Montréal's climate swings between the extremes of high humid heat in summer and heavy snowfalls in winter.
Mont-Royal rises 233 meters above the city and is the green lung near the city center.
The twin towers of the neo-Gothic façade face Place d'Armes.
An intricate and resplendent interior is the work of Victor Bourgeau.
Brother André of the Congrégation de Sainte-Croix had already built a small chapel here in 1904, where he performed miraculous acts of healing for which he was canonized in 1982.
His tomb is in one part of the sanctuary in the original chapel. A cloister behind the church leads up to Mont-Royal.
Other tourist attractions on the islands include the rides and games of La Ronde Amusement Park, the historic 1820 British arsenal at the Stewart Museum, Bassin Olympique (where the Olympic rowing events were held), and race course Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The building is designed in the shape of a sphere and is the largest such structure in the world.It has grown to be the second largest French-speaking city in the world.Part of the Hochelaga archipelago, the city itself is an island with Mount Royal (233 meters) in the city center.Named after Sir John Sherbrooke, Governor General of Canada from 1816 to 1818, Rue Sherbrooke is probably the city's most elegant thoroughfare.It is the spine of the city and the location of many major museums and institutions.But it wasn't until 1642 that Paul de Chomedey, the god-fearing Sieur de Maisonneuve, founded a small mission station here.