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The upmarket Hôtel le Germain is close to McGill University campus. With an air of calm sophistication, rooms are decked out with crisp white linen and Québec-crafted furniture, plus there’s a good in-house restaurant (00 1 514 849 2050;; 2050 Rue Mansfield; from £135).

Getting around
Montréal’s Métro runs quickly and quietly on rubber tyres. Tickets are valid for a one-way journey anywhere in the city – bulk-buying works out cheaper. Trains operate until 12.30am, but some bus services run throughout the night (tickets £1.75;

When to go
In late June, before the humid summer hits its peak, the world’s biggest jazz festival ( takes place. In July 2012, the Just for Laughs Festival marks its 30th anniversary (

How to go
Air Canada (from £415; and British Airways both fly direct from Heathrow to Montréal Trudeau Airport (from £610; From there, take STM bus 747 downtown from the airport (£4;

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The article ‘Mini guide to Montreal, Canada’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.





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