Ever since fur traders posted themselves here in 1611, this two kilometer stretch along the St. Lawrence River has been an economic and social focal point in Montreal. While it may be over 400 years old, the waterfront has been refurbished and maintained, transforming it into a diverse and attractive area conductive to a multitude of activities such as biking, Segway-ing, pleasure boating, and romantic walking. The Old Port is home to the Montreal Science Centre, a new urban beach opened up in 2012, and Cirque du Soleil performs at Jacques Cartier Quay.
Biodome de Montreal is one of Montreal's famous museums. It is next to the Olympic Stadium, which was converted from the original bicycle competition venue. The whole museum is divided into four natural ecological zones, tropical rain forest, polar regions, Canadian deciduous forest and St. Lawrence River. It displays the natural ecology of all of America from the tropical rain forest to the north and south poles. There are a large number of rare animals and plants for visitors to see and they are all very popular among tourists.
Built in 1931, the Montreal Botanical Garden is dominated by the French garden style. It is divided into greenhouses and outdoor parks with various themes. It is planted with tens of thousands of plants and is the largest botanical garden in North America. In 1984, Mr. Wu Yisun donated his collection of bonsai, and now the bonsai area of the Botanical Garden has become a larger bonsai exhibition area outside of Asia. The tropical rainforest is a greenhouse that displays lush rainforests such as climbing creatures and epiphytic organisms. Greenhouses in arid regions show plants such as aloe tequila in the African desert.
Rue St. Catherine is a main through-fare in downtown Quebec in Montreal, Canada. Many global retailers can be found here along with award winning restaurants and outdoor vendors. St. Catherine Street with its skyscrapers is a major commercial district serving residents and tourists. Every July, the street closes to motor vehicle traffic and hosts the largest out door retail fair in Canada. Local merchants join with traveling merchants to serve over 300,000 visitors every year.
Montreal City Hall is constructed as a five story, almost castle building on Notre-Dame Street in the old section of Montreal. When construction finished in 1878 the building was considered to be the standard for Second Empire Style architecture. Still functioning as the administrative hub for the city Montreal's City Hall is as much a museum to the city's history as it is a government center. The original building was almost destroyed in 1922 by fire, leading to painstaking efforts to restore the it to its former glory. While updates are made to maintain the structures careful care is taken to maintain the building's history.
Constructed for the 1976 summer time Olympics, Montreal's Olympic Stadium has nicknames: "The huge O" and "The large Owe." the previous has to do with its form, similar to a giant doughnut. The latter points to the excessive fee of building and keeping the stadium at some point of the Olympic video games. The multipurpose facility stays one of Montreal's maximum amazing architectural systems, where stunning perspectives of the town can be found at the pinnacle of its tower, growing high at a hundred seventy five meters.