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Visit Montreal

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.

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Where to stay in Montreal

Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal showing outdoor art, a city and a monument

Downtown Montreal

Known for Architecture, Culture, Museum

4.5/5(4,727 reviews)

Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

Old Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral and interior views

Old Montreal

Known for Cathedral, Architecture, Church

4.5/5(945 reviews)

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. 

Plateau Mont Royal
Plateau Mont Royal which includes a city, signage and street scenes

Plateau Mont Royal

Known for Architecture, Urban, Culture

4/5(207 reviews)

Home to artists, students and bohemians of all types, this borough is Montreal’s creative and countercultural haven. 

Gay Village
Gay Village featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and café scenes

Gay Village

Known for Small Town, Architecture, Nature

4/5(144 reviews)

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.

Latin Quarter
Latin Quarter which includes a city, street scenes and café scenes

Latin Quarter

Known for Café, Dining, Architecture

4/5(76 reviews)

Watch a play, see a classic movie and browse the collection of a large library in Montréal’s student haven.

Top Hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
CA $125
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...

4.2/5Excellent! (6,810 reviews)

"Dated 60’s construction but rooms and common areas were nicely updated. Outside heated pool was the highlight! Just wish there were more hot tubs or at least a bigger one as it was cold outside during our stay and the one was very crowded and often full of “rowdy” young adults. Overall, convenient ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
3.5 out of 5
1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
CA $122
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Underground City and Sainte-Catherine Street. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,010 reviews)

"I like location. The view from the window was not great but I understand."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
4.5 out of 5
900 Boulevard Rene Levesque West, Montreal, QC
CA $195
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Eaton Centre and Bell Centre. McGill University and Museum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,222 reviews)

"The hotel is spotlessly clean . The food is wonderful especially the market area . So many types of food and affordable.. the staff however are the highlight of the hotel. they bent over backwards to give us information on where to go and what to see and we're very very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2019

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Popular things to do in Montreal

Notre Dame Basilica
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Notre Dame Basilica

4.5/5(1,750 reviews)

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.

Saint Joseph's Oratory
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Saint Joseph's Oratory

4.5/5(681 reviews)

Sitting high above the city, this modern basilica and “house of miracles” offers tranquility, soaring Italian Renaissance architecture and Montreal’s best views.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

4/5(467 reviews)

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Montreal Botanical Garden
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Montreal Botanical Garden

4.5/5(529 reviews)

Originally created as “a corsage for the city’s lapel,” Montreal’s premier gardens have blossomed into a horticultural and cultural giant. 

La Ronde Six Flags
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La Ronde Six Flags

4/5(144 reviews)

Montreal’s favorite amusement park lights up the night sky in summertime, and has some of the highest and fastest roller coasters in Canada.

Mount Royal Park
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Mount Royal Park

4.5/5(882 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Montreal

Old Montreal Walking Tour
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Old Montreal Walking Tour

CA $30

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.

3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation
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3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation

CA $131

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.

Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal
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Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal

CA $106

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.

Montreal Bar & Nightclub Crawl
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Montreal Bar & Nightclub Crawl

CA $29

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.

Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets
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Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets

CA $22

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.

Independent Tour of Montreal by Bike
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Independent Tour of Montreal by Bike

CA $41

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.

Reviews of Montreal

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.93744164332399%
3 - Okay
405
3 - Okay 7.563025210084033%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8776844070961718%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4295051353874883%

4/5 - Good

Orlando

Dec 9, 2019

Good experience

5/5 - Excellent

Cooper

Dec 8, 2019

Love coming to MONTRÉAL. Amazing city!

4/5 - Good

Donna

Dec 8, 2019

None

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 7, 2019

Montreal's a great city. It is pretty much under constant construction or repair but it is always a great visit. Great people, food and vibe

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 7, 2019

In my opinion this time of the year (early December and only for the weekday) was not ideal to visit Montreal. The town was pretty sleepy at this end of the city. I know it is a buzzing city in the summer and busier on the weekends.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 3, 2019

Beautiful town. Friendly people, most speak English. Metro is simple to use.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Montreal

How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal
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How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

From the cobblestones of Old Montreal to the fashionable shops of Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal offers an unforgettable getaway.

Eat your heart out in Montreal
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Eat your heart out in Montreal

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Skiing near Montreal
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Skiing near Montreal

Shredding the slopes of the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal

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