Montreal

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With an exciting calendar of year-round festivals, stunning European architecture, exquisite eateries, high-end shopping and more, this city is pretty irresistible.

From humble beginnings as a French fur trading post, Montreal has developed into one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in Canada. The island city lives and breathes its French connection through pride in its colonial history, dogged preservation of European architecture and a large majority of French-speaking citizens. This cultural identity is subtly written into the narrative of the city and is evident from the quaint bookshops and charming cafés that line the pretty cobblestone streets.

Soak up Montreal’s unique festival atmosphere in the bustling streets of the Downtown area. This vibrant district is home to the famous Quartier des Spectacles, which not only has 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House, but also hosts the über-cool Montreal International Jazz Festival.

With a year-round events programme that is the envy of far weightier cities, Montreal is a buzzing hub of music, comedy, film and fireworks. Furthermore, the excellent selection of hip bars, trendy hot-spots and top-notch restaurants means visitors can enjoy the finest evening entertainment without having to put in too much legwork.

The city is overflowing with beautiful buildings that traverse a range of architectural styles. Undoubtedly, the Notre Dame Basilica is one of the jewels in Québec’s religious crown. Admire its stunning Gothic-revival exterior before comparing it to St Joseph’s Oratory – the largest and arguably most majestic church in Canada.

At Old Port, spend a pleasant afternoon ambling along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline from the top of the old clock tower and keep an eye out for ships navigating the precarious Lachine Canal.

Afterwards, stroll around the colourful district of Plateau Mont-Royal. Browse the quaint bookshops or sip a coffee in one of the many charming cafés. This bohemian neighbourhood is home to a heady mix of musicians, artists and students who all contribute to its infectious laid-back vibe.

Shop til you drop in the busy boutiques of Saint Catherine Street and Underground City before heading to the Bonsecours Market to pick up some unique souvenirs lovingly hand-crafted by the finest artisans in Québec. Whether it's exquisite jewellery or restored 18th-century furniture, you’re sure to discover something really special.

Montreal absolutely deserves first place on any Canadian itinerary so why not check it out for yourself?

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Top hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
RM435
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (7,069 reviews)

"Location is perfect close ro bell center.. pool is amazing during the say and lite.right up during the night"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Best Western Montreal Aeroport - Airport Hotel
Best Western Montreal Aeroport - Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
6500 Cote De Liesse, Montreal, QC
RM290
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of CAE, Place Vertu Shopping Center and Bombardier Aerospace. University ...

3.5/5Good! (1,272 reviews)

"Amazing ambience and customer service. Could've been a better experience if the room would've been made better before ariving."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

Best Western Montreal Aeroport - Airport Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
RM292
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins. Notre Dame Basilica and ...

4/5Very Good! (2,249 reviews)

"A lot of plastic and styrofoam at the breakfast. Overall a nive experience. Silent and good service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown

Popular things to do in Montreal

Old Port of Montreal
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Old Port of Montreal

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

Welcoming all kinds of pilgrims from popes to pop stars, this gorgeous basilica should definitely appear on your Montreal itinerary.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

Visit this exceptional Montreal facility to explore five ecosystems investigating the diversity of marine, plant and animal life in the Americas.

Top activities in Montreal

Old Montreal Walking Tour
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Old Montreal Walking Tour

RM76

Discover the heart of historic Montreal on this enthralling walking tour. A professional guide shares knowledge of the city's storied past, pointing out the architectural landmarks and centuries-old secrets that abound within the stone walls of Old Montreal.

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

RM370

Journey back through 400 years of history on this magnificent tour of Quebec City and see stunning nature at Montmorency Falls. Find charming Old World atmosphere in narrow streets, look for architectural treasures beyond the tourist track, and learn a bit about the city's history from your expert guide.

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

RM405

Make the most of your time in Montréal with a city pass designed to save you money as you tour the city's top attractions. The same card grants you unlimited rides on the convenient Montréal metro and public bus system so you can easily get around the city.

Saint Lawrence Whitewater Jet Boat Adventure
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Saint Lawrence Whitewater Jet Boat Adventure

RM220

Strap on your life jacket and prepare to be soaked on the whitewater ride of a lifetime as you raft the world-famous Lachine rapids of the Saint Lawrence River on a specially-designed jet boat.

Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets
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Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets

RM68

Take in Montreal's natural setting and urban landmarks from the 46th floor with a visit to the Observatoire Place Ville Marie. Stand 600 feet (185 meters) above the city in this emblematic, cross-shaped skyscraper's 360 observation deck, the perfect vantage point for admiring unobstructed views of the Quebec’s largest metropolis.

Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour
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Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour

RM185

As you begin your tour through Old Montreal, stroll past boutiques, museums, and basilicas while you admire the character, architecture, and charm of this city. While you meander through Notre-Dame Basilica, marvel at the stained-glass windows that paint a picture of Montreal's religious history.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Montreal

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How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

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