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Things to do in Montreal

Things to do in  Montreal

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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Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours)

Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours)

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Built in the 1840s, this neoclassical silver-domed building has served as a farmers market, theater, and for a brief stint as Montreal's city hall. It was threatened with demolition before being converted into the current market complex, which contains cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shops selling Quebec-made crafts and design items.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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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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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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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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Montreal Place d'Armes

Montreal Place d'Armes

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Montreal's Place d’Armes, meaning parade square, is a major public venue in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal). The picturesque plaza is bordered by some of Montreal’s most notable architectural landmarks, including the 17th-century Saint-Sulpice Seminary, the Gothic Revival-style Notre-Dame Basilica, and the art deco Aldred Building.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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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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Montreal City Hall (Hotel de Ville de Montréal)

Montreal City Hall (Hotel de Ville de Montréal)

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Built in the 1870s and rebuilt after a 1922 fire, Montreal City Hall (Hôtel de Ville de Montréal) has long found itself at the center of Quebec history. In 1967, the building hosted one of the most significant political moments in the province’s recent past, when then–French President Charles de Gaulle gave a rousing speech from the balcony—one that spurred Quebec’s separatist movement.More

Trip ideas

Quebec City Day Trips From Montreal

Quebec City Day Trips From Montreal

Haunted Montreal

Haunted Montreal

Recent reviews from experiences in 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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Scooter Girl and David
Nancy_K, Oct 2020
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
Got to see some neighbourhoods that I hadn't visited before.
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Beautiful Mont-Réal at night on electric scooters
Lisette_S, Sep 2020
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
We took the English tour at 19:30.
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The Notre-Dame basilica
Clint, Feb 2020
Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)
Provided more than enough information about old Montreal to make us want to come back in the summer to further explore the area.
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Amazing tour and tour guide!
Danielle B, Dec 2019
Winter Charms of Old Montreal & Notre-Dame Basilica Small Group Tour
My friend and I booked this 3 hour walking tour to get to see the beautiful Old Montreal.
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Excellent tour around the Old Town
Megan11111111, Nov 2019
Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)
She was lots of fun and took the time at the end of the tour to mark out other places around Montreal to visit on a map which was appreciated.
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Great tour!
lavender5923, Nov 2019
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
This tour was a great way to see Montreal!
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Love it!
Traveler630782, Oct 2019
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Looking to visit this great city again!
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Montreal in a nutshell
jamesbX2215AL, Oct 2019
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
Was a good way to see the whole city.
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A good overview
efp2019, Sep 2019
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
What the tour does is give you a sense of what you might want to visit in more depth.
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Great way to see Montreal
Tami I, Aug 2019
Montreal Bike Tour: The Essentials
Such a beautiful way to see the city, Our guide Catherine was just great, full of facts along the way.
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excellent!!!!
Flyer62960, Oct 2018
Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal
Sain, our our guide , was fluent in French and English.
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Most fun day in Montreal. Learned so...
rdhd224, Jun 2016
Beyond the Bike Lanes Bike Tour
Learned so much and got to see neighborhoods in the city that I otherwise would have missed.
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We enjoyed this tour largely based...
Carl M, Sep 2017
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
When we go back to Montreal, we will again request Andre's services as a guide to things we have yet to see and learn about.
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Old Montreal walking tour
LightPacker667164, Oct 2019
Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)
Fran our guide was an expert gives us a good history of Montreal and gave recommendations on restaurants and other highlight places to visit with our minimum time.
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This was a great tour with some...
Shirley H, Jun 2017
Flavors of Old Montreal Food and Culture Walking Tour
Loved the one about the French and English statutes on the square in front of the Basilica of Norte Dame Montreal take the tour to hear the story.
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Darren was an excellent guide. Our...
TimC, Aug 2017
Flavors of Old Montreal Food and Culture Walking Tour
Was also a great way to see old town Montreal
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walking tour of old montreal - east & West
Casey9163, Sep 2019
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Her suggestions for additional areas to explore or cafes to visit were spot on.
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This was a fabulous way to see...
Karen M, Nov 2016
4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer
This was a fabulous way to see Montreal!
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Comprehensive Overview of Montreal
Erika F, Jun 2019
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
In a few hours you get a very comprehensive tour of Montreal and get to get off the bus to see the highlights.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions