Best Things to Do in Montreal, Canada
When it comes to the intersection of history, liveability, culture, nature, and nightlife…Montreal is hard to beat.
Founded in 1642 as Ville-Marie, the little French fur trading outpost would eventually turn into the second-largest city in Canada, boasting 1.8 million people in the city alone. It’s been favorably compared to places like Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia.
French is still the official language of the province of Quebec, but virtually all locals will gladly converse with you in English.
Read on for the Best Things to Do in Montreal, Canada!
1. Old Montreal
The tourist hotspot of Montreal, Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal, in French) is where the French fur traders first founded the future city of Ville-Marie in 1642.
It’s in Old Montreal that you’ll find cobblestone streets, storefronts dating from the 1700s, and more sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops than you can shake a stick at. It’s really like a slice of Europe on North American soil.
2. Parc du Mont-Royal
If you’ve seen an epic photo of the Montreal skyline, there’s a 99.999% chance it was taken from the top of Mount Royal. The Belvidere offers what has to be the single best place to see the skyline in the entire city.
But that’s not all. There are miles of hiking trails that criss-cross the 764-foot hill. The winding drive up to the summit is also dotted with overlooks that offer views of different parts of the city.
1260 Remembrance Rd, Montreal, QC H3H 1A2
3. Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal
Found in Place D’Armes in Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica is a focal point of the city. Montreal itself is often called the “City of a Thousand Spires” and it’s not hard to see why.
But as impressive as the exterior is, it’s the interior that really takes your breath away.
110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T1
Plateau is a neighborhood, known as one of its trendiest. You’ll witness excellent streetlife and nightlife, and incredible food options such as Crescent Burger Bar and Notre Bouef de Grace.
5. St. Joseph’s Oratory
Situated in the enclave of Westmount, St. Joseph’s Oratory is an impressive landmark and completely free to visit!
3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, QC H3V 1H6
6. Parc Jean-Drapeau
One of the coolest parks in Montreal is located on an island in the Champlain river. The park itself is expansive, but also boasts the Biosphere, which itself contains a museum about the environment.
1 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, QC H3C 1A9
7. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
While it can be confusing to navigate for first-time visitors, the Montreal Museum of Modern Art is an awesome place to visit.
1416-40 Homewood Ave, Montreal, QC M4Y 2K2
Admission: $20 CAD ($18.50 USD)
This list just scratches the surface of what there is to do in this francophone metropolis. Have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below!
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