Sure, Toronto’s now the economic and population heavyweight of Canada, but Montreal is still where the nation’s artistic heart beats proudly and strongly. From a huge variety of one-day ethnic fairs to art festivals to international sporting events, Montreal is a city of happenings. An international fireworks competition, the world’s largest jazz festival, and Formula 1 Grand Prix are just a few. Will you be here in time to catch one of them yourself?
Despite Montreal’s modern cultural prowess, the city’s European roots are showing. If you’re wondering what to do in Montreal, stroll or bike down to the Old Port of Montreal and snap some photos of 18th-century, European-style buildings. Or make a tour of a wealth of heritage churches, such as Notre-Dame Basilica.
Weather not great for a stroll? The locals thought of that when they connected buildings in the downtown area with weather-proof tunnels. Then they called them the Underground City of Montreal. Navigate from your hotel to boutique shops offering antique furniture next to luxury handbags and perfumes. Of course, one of our favorite things to do in Montreal in winter is take advantage of many restaurants’ policy of “apportez votre vin.” Here in the states we call it BYO (bring your own) wine. Pair your favorite vintage with locally-invented, world-famous poutine (French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy), or experience the international flavors of this diverse city.
When will you visit Montreal? The city is incredible all year round, but these Montreal vacation packages won’t wait for long. Reserve yours today and experience this cultural capital for yourself.