If I speak French, I will live a third of the year in Montreal. Alive and peaceful, day or night, rain or shine; this city is filled with culture and arts, modern and old, sports and fashion. I don’t care if all the signs aren’t in English or the city seems to be always in construction, because everything else is “tres bien”.
Staying overnight, go the Biosphere for $12 to get a 360 degree view of Montreal, walk around Old Montreal, and check out the Basilica at night for a $9 lightshow for some history. Enjoy the rest of the night dining in many of the excellent restaurants around. My choice this month, Holder for goat cheese tart, mussels and of course, wine. Sante!
Got a late flight the next day? Rent a Bixi for the real Montreal experience. $7/24 hour access.