Few people knew of Ville-Marie yet everyone has been; it’s the technical name for Montreal’s downtown area, and one of the most vibrant places in the world. It encompasses Old-Montreal, downtown Montreal, the Latin Quarter, the Gay Village, most of Mount Royal Park and the islands on the St. Lawrence River – indeed, it covers quite a lot of ground! It is therefore one of the most visited areas in North America, and one of the most densely populated too.

Attraction-wise, Ville-Marie isn’t a bore. Three of the four Montreal universities are located within its boundaries, as well as the notable district of Old-Montreal (and its historic museums, chapels and quaint squares), the lively Gay Village and its drag-queen bars, the business and high street shopping oriented downtown core area and, of course, the luxuriant Mount Royal and its unobstructed view of the neighborhood. That’s in addition to the world-class art museums, the fine dining and plenty of bars to animate the legendary Montreal nightlife scene. Visitors can go from art gallery hopping to ice skating to strolling in the cobblestone streets and shopping in the largest underground network in the world, in the matter of just a few hours; that’s what Ville-Marie is all about.

Practical Info

Ville-Marie is 16.5 square kilometers (6.4 square miles) big and stretches from the north of Mount Royal to the islands on the St. Lawrence River, and from Westmount to Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. It can be reached by a number of ways, by car with ample underground parking options, by public transit via metro (stations from Berri-UQAM to Atwater or Papineau on both the green and the orange lines) and by foot from Plateau Mont-Royal, Hochelaga or Westmount.

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Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 612 Reviews

See the best of Montreal on this sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Aboard a coach, admire more than 200 top Montreal attractions and landmarks while ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.47

Walking Tour of Old Montreal or Downtown Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 180 Reviews

Soak in the rich history, culture and heritage of Montreal on this walking tour of Old Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $10.99

Montreal Brewery and Beer-Tasting Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Montreal is often voted one of the best cities in the world for craft beer, so find out what all the fuss is about on this brewery tour. With a knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.66

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