Our Top 10 Montreal Recommendations
Here are our favourite things to see and do in Montreal.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.
Old Montreal and the old port area offers close access to some of the most historical areas within the city including walking tours that can cover the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Bon-Secours market and more famous sites.
Old Montreal and the old port area also offers close access to some of the most historical areas within the city including walking tours that can cover the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Bon-Secours market and more famous sites. Going through these areas with an experienced guide can help to make sure that nothing is missed and you can truly learn the accurate history of the area.
A Significant Landmark In Montreal
The Notre-Dame Basilica is the most important monument of Old Montreal and one of Quebec’s landmark churches. Not only that, it is one of the finest churches in North America. Designed by Irish architect James O’Donnell, The Notre-Dame Basilica features a Neo-Gothic style. Furthermore, this magnificent Gothic basilica, which opened in 1829, is home to a fascinating medieval-style interior with walnut wood carvings. Also, it contains the largest Casavant Brothers organ in North America.
Some call it a Hill, some call it a Mountain.
Whatever your opinion is on our Mont Royal, you have to acknowledge the beauty of it and the special look it gives to Montreal. It is among the most representative symbols of our city and wherever you are in Montreal, you can see Mount Royal dominates us all.
This is a must go place from which your view over Montreal will be more than satisfactory as Mount Royal offers several belvederes: could it be on the steep downtown on the south or the Olympic stadium on the east side, you will be more than amazed by the beauty of Montreal and its architectural diversity. You can see how the city plunges into the Saint Lawrence River, how the intense lighting coming from the large buildings and street illumination at night provides such a cosy ambiance.
In summer, enjoy the green touch that takes the city ; autumn get astonished by its indian summer orange and red colors ; winter brings its nuance of black and white ; and spring reveals the city to the eye of the visitor after several weeks spent under a mantle of snow.
Botanical garden, insectarium, olympic stadium, biodome, planetarium.
At only few metro stations from Downtown, and dominated by the majestic Olympic Stadium Tower, come and discover several amazing attractions for the whole family.
Perfect for a rainy day as well as a sunny afternoon : most attraction are indoor, except for the garden.
Once upon a time, in 1962, was erected the Ville_Marie tower, one of the most iconic tower in Montreal.
With the apparition of this tall building came the creation of the underground Montreal city.
This is in 1966, with the opening of the Metro of Montreal, that were created other tunnels connecting Bonaventure train station, Chateau Champlain hotel, the Canada plaza tower, Bonaventure plaza, the central train station and the amazing Windsor station. The is the heart of the underground city.
Despite the amazing underground network that protects the Montrealers from the harsh winter weather when they connect from their trains to their job offices, the underground city displays a myriad of shops. the diversity of shops and commerces can make you live a full day without going outside : cinema, haircut salons, spas, restaurants, clothing, electronics, universities, art theaters, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes. All this constitutes the greatest covered shopping mall in the world.
If you ask anyone in or outside Canada what makes that country different from other nations, it doesn’t usually take long for hockey to emerge as something that seems characteristically Canadian.
Canada’s greatest and most wide reaching export, hockey cannot be ignored in Canada, whether one appreciates the game or not. There are outdoor and indoor rinks in every community across the country; there is year-round media coverage of hockey; most Canadians alive at the time can tell you where they were when Paul Henderson scored the winning goal to beat Russia in the Canada/Soviet series; a hockey scene figures prominently on the back of the five-dollar bill; and, when asked in 2004 to come up with a list of the ten greatest Canadians of all time, millions of Canadians polled put both Wayne Gretzky and Don Cherry in the top 10. “Hockey,” writes novelist David Adams Richards, “is where we’ve gotten it right”.
Montreal boasts some world class museums that any visitor or local should check out. With the changing exhibitions, you’ll always have a reason to keep going back!
There’s nothing like learning some new facts and taking in some art on a leisurely Sunday afternoon spent at a Montreal museum. Museums are especially great for escaping a rainy day or taking advantage of their air conditioning.
Check the Montreal Museum Website below for the complete list of Montreal Museum with all the latest exhibition.
9. Sainte Catherine Street
This is the place for shopping in Montreal. THe street in in the heart of downtowwn Montreal and is connected wiht the underground city.
It crosses the central business district from west to east, beginning at the corner of Claremont Avenue and de Maisonneuve Boulevard in the city of Westmount, traversing the borough of Ville-Marie, and ending on Notre-Dame Street just east of Viau Street in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
The street runs parallel to the largest segments of Montreal’s underground city. The series of interconnected office tower basements and shopping complexes that make up this main thoroughfare lie immediately north of the street.
Educational institutions located on or near the street include Concordia University, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Dawson College and LaSalle College.
10. Out of Town
If you’re visiting Montreal – one of Canada’s great cities – and have the time, explore some of the Quebec province just outside Montreal city borders. You’ll find beautiful parks, charming towns, agricultural destinations and more.
From the Mont-Tremblant Village in the Laurentide to the Whales Watching in Tadoussac, take some time to explore the province. Don’t miss the Eastern Township or the Historical City of Quebec.
If you like cycling or hicking, you will find a large variety of trails.
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