, skating or other frosty pursuits.
Montrealers are self-confessed foodies and poutine is the city's culinary staple. The delicious dish consists of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and brown gravy, with a multitude of interesting variations.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton spontaneously got married here in 1964.
Montreal receives more than two metres of snow each year - that's enough to bury your average NBA basketball player. No wonder thousands of skiers flock to the Canadian city to enjoy the powdery slopes.
"One of the most fascinating urban cultures in the world. By day, it bubbles with Eurocharm and North American pizzazz. After dark, its nightlife sizzles with creativity and abandon." - Lonely Planet
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Head to the "Birthplace of Montreal" to learn how the city came to be the cultural and economic hub that it is today.
You can pay to park your car at the Old Port, across the road from the museum.
Also known as Observatoire De l'Est, this is the most popular lookout on Mont Royal, as well as the most romantic. Legend has it that if you don't come to this spot on your first date, your relationship is doomed.
There is an on-site visitors' car park.
Experience the climes of the South American rainforest, the North American wilderness, the glacial polar regions and the world's largest estuary, all under one roof at Montreal's very own park of incredible replica ecosystems.
Drop your car at the on-site visitors' car park.
An oasis of tranquillity, this is undeniably one of the most beautiful public spaces in the world. You are sure to be captivated by the spectacular themed gardens housing thousands of plant species.
Leave your hire car at one of the two on-site visitors' car parks.
This grand cathedral may seem a little out of place situated within the heart of Montreal's commercial centre, but this does not detract from the highly acclaimed architecture of this neo-Gothic masterpiece.
Parking is available at the Park Place Parkade.
A short drive from Montreal is the lush landscape of Mont Tremblant. The ski resort is popular with locals for its 90 runs, a large number of which are lit, making it a great place to ski after dark.
Head southwest on Boulevard Crémazie E toward Rue Saint-Denis and take the QC-40/TC ramp. Merge onto QC-15, then take exit 119 toward Mont-Tremblant. It takes an hour and a half by car.
The namesake of the Alps' highest peak is a great ski resort for beginners and the ideal destination if you've got youngsters in tow. With other attractions like sleigh rides, steam baths and 90 kilometres of trails, it's the perfect place for a family winter holiday.
Take Route 15 N past Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and continue on Route 117. Take exit 107 and follow signs to Mont Blanc. The journey will take around an hour and a half.
Skiing is a way of life in this part of Quebec and there are enough trails to please beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers.
Follow Route 10 E and take exit 106 for the QC-245 toward Mansonville. Turn left at Rue Lapointe and continue on the QC-245. The journey will take over two hours.
Canada's young, vibrant capital city is a two-hour drive from Montreal and is home to a vast number of flash, modern museums.
Follow the QC-40/TC W, taking exit 118 for Rue Nicholas St. Merge onto Nicholas St and follow signs to the capital. By car, it will take just over two hours from Montreal.
" The city is home to some of the worst pedestrians in the world - so watch out for jaywalkers while driving! Having said that, it's useful to have a car so you can explore some of the beautiful regions surrounding the city, such as Quebec and the Townships. The main rule to remember about driving in Montreal is that you cannot turn right on a red light, although this is now permitted in Quebec outside of the Montreal area. In general, parking prices are reasonable and usually free on Sundays or special holidays. "