Montreal is one of the most lively, cosmopolitan and exciting cities in Canada. It has everything from a beautiful historic downtown, to McGill, the oldest university in Canada, to music and entertainment. People who go to Montreal love the city’s atmosphere and diversity. This city’s mix of culture and science have led to some leading researchers, musicians and artists living in the city, such as recording artist John Mayor.
Anyone who enjoys a lively, energetic atmosphere, music, culture or history will love this town. It’s one of the places that has something for everyone; anyone who visits Montreal comes out saying how much they enjoy it.
Top Attractions in Montreal
Montreal is a modern city, but also an old one filled with historic buildings, museums and historic sites. Visiting this old area is a must when you are in the city and many tourists choose to take a tour by horse and buggy. This can be expensive, but is a fun touristy activity.
The Botanical Gardens in Montreal is one of the best in the world, and a highlight of any visit to the city. In this spacious and stunning public area your can view over 20,000 species of flora in the various themed and general gardens, the greenhouse and the Frederick Black Treehouse The Gardens are conveniently located in the downtown area of Montreal and are a perfect space to get away from the busy, bustling city.
Museum Of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Artes)
The Museum of Fine Arts exhibits arts and crafts from both the world’s history and from Montreal’s past and present. This isn’t just a museum for art aficionados who can appreciate the art behind random blotches of colours but for anyone with an appreciation of history and craftsmanship. The exhibits are organized by era, starting from earliest history then moving through time until they reach modern Montreal and Quebec. There is also a photography exhibit that features amazing skill and composition in this media.
Cirque De Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is based out of Montreal, and have a permanent show in town. This celebrated troupe of dancers, acrobats and contortionists from all over the world go beyond traditional circus acts and create a fusion of music and motion that defies description. They have redefined the circus act and set the stage for similar troupes to form. Come see the originals, here in Montreal. Anyone who has seen a performance of Cirque de Soleil will tell you, you must go see them when you can.
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
The Montreal Symphony is a world-class orchestra that tours the world and strives to bring the best musical talent abroad to Montreal. Their music is renowned for its quality and no matter the series playing, music lovers are sure to be impressed with the virtuosity of the performance. Check their website to see if they are playing, and their current season’s schedule and book in advance to ensure ticket availability.
If you want to get out of Montreal and take a day-trip to a stunning location, the Laurentian Mountains should be your choice. In the winter, they are excellent for skiing and other winter fun. In spring, summer and fall, cycling or hiking around their scenic trails is always a good idea. You might even see whales from your vantage point on the mountains. This is definitely the perfect place for people who want to get out in nature and explore.
This is the hill that gave Montreal its name – Mont Royal. “The Mountain,” as it is referred to by locals features a monument in honour of the founders of Montreal. The hill is 46 feet tall, and located to the west of Montreal’s Downtown. From here you can get a panoramic view of the city, hike along trails and relax in a peaceful park. It’s an excellent photography spot, so bring your camera
The Biodome features exhibits of natural history and ecology that showcase the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth. Each exhibit is one biome or habitat, and displays the animals that live in that type of environment there live animals and taxidermy figures and fossils, depending on the exhibit. It’s educational and fascinating; a perfect attraction for families.
Old Port of Montreal
The Old Port of Montreal is part of the Old City, and a great family setting. Apart from the ferry, which transports people to the town of Longueil, there are picnic area and a variety of activities for children. Travel reviewers highly recommend visiting this port. A Trip to Longueil Island by the ferry is also recommended as it is a friendly place with affordable prices and neat stores.
Quartier Des Spectacle
The Quartier des Spectacle is a one-stop entertainment and amusement centre. It features live concerts and performances, interactive games and exhibits and more! This is a great way to spend time with the family, as the range of activities will be sure to entertain the children. The amenities are also well-suited to adults who want to kick back and have fun. If you are planning to see a performance, be sure to book your ticket in advance.
Best time to visit Montreal
Tourists visit Montreal from May to September
While there are always fun events and activities in Montreal, the best time to go is between mid-spring and mid fall. Summer is the high tourist season, so mid to late spring and early fall are better to avoid crowds and high prices.
Getting here and around
There is an international airport within Montreal itself. Additionally, the VIA rail service and Greyhound coaches also come and go from Montreal. The city has ample transit such as subway, city buses and taxis. Car rental or using your own vehicle is also a practical option. Tourists can take a tour of Montreal by horse and carriage. This is likely expensive, as it is a tourist draw.