4/5 - Good
OrlandoDec 9, 2019
The City of a Hundred Steeples charms with its French identity, year-round festivals, and one of the most lovingly preserved historic city centers in North America.
Montreal is a proudly French city. It began as a French fur trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even the way the city looks and feels is often described as Parisian. Montreal’s colorful townhouses, bohemian lifestyle and love of dining and the arts all mirror the French capital. Check out the cafés and bookstores of Plateau-Mont-Royal in the city’s northeast for the purest taste of Montreal’s Parisian spirit.
Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montreal has historically been a wealthy trade city and much of the city’s elegant architecture was built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches like Notre-Dame Basilica, where Celine Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Head for the glistening silver dome of the Bonsecours Market, which was built to show off the city’s grandeur to visitors. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, which is the largest subsurface complex in the world.
Montreal is a city of festivals and features a year-round calendar that peaks in the summer months. Festivals dedicated to jazz, fireworks and stand-up comedy annually attract millions of visitors from across the world. Many are held in the Quartier des Spectacles among the skyscrapers of Downtown. Thanks to Montreal’s world-class concert halls and outdoor stages, many of these festivals are considered the best of their kind.
Montreal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Quebec, only 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the U.S. border. The city rests on an island between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies with a hill at its center, called Mount Royal.
Though Montreal is spread wide across the island, an excellent public transportation system makes it easy to navigate without a car. The metro is the most convenient option, with 68 stations throughout the city and cheap visitor deals like three-day or weekend passes available. Montreal’s creativity is clear even on the metro: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style, so the metro is as vibrant as the city itself.
Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.
Once surrounded by ramparts, this historic area within Montreal city now shines as one of the oldest and best preserved urban centers in North America.
Home to artists, students and bohemians of all types, this borough is Montreal’s creative and countercultural haven.
Eat, drink and party in this lively center of Montréal’s cuisine and nightlife. See why the city’s gay district is thought to be one of the largest in the world.
Watch a play, see a classic movie and browse the collection of a large library in Montréal’s student haven.
Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019
Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019
The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.
Sitting high above the city, this modern basilica and “house of miracles” offers tranquility, soaring Italian Renaissance architecture and Montreal’s best views.
Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof.
Originally created as “a corsage for the city’s lapel,” Montreal’s premier gardens have blossomed into a horticultural and cultural giant.
Montreal’s favorite amusement park lights up the night sky in summertime, and has some of the highest and fastest roller coasters in Canada.
This collection of hills in the center of Montréal is where Montrealers come to enjoy the outdoors. Hike, ice-skate and enjoy the views of the cityscape.
Discover the heart of historic Montreal on this enthralling walking tour. A professional guide shares knowledge of the city's storied past, pointing out the architectural landmarks and centuries-old secrets that abound within the stone walls of Old Montreal.
Make the most of your time in Montréal with a city pass designed to save you money as you tour the city's top attractions. The same card grants you unlimited rides on the convenient Montréal metro and public bus system so you can easily get around the city.
Cruise around Montreal’s most delightful and unique neighborhoods on an electric scooter. Following the lead of your expert guide, you explore the city at a perfect pace that doesn’t tire you out. Visit hotspots like Jean-Talon Market and Mount Royal and discover boutique shops and charming cafés.
Paint the town and let loose with a crew of fellow fun-loving revelers as you discover Montreal's best bars and nightclubs. Cruise between 4 different watering holes as the night goes on, from a cozy pub where you can chat with the group to a nightclub where you can stay on the dance floor well into the wee hours.
Take in Montreal's natural setting and urban landmarks from the 46th floor with a visit to the Observatoire Place Ville Marie. Stand 600 feet (185 meters) above the city in this emblematic, cross-shaped skyscraper's 360 observation deck, the perfect vantage point for admiring unobstructed views of the Quebec’s largest metropolis.
Montreal is made up of unique neighborhoods, all with different sights and atmospheres, and the ideal way to explore them is on a bike. As a very bike-friendly city, Montreal has miles of bicycle paths, and your bike rental includes a map of these great trails.
Verified travellerDec 3, 2019
Beautiful town. Friendly people, most speak English. Metro is simple to use.
From the cobblestones of Old Montreal to the fashionable shops of Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal offers an unforgettable getaway.
Where to chow in the City of Saints
Shredding the slopes of the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal