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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Montréal's old-world atmosphere is charming. Québec's largest city has one foot in the past and one in the present, with 19th-century buildings standing in the shadows of modern skyscrapers.

In 1642 the French were the first Europeans to settle on the island. Today, locals speak their own Québécois French, a language spoken nowhere else in the world — fluent French speakers from elsewhere have difficulty understanding the Québec accent.

Old Montréal is home to Notre-Dame Basilica, an example of Gothic revival architecture. It overlooks Place d'Armes, the veritable heart of the city where all periods of Montréal's past are gathered. It has the city's oldest standing building, the head office of the country's oldest bank, the city's first skyscraper and the generations of skyscrapers which followed. Notre-Dame's magnificent interior is of sculpted wood and gold leaf. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages and 350 years of parish history. Rue Sainte-Paul is a cobblestoned street lined with boutiques, galleries and cafés.

Montréal has Arctic winters, so it's a great place for winter sports. The city overcame exposure to the bitter temperatures by becoming an underground city. There is a 29-kilometre labyrinth of 2000 shops, comfortable all year round.

From late May to early September, everyone is above-ground attending a procession of festivals, including the legendary jazz festival and the grand prix.

Whatever the weather, you can be sure of a hearty Hebrew meal at Schwartz's, which has been serving smoked meat since 1928. The Montréal landmark has welcomed diners from all over the world — and they keep going back for more. Pastrami on rye — who can resist?

Montréal is host to the largest jazz festival in the world and the owners of Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill are dedicated to hosting live jazz. Local and international musicians love to perform there as they know the club is committed to the best of the best. The Grill serves great food, wine, beer and cocktails.


The province of Québec.


Creative Tours has two-night mini-stays in Montréal starting at $210 per person, including accommodation at Best Western Hotel Europa and airport transfers.

Starting in November, Air New Zealand will have three services a week to Canada all year round.

FROM: Sydney, $1897 Melbourne, $1979 Brisbane, $1988 Adelaide, $2196 Perth, $2380

Valid for sale until September 23, 2007, and for travel between November 4-23, 2007.

Prices correct at September 13, 2007.

Starting in November, Air New Zealand will have three services a week to Canada all year round.

For more information

3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Montréal, Québec H2W 1X9
Ph: 1 514 842 4813
Fax: 1 514 842 0800

Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill
1254 Mackay
Montréal, Québec H3G 2H4
Ph: 1 514 931 6808
Fax: 1 514 931 5213

Creative Holidays

Montréal Tourism

Canadian Tourism Commission, Australia
Ph: (02) 9571 1866

For internal flights contact
Air Canada
Ph: 1300 655 767

Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476

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