Top things to see and do in Montreal
Bursting with European charm and sophistication, Montreal is the world’s largest French-speaking city outside of Paris. By day, you can hike up the city’s namesake Mount Royal, visit galleries and museums, or explore the maze of shops and tunnels in the underground city. By night, dine at one of hundreds of restaurants, join one of Montreal’s famous festivals, or cheer with a frenzy of fans at an ice hockey game.
OLD MONTREAL & THE OLD PORT
Discover the romance of another era. Enjoy croissants and café au lait in one of the many friendly and intimate cafés. Tour through six centuries of Montréal’s history at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum - Montréal museum of archaeology and history . The Old Port is chock-full of interesting things to do and see. At the foot of the Clock Tower, the Clock Tower beach offers a relaxing, resortlike atmosphere.
NOTRE DAME BRASILICA
A masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture built between 1824 and 1829. Its interior is of beautifully sculpted wood and gold leaf, while stained-glass windows depict biblical scenes and three-and-a-half centuries of Montréal history. Watch the 35-minute sound and light show, "And Then There Was Light", which uses cutting-edge multimedia techniques to highlight the Basilica’s historical, cultural and architectural legacy.
GRAND PRIX DU CANADA
For three days each year, Montréal is decked out in the colours of the most celebrated F1 teams as enthusiastic crowds from across the globe cheer on the greatest drivers in the world. Witness who will reach the highest step of the podium in this stunning 70-lap competition covering 4361 meters of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
Montreal is bursting with festivals throughout the year. Pyrotechnicians from nine countries display their daring talent to compete for the world's most coveted honour during the Montréal International Fireworks Competition. For lovers of all music related to jazz you've got the International Jazz Festival. Just for Laughs Festival tickles the city into a laughing frenzy with galas, street art, theatre productions, and stand-up performances.
Montreal is a shopper's paradise! From haute couture to ready-to-wear fashion, from antiques to art galleries, Montréal is a huge and eclectic shopping mecca. Check out Sainte Catherine Street, or escape the heat (or cold!) via the underground pedestrian network, home to more than 1,700 shops and several department stores.