Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal

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Find somewhere to dine al fresco and see a little of Montreal's history at Place Jacques-Cartier. A characterful entrance to the Old Port, the square is named after the explorer who originally claimed Canada for France in 1535. Parisian style restaurants line the square and local artists stalls and food kiosks often populate the center. Head to the upper end to see Nelson's Column, the oldest monument in the city and the second oldest Nelson's Column in the world. Plan your visit to Place Jacques-Cartier and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Montreal travel itinerary planner.
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  • Square located near the old town surrounded by restaurants in every corner. Atmosphere very quiet and pretty.
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  • It is a very beautiful and very well-kept, square if you are for the old Montreal have to pass to take the photo.
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  • Picturesque and lively public area with flowers, in addition to a very nice old architecture. Very safe and clean area.
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  • Great for walking and shopping in the old part of Montreal close to the old port of Montreal. Plan to spend at least 4 to 5 hours. Many shops, restaurants, and things to see. Parking is best found in the old port parking areas.
  • Very nice place especially during summer time. Lot of activities and festivals are being held there. You can see the fireworks, eat on the terraces, take pictures, look at the boats that are staying there for the summer. And if you cross the street you will be in the Old Montréal which is also nice to visit.
  • Street artists, restaurants, bars, shops, ect.,,, you can see heaps of interesting things.
  • Nice location. Old and legacy buildings can be found here. Many festivals take place here. Be aware in the winter this location is very cold maybe because it is near a river, if you want to go out during the cold you should wear hot cloth and protect your feet and head.
  • Many restaurants and gift shops in the area. Great place to come grab a bite and people watch.

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