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MontrealCanada

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 showing outdoor art, a city and a monument

Downtown Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(5,277 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Montreal. Check out top attractions like Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Bell Centre, and jump on the metro at Peel Station or McGill Station to see more of the city.

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

Old Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,059 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and acclaimed art galleries are just a few highlights of Old Montreal. Make a stop by Old Port of Montreal or Old Port while you're exploring the area.

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

Plateau Mont Royal

4/5Very Good!(238 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and cafés, there's plenty to explore in Plateau Mont Royal. Top attractions like The Underground City and Mount Royal Park are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Mont Royal Station or Laurier Station to see more of the city.

Plateau Mont Royal
Gay Village featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and café scenes

Gay Village

4/5Very Good!(168 area reviews)

Take time in Gay Village to visit attractions like Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Pierre Apotre Church. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Beaudry Station to see more of the city.

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

Latin Quarter

4/5Very Good!(87 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Latin Quarter for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Berri-UQAM Station.

Latin Quarter

Top Hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Loews Hotel Vogue
Loews Hotel Vogue
4.5 out of 5
1425 de La Montagne, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $179 per night

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,944 reviews)

"Big rooms and very clean. Good location and parking was easy"…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Loews Hotel Vogue
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
3.5 out of 5
7655 Decarie boulevard, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $80 per night

Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,391 reviews)

"Helpful staff, nice clean rooms, on site good restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $126 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,357 reviews)

"It’s a nice hotel with a strange layout. The rooms could use some Modernization but hey once you use the outdoor heated pool you forget where you are. Ohhhh the beds are super comfortable !"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Popular places to visit in Montreal

Old Port of Montreal
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Old Port of Montreal

4.5/5(1,734 reviews)

Historic architecture, modern attractions and an exciting calendar of festivals make it impossible to get bored at this lively and scenic riverfront space.

Notre Dame Basilica
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Notre Dame Basilica

4.5/5(1,830 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.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

4/5(478 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Montreal

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

84% of travellers recommend
CA $131
Per adult
Chocolate All the Way: Guided Chocolate-Tasting Walking Tour
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Chocolate All the Way: Guided Chocolate-Tasting Walking Tour

CA $115
Per adult
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex
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Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

94% of travellers recommend
CA $24
Per adult
Montreal Grevin Wax Museum Tickets
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Montreal Grevin Wax Museum Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
CA $22
Per adult
Saint Lawrence Whitewater Jet Boat Adventure
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Saint Lawrence Whitewater Jet Boat Adventure

98% of travellers recommend
CA $71
Per adult
Montreal Old Port Craft Breweries with Tastings
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Montreal Old Port Craft Breweries with Tastings

96% of travellers recommend
CA $79
Per adult

Reviews of Montreal

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3268
5 - Excellent 54.68540829986613%
4 - Good
2187
4 - Good 36.596385542168676%
3 - Okay
443
3 - Okay 7.412985274431057%
2 - Disappointing
50
2 - Disappointing 0.8366800535475234%
1 - Terrible
28
1 - Terrible 0.4685408299866131%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 20, 2020

Nice city but roads in the city were blocked due to constructions.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 14, 2020

In these difficult period of time there was not much that i could see

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

One convenience store clerk yelled at me that I was just wandering around his store and if I didn't buy anything, I'd have to get out! I am not used to being treated in this manner, and found it coloured my memory of this visit to Montreal.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

Very nice and sociable

5/5 - Excellent

Fran

Mar 20, 2020

My favorite place on earth

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

It was great!

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Montreal Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Montreal

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How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

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