Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Incredible architecture surrounds the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in downtown Montreal. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreal - art
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Montreal - art
Montreal is famous for its arts and festivals. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreal - skyline
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Montreal - skyline
The views of the Montreal skyline from certain city parks can be quite striking. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
The Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman Catholic basilica in Montreal. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - chapel
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - chapel
They say no visit to Montreal is complete without a look inside the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - artwork
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - artwork
The inside of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is ornate with art and candles. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - exterior
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal - exterior
The exterior of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is certainly beautiful but not compared with the inside. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreal - downtown churches
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Montreal - downtown churches
Churches decorate downtown Montreal with old-world architecture. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreal - Just for Laughs festival
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Montreal - Just for Laughs festival
Montreal is known for its street festivals. The 2013 Just for Laughs festival is shown here. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreal's underground city
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Montreal's underground city
Montreal's underground city -- the largest of its kind in the world -- looks like an indoor shopping mall in places. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Jim Furyk - 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal
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Jim Furyk - 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal
Jim Furyk hits a shot during the U.S. win at the 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club. Jeffrey White/Golf Advisor.
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Montreal is a vibrant city set to host the 2014 RBC Canadian Open

MONTREAL -- The RBC Canadian Open will return to Royal Montreal Golf Club for the 10th time on July 21-27, 2014. Royal Montreal, the oldest golf club in North America, was last in the spotlight for the 2007 Presidents Cup.

Montreal is the perfect host city for a golf tournament attracting players from around the world. It's arguably the most unique city in North America, a melting pot of European influence and dominated by French culture, from the cuisine and the arts to the language of its people. Montreal is actually an island at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.

The downtown feels vibrant and alive with festivals all summer long and a grand collection of outdoor parks where people gather. The popularity of city cycling is evident on every street where bikes are available for rent.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth sits in the middle of it all as the only hotel directly connected to Montreal's underground city, a collection of restaurants, department stores, boutique shops and markets. John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous bed-in in Room 1742 between May 26 and June 2, 1969, when the song "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded.

Within walking distance are the incredible Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal and charming Old Montreal, home to cobblestone streets and 17th-century buildings. The best public courses for visiting golfers are the two Pat Ruddy designs at Club de Golf de l'ile de Montreal (called CGIM for short) and Golf Saint-Raphael, a 36-hole semiprivate facility on Ile Bizard across the street from the ultra-private Royal Montreal.

"In general, golfers in Montreal are spoiled," city resident Harm Duzink said. "We have something like 65 courses to choose from.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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