Americans buying Canadian Real Estate

Are there any references/links for advice to Americans who want to buy real estate in Canada? I work for an American subsidiary of a Canadian company headquartered in Montreal. I live in Florida. I would like to buy a condo in Montreal to improve my quality of life. What are the pitfalls/advantages to considering such a move? And the best strategy for obtaining financing? Are there ways for Americans to avoid the sales tax? Any help is greatly appreciated because right now I am going into this blindly.