Montreal is a modern and colorful city offering the perfect blend of historic buildings, modern structures, and skyscrapers. Below the ground, another city exists, where extremes of heat and cold are unknown. To the west and north of downtown are mainly English speaking commercial and residential neighborhoods centered around Westmount. To the east and north are French speaking quarters, notably Outremount and Plateau Mont-Royal. In between are the many dialects and cultures of residents and business people from around the globe. At the city’s center is a 764-foot hill called Mont-Royal, from which the city takes its name. If weather permits, climbing Mount Royal is a must do, and when you reach the top take in the spectacular views of the city and surrounding area. The best museums to see in the area are the Musee des Beaux Arts, McCord museum, Musee de l’Art Contemporain, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. If you want to take advantage of the Montreal shopping experience, check out the St Laurent strip and the Jean-Talon Market. And of course Montreal is known for their nightlife, so check out the bar scene on St. Catherine’s Street for after dark entertaiment.