Montreal got its start way back in 1642, at a time when New York was still New Amsterdam and Philadelphia was still decades from existing.
The next-door Old Sulpician Seminary, dating from 1685, is the city's oldest building.
To the east is the Vieux-Port (or Old Port), no longer Montreal's main commercial harbor but today a busy waterfront recreation area, including a recently added urban beach.
National Historic Sites located elsewhere in Quebec are listed at List of National Historic Sites of Canada in Quebec.
This list uses names designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, which may differ from other names for these sites.
Rachel Lau " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rach.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rach.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=400" / The study looked at anonymous data from 170,000 Canadians registered with the dating site to see how strongly they agreed with the statement “I can often make others laugh.”READ MORE: Canadians are guilty of oversharing on dating sites, survey finds The scores were then averaged out by area to determine the funniest cities in Canada.
It’s somewhat of a big deal considering 97 per cent of people cite humour as a must-have when it comes to looking for a partner.“Humour and self-mockery definitely help to forge happy memories and the ability to make each other giggle with just a glance creates a strong friendship between two people.”The study didn’t just cite large cities — for instance, singles in the small town of Île-Perrot, just off the western tip of Montreal, claimed Quebec’s title of funniest singles.Just steps away is the superb all-suite Le Saint-Sulpice, while down the block on fashionable St. Around the corner is the refined Auberge Bonaparte, where some rooms even overlook Notre-Dame's private gardens.Speaking of Notre-Dame, a great way to round out your Old Montreal visit is with a quick stop at the historic square across the street, Place d'Armes.Nearby are both Champ-de-Mars Park, site of the longest remaining section of the city's early fortification wall, and Château Ramezay, Quebec's oldest private history museum, set in the 1705 residence of a former governor of New France, and featuring a beautiful French colonial style garden.But Old Montreal has far more on offer than just history—it's also one of the city's hottest areas for art and shopping.From Olive & Gourmando's scrumptious breakfasts and lunches to the gourmet market/eatery Le Cartet to the modernized fine French fare at Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Les 400 Coups, Old Montreal is brimming with culinary excitement and excellence.