“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
In the 1860s Montréal's first Chinese immigrants came to the island to work the mines on the Canadian Pacific railway. Modest in size, Chinatown spans from rues Jean Mance, Boulevard St-Laurent, Rene Levesque and Viger in Downtown Montréal. Unmistakable with its high and distinctive Chinese arches, the main street De la Gauchetière is for pedestrians only and hosts various festivals and gatherings. Besides its many shops, herbalists, apothecaries and groceries you can find restaurants serving real Asian cuisine. For dim sum, go to Lotte Furama or Deer Garden for typical Chinese fare.