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Things to do in Montreal

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Welcome to Montreal

The capital of French-speaking Canada boasts an enviable combination of history, cuisine, and nonstop cultural happenings. Walking and biking tours are among the best ways to explore the city’s neighborhoods—from Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) to Chinatown—and hit must-see landmarks such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Ascend Montreal Tower Observatory for panoramic city views, or book a food tour to immerse yourself in the internationally influenced culinary scene. Montreal is also ideally located for day trips to Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, and Quebec’s wineries, as well as Rivière-du-Loup whale-watching excursions.

Top 10 attractions in Montreal

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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

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Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.More
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St. Lawrence River

St. Lawrence River

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The historic and scenic St. Lawrence River flows 743 miles (1,196 kilometers) across a vast chunk of North America, from the Great Lakes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The lifeblood for Ontario and Quebec, the mighty river has long sustained communities of both native tribes and European colonizers who settled along its banks. Its waters play host to a vast variety of wildlife, including a number of whale species such as sperm, minke, fin, blue, North Atlantic right, and endangered belugas.More
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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) charms visitors with its picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture, and winding cobblestone streets. Whether in the Old Port or walking down the main street Rue Saint-Paul, it’s easy to feel transported back in time—in fact, some architectural remains date back to New France. The historic site is considered to be the best preserved Old Town in North America.More
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) is the city's oldest Catholic church and the venue of Quebec hero Celine Dion’s wedding. The Gothic Revival-style church is one of Canada’s most lavish cathedrals, with stained-glass windows, intricate wood carvings, frescoes, sculptures, and a 7,000-pipe organ all vying for attention beneath a blue ceiling studded with gold stars.More
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Mount Royal

Mount Royal

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Mount Royal (Mont Royal), a 764-foot (233-meter) “mountain” in the midst of urban Montreal, is much-loved by locals and visitors alike, with Montrealers frequenting the leafy slopes as if the area were their own backyard. Cyclists, joggers, sunbathers, picnickers, and strollers abound in summer, while snowshoers, tobogganers, ice skaters, and cross-country skiers dominate in winter. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted—the creative force behind New York City’s Central Park—the 470-acre (190-hectare) Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal) encompasses forest trails, manmade monuments, and grassy meadows for picnicking. On a clear day, the views from the Mount Royal summit lookout can’t be beaten.More
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Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

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Built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal) now houses several attractions that form Montreal’s Space for Life museum district. There’s the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the 56,000-seater Olympic Stadium, the Biodome, an indoor zoo with around 4,500 animals, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Insectarium in neighboring Maisonneuve Park.More
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St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal)

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal)

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St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) located in Montreal’s Westmount neighborhood, is Canada’s largest church and a registered National Historic Site. Started as a small chapel in 1904, the Roman Catholic basilica has grown to contain a cryptic church, a museum, gardens, a 56-bell carillon, and one of the largest church domes in the world.More
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Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent)

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent)

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Covering an area of 480 square miles (1,245 square kilometers), the protected waters of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent) are among Eastern Canada’s best wildlife-viewing hot spots. Many impressive cetaceans, from blue whales to belugas, as well as several types of seals and hundreds of different species of sea birds dwell here.More
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Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montréal)

Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montréal)

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With more than 20,000 species growing across 185 acres (75 hectares), the expansive Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montréal) is often ranked among the world’s finest. Explore themed gardens—among them, Japanese, Chinese, First Nations, alpine, and medicinal—as well as hot and humid greenhouses dotted with orchids and tropical flowers.More
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Montreal Underground City

Montreal Underground City

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Montreal’s Underground City (or RÉSO) is a vast indoor complex that extends across a large portion of Downtown Montreal. Subterranean tunnels connect malls, hotels, cinemas, theaters, offices, museums, banks, universities, and metro stations, serving as a warm refuge during the city’s brutal winters.More

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A Spooky City Guide to Montreal

A Spooky City Guide to Montreal

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Quebec City Day Trips From Montreal

Haunted Montreal

Haunted Montreal

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

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A fun activity to learn!
Jillian_F, Dec 2021
Awesome Curling Experience
This is a very fun time to try something new and prepare for watching the Winter Olympics.
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Perfect tour for first timers
Lisa_H, Dec 2021
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
We enjoyed learning from him and getting to see areas of Montreal we hadn’t yet seen.
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This was a wonderful tour...
Kim_T, Nov 2021
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
Norman was an excellent driver and guide, and gave us lots of tips regarding places to visit..
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Great city overview.!
huizary, Nov 2021
Half day private city tour - SUV
The Viator rep we booked with had said admission to some of the attractions was included but it was not.
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Great trip. All four...
Matthew_S, Oct 2021
Quebec city & Montmorency Falls 1 Day Tour
All four parts, the falls, lunch, cruise and time in Quebec city were well balanced.
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Highly recommended!
Kaitlyn_C, Sep 2021
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
This is the best way to see Montreal!
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Montreal Overview
PaulaD_L, Sep 2021
Small-Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
Mounir was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, and gave us a great overview of things to see and do while in this beautiful city.
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Excellent experience!
Jennifer_L, Sep 2021
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an overview of Montreal’s main attractions.
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We enjoyed it very much
Jenny_P, Sep 2021
Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour
Will return to see old Montreal throughly.
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An Awesome Night tour
Taylor_N, Aug 2021
Montreal at Night Tour
He took me too all beautiful places of Montreal to see the awesome night views of Montreal with doing it myself I wouldn’t have able to visit all that places.
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Excellent Experience
Andrew_T, Dec 2021
Awesome Curling Experience
My friends and I were in Montreal for the weekend and were looking for fun afternoon activities and came across the Awesome Curling Experience.
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Lesley rocks!
Rachel_D, Sep 2021
Explore Old Montreal - Small Group Walking Tour
She also supplied us with recommendations for restaurants and activities!
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Excellent Tour of Old Montreal
Laura_D, Aug 2021
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Not only did we see some great sites, we also got some great tips on restaurants and other places to visit, which is priceless.
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Must do!
Victoria_G, Nov 2021
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
Great way to see Montreal.
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Great tour
Katerina_P, Jul 2021
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
You knowledge and experience made me fall in love with Montreal
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Best tour of Montreal
PROMISE_U, Sep 2020
City tour; afternoon in Montreal
We got to see so many beautiful places in montreal.
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Amazing tour and tour guide!
Danielle B, Dec 2019
Winter Charms of Old Montreal - Small Group Walking Tour
My friend and I booked this 3 hour walking tour to get to see the beautiful Old Montreal.
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Hop off
Luanne_C, Sep 2019
Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
A great way to see the city!
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Pleasant double decker tour of the city of Montreal.
Teddy_C, Aug 2019
Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
It stops at all the major attractions and we could get off and walk around and get on the next bus.
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Great experience
Michael M, Aug 2019
Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
Perfect 1 day trip from Montreal to Quebec, the falls , and back !!

All about Montreal

When to visit

Montreal does winter in style. From December through March, a heated Underground City pops up, and there's an exciting program of festive holiday events such as Merry Montreal, Igloofest, and the Fête des Neiges. After the thaw, the city comes out to play with a gamut of festivals including Osheaga, MUTEK, Montreal Pride, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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