The second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, Montreal (in the Canadian province of Quebec) is known for its superb cuisine, vibrant nightlife, colourful festivals and cultural diversity. It has a rich colonial history and is a cosmopolitan hub of international trade. Montreal’s landmarks, museums, nightclubs, parks, shopping districts and galleries provide ample opportunities for exploration and entertainment.
Old Montreal is one of the most popular spots in the city, and with good reason. It is a cobblestoned district lined with boutiques, galleries and restaurants, all housed among well-preserved buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the Notre-Dame Basilica and Château Ramezay. Other neighbourhoods worth exploring include the Plateau, Mile End, Little Italy and Griffintown and a trip to Mont-Royal Park, one of the city’s largest green spaces, will reward the visitor with stunning views.
There are numerous museums and galleries in Montreal, some of which are dedicated to Canadian history and art. Carefully curated temporary and permanent exhibitions make venues like the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts well worth a visit.
Montreal is a haven for great shopping. With a huge selection of high-end and vintage boutiques, department stores, flea markets and shopping malls, there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. With over 32 kilometres of underground tunnels connecting office towers, hotels, universities and more, it is possible to shop for weeks without ever seeing the light of day!
Known to have one of the most varied selections of cuisine in North America, Montreal offers a fantastic choice of dining options. From five-star restaurants and carefully prepared dishes from around the world to legendary local diners and street-side food trucks, Montreal offers one-of-a-kind experiences for all tastes. Be sure to try poutine, a delicious Canadian dish that originated in the Quebec province.
Montreal is world-famous for its nightlife, offering a vast array of bars and clubs to choose from (many of which play host to sporting events). However, there is much more to nightlife in Montreal: as one of the largest cities in Canada, there are plenty of well-known performers (and not-so-well-known musicians) playing around the city on any given night. In winter, you can also catch a game of ice hockey when the local team, the Montreal Canadiens, plays at The Bell Centre.
For those wishing to extend their stay in Canada and maybe explore a little further afield, there’s a great choice of places to visit. Sports fans might like to go skiing or dogsledding at Mont-Tremblant while city lovers can visit Ottawa or Quebec City, both within easy reach of Montreal on public transport.
Montreal is an exhilarating, multi-cultural city that has much to offer its visitors.