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What to Do in Montreal: Must See Attractions

Montreal Attractions

Outside of Paris, Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in the world, which is highly reflected by the culture of the city. Named by Monocle Magazine as "Canada's Cultural Capital," there is no shortage of things to do in Montreal. The downtown area is particularly noted for the vibrancy provided by its many festivals.

Sports lovers can get their hockey fix by attending local games featuring the city's ice hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens.

The Montreal city limits include over 50 National Historic Sites of Canada, and many of these old buildings remain in their original forum. Whether you're visiting the city as a tourist or on business, Old Montreal is a must see destination. Featuring 19th century architecture, cobbled streets and rides on horse drawn carriages, Old Montreal is one of the most enthralling attractions in Montreal - no matter what time of year you visit.

Obtain a map of Old Montreal and familiarize yourself with the city, if you want to discover the city on your own. Alternatively, you can count on Expedia for offering you access to tours to suit your tour taste. On of the top Montreal excursions is a tour of the city's churches. Even though it's commonly referred to as the City of a Hundred Steeples, Montreal has far more than 100 churches of architectural merit within its city limits. Even if you aren’t exactly an architecture or history buff, Montreal tours of the old churches provide you with an excellent way to spend a few hours while during your visit.

Here at Expedia, we can help you find the best deals on Montreal activities as well as assist you in finding the best places to stay during your visit. Whether you are looking for the top spots to have romantic dinners for two or are anticipating bringing the entire family for a vacation, we can help you plan your trip so everything goes smoothly and all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time in the enchanting city of Montreal.

Things to Do in Montreal with Kids

Montreal is a superb destination for a family getaway. Take the little ones along and enjoy these family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Montreal

Leave your purse in the hotel. It's easy to occupy yourself in Montreal without surrendering a cent.

Grevin Museum Montreal - Chock-full of fascinating displays and objects, this place is a paradise for inquiring minds.

Fonderie Darling - Spend a little time here and enjoy an insight into the artistic and cultural side of the region.

Bird and Flower Sanctuary - See for yourself why animal lovers enjoy spending time here.

Seaway Park - If you'd like to ramp up the fun factor on your escape, this is a good place to start.

Jean-Paul Riopelle Square - Architecture lovers will no doubt enjoy admiring the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Place Bonaventure - Roam around this historic place and find out a few secrets from the past.

The Underground City - Saunter down the streets and appreciate the vibe of this vibrant local hangout.

Lac des Castors - Shut your eyes and draw a deep breath — nothing tops being close to the water for some peace and relaxation.

United States Consulate General Montréal - If you want to see some of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth visiting.

St. Patrick's Basilica - No matter what you believe in, this place will invoke a sense of reverence in you.

Mount Royal Chalet - Appreciate the contrast between city life and nature's wonders at this stunning location.

Place du Canada - Grab your blanket, pack some food and find a shady area to relish Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Montreal

Downtown Montreal

Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

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Old Montreal

Once surrounded by ramparts, this historic area within Montreal city now shines as one of the oldest and best preserved urban centers in North America. 

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Plateau Mont Royal

Home to artists, students and bohemians of all types, this borough is Montreal’s creative and countercultural haven. 

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Gay Village

Eat, drink and party in this lively center of Montréal’s cuisine and nightlife. See why the city’s gay district is thought to be one of the largest in the world.

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Ville-Marie

From the old port up to the mountain in a park, Montreal’s historic center is rich in beauty and bustling with activity.

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Saint-Laurent

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Saint-Laurent. If sightseeing is on the list, CAE is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Cote Vertu Station or College Station to see more of the area.

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Montreal Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Montreal

This playlist highlights all the great artists that make Montreal one of the world’s most musical cities.

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How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

From the cobblestones of Old Montreal to the fashionable shops of Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal offers an unforgettable getaway.

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The best festivals in Montreal

Partying at festivals in Montreal

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Skiing near Montreal

Shredding the slopes of the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal

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Eat your heart out in Montreal

Where to chow in the City of Saints

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Montreal on a sunny day?

What to do in Montreal on a rainy day?

With excellent indoor activities like an Ottawa private day tour from Montreal to keep you amused, there's no need to let the wet weather stop you from having fun.

What is Montreal famous for?

No vacation in Montreal is truly complete without touring Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory.

What should I not miss in Montreal?

Don't venture home without crossing off the following fantastic sights:

  • Bell Centre
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Montreal Biodome
  • Montreal Botanical Garden

What can you do in Montreal for free?

Your getaway in Montreal needn't send you broke with free things like these to enjoy:

  • Saint Joseph's Oratory
  • University of Montreal
  • Mount Royal Park
  • Concordia University Loyola Campus