Why It's Worth It

If you think Canada is a cold place, then Montreal is the antidote. The sexy French-Canadian metropolis is as warm as it gets in all four seasons. Festival crazy, foodie friendly, and diverse, this city island offers an unlikely mix of European charm and North American energy. Stroll through Old Montreal, catch a free concert at the Place des Arts, or hike the Mont-Royal, the green heart of the city, and you’ll quickly become intoxicated with this city’s easy and creative vibe. —Laura-Julie Perreault