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Make the Most of Your Time in Montreal

Melding Old World charm and cosmopolitan glamour, Montreal will inspire you with its rich and diverse culture. From historic Vieux-Montréal to bustling rue Ste.-Catherine, the city offers endless opportunities for travellers old and new to its environs.

 

Everything you’ll need to plan your visit can be found at Discover Your Montreal, but here are some not-to-be-missed attractions:

 

Historic Highlights

Old Montreal/Vieux-Montréal

A visit to Montreal is not complete without a stroll through the historic old town. Its warren of cobblestone streets and narrow alleys are home to a wide variety of restaurants, art galleries, and shopping.

Old Port/Vieux-Port

At two kilometres in length, the Old Port is an easy and scenic stroll. Make sure to check out the Tour de l’Horloge, a clock tower located at the eastern end of the port.

Notre-Dame Basilica/Basilique Notre-Dame

A stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture, the basilica is open for both guided tours and religious services throughout the week.

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mont Royal/L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal

Located in the heart of the city, the oratory complex includes a house of worship, a museum, extensive gardens, and a nature reserve.

 

Outdoor Pursuits

Mont Royal Park/Parc du Mont Royal

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Mont Royal encompasses 200 hectares (494 acres) of paths, trees, and green space, and a peak that rises to 232 metres (761 feet). The park is host to numerous public activities and is also home to the SPVM (Montreal police) cavalry stables.

Botanical Gardens/Jardin Botanique

Explore themed gardens and ten exhibition greenhouses. The garden’s library houses one of the largest collections of horticulture documents in Canada.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site/Lieu historique national du Canal-de-Lachine

A 13.5 kilometre (8 mile) urban route follows the historic canal, linking the Old Port with Lac-Saint-Louis through five locks.

 

Arts and Culture

Place des Arts/Place des Arts

Place des Arts offers a wide variety of theatrical and musical entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des Beaux-Arts Montréal

With a collection of over 43,000 works of art spanning periods from Antiquity to modern, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the premier arts museums in Canada.

Pointe-à-Callière/Pointe-à-Callière

Located in Old Montreal, Pointe-à-Callière is both a museum and an archaeological site. Explore the history of the city through permanent and temporary exhibits.

 

For Booklovers

National Library and Archives of Quebec/Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

Located in Old Montreal, the Grande Bibliothèque holds documents dating back to the founding of the city.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly/Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

This literary gem is best known for its eclectic assortment of comics and graphic novels, both from its own press and from international publishers.

Argo Bookshop/Librairie Argo

The oldest independent purveyor of English-language books in Montreal, Argo stocks a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.

La Librairie Gallimard/La Librairie Gallimard

Located in the heart of the city, Gallimard is a renowned French-language bookseller, with a selection of titles from local as well as international authors.

 

Shopping and Dining

Montreal Underground City/Montréal Souterrain

Many of Montreal’s best shopping venues are linked by the Underground City, which contains many of its own shopping and dining options.

Montreal Eaton Centre/Centre Eaton Montréal

At the centre of the rue Ste-Catharine shopping district, the Montreal Eaton Centre is home to more than one hundred retail stores and restaurants.

Montreal’s Public Markets/Marchés Publics de Montréal

Six public markets—including Atwater, Jean-Talon, and Maisonneuve—specialize in local fresh and prepared foodstuffs, including meats, dairy, and produce.

Schwartz's Deli/Schwartz's Deli

For over ninety years, Schwartz’s has served its original Montreal smoked meat to loyal and enthusiastic diners. Dine-in and take-out available.

St-Viateur Bagel/St-Viateur Bagel

No trip to Montreal is complete without a visit to a bagel store. St-Viateur is just one of many options in the city, but it is one of the oldest.

 

Day Trips

Mont-Tremblant/Mont-Tremblant

Nestled in the Laurentian Mountains, Mont-Tremblant offers an extensive range of outdoor activities including hikes for all levels, zip lines, bike trails, and rock climbing.

Quebec City/Québec

Situated on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its historic district is easily explored on foot as part of a Parks Canada walking tour and offers a diverse selection of shopping and dining options.