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Whether your destination is the multinational metropolis of Toronto, or the old-world-meets-new-generation city of Montréal, there are countless things to do and see.
 

 

WHAT'S NEW

This May in Montréal, a new observatory space—Au Sommet Place Ville Marie—opens atop an iconic building, offering extraordinary downtown views (ausommetplacevillemarie.com). Get a different view riding the new MTL Zipline over the St-Laurent River (mtlzipline.com). On the ground, an interactive historical art installation, Montréal en Histoires—Cité Mémoire features 20 tableaux using innovative 3D projections (montrealenhistoires.com).

Toronto welcomes 150+ top players in the NHL this September for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (nhl.com). The Toronto Zoo recently welcomed the birth of the first giant panda cubs born in Canada, as well as polar bear and lion cubs (torontozoo.com). At the Eaton Centre Canada's first Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom stores open this year (cfshops.com). 

 

WHAT'S NEARBY 

In Montréal, the train station is located adjacent the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (cathedralecatholiquedemontreal.org). Hockey fans flock to the nearby Centre Bell, home of the Montréal Canadiens and Hall of Fame exhibits (centrebell.ca). The station is part of the Underground City, connected to miles of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

In Toronto, Union Station is connected to most of downtown via the subterranean PATH system and footbridges. Within a ten-minute walk you'll reach CN Tower—the world's tallest structure (cntower.ca), as well as Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (ripleyaquariums.com). South of that is Harborfront Centre, an arts and entertainment venue (harbourfrontcentre.com).

 

WHAT'S NOT TO MISS

Montréal's history can be appreciated in Old Montréal, where the Notre Dame Basilica has stood as a Gothic Revival masterpiece since 1824 (notre-damebasilica.ca). The Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history takes visitors from the 14th century to present day via multimedia technology (pacmusee.qc.ca). 

Toronto observes several anniversaries this year, including the Toronto Blue Jays 40th Season (toronto.bluejays.mlb.com), and the 100th for the Toronto Maple Leafs (nhl.com). It's also the 10th anniversary of the global multi-arts Luminato Festival (luminatofestival.com), and the 20th Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the world's largest photography event (scotiabankcontactphoto.com).

 

Montreal offers the charm of the old and the excitement of the new in a French-accented blend that never fails to delight visitors. 
By night, the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and the Old Port down by the St. Lawrence River sparkle and shine.
 
In "centre-ville," Montreal's downtown, soaring skyscrapers stand alongside Victorian-style gems and majestic heritage buildings. Here you'll find the "underground city" that lets Montrealers cavort, warm and dry, throughout winter. And don't miss the lively nightlife on trendy Saint-Denis and Boulevard Saint-Lauren. 
 
Mount Royal Park, in the city's center, and Parc Jean Drapeau, spread out over two islands in the river, provide a change of pace, a place to smell the flowers or, when the weather's warm, relax on a sandy beach.
 
 

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Fabrik - Creativity Factory Ongoing
Get your child's creative juices flowing at this interactive invention exhibit, where they will build everything from derby cars to parachutes, catapults to floating vessels, in fun, friendly competitions.