What to do in Montreal

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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.

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What to do in Montreal

Free Things to Do in Montreal

A trip to Montreal need not blow your budget. You won't have to spend a penny if you check out:

Grevin Museum Montreal - Check if there are any special displays or tours on at this museum.

Fonderie Darling - This is a must-do for culture vultures looking to add an artistic touch to their vacation.

Bird and Flower Sanctuary - Get up close to the animal world and maybe even learn a thing or two.

Seaway Park - You'll love this place if you're in the mood to live it up and have some fun.

Jean-Paul Riopelle Square - Architecture connoisseur or not, you're certain to be wowed by this landmark's modernistic design.

Place Bonaventure - Get educated on some of the unique history of the region through this attraction.

The Underground City - Wander down the streets and get lost in the vibe of this bustling location.

Lac des Castors - Take things at a slower pace and spend a bit of time relaxing close to the water.

United States Consulate General Montréal - Speak to a few locals and discover why many tourists visit this place.

St. Patrick's Basilica - Get a better understanding of the local faith at this place of worship.

Mount Royal Chalet - Bring your camera and let nature spark a sense of awe in you.

Place du Canada - Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by spending time with Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Montreal with Kids

Montreal is a terrific destination for a family vacation. Take the kids along and enjoy these popular family friendly experiences together:


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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?
Have a go at one or two of these enticing indoor activities and you’ll quickly forget about the wet weather:

What is Montreal famous for?
Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph’s Oratory should be at the top of your itinerary in Montreal.
What should I not miss in Montreal?
Don’t go home without ticking off the following list of fantastic sights:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Montreal?
What can you do in Montreal for free?
You could store your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these terrific attractions won’t cost you a penny:

  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory
  • Mount Royal Park
  • University of Montreal
  • Biosphere

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