Top Things to do in Montreal Canada
#1 in Best Places to Visit in Canada – Welcome to Paris in North America where you can find many interesting things to do. Montreal is an island city surrounded by St. Lawrence River in the province of Quebec (where the official language is French). The language, culture and city architecture is a unique mix of North America and Paris. We recommend visiting in summer unless you are in the mood for winter sports and ice festivals.
Things to do in Montreal Downtown
Downtown Montreal is the ideal place to find your accommodation. Hotels that cater to every budget are available in addition to bed and breakfast places. If you are in the mood for all round shopping St. Catherine Street is where you should go, while for boutiques and fine cuisine head to Old Montreal where you have stone road and architecture that resembles many European cities. More importantly most Montreal attractions are easily accessible from downtown.
Summer Things to do in Montreal
- Old Montreal: This part of the city comes to life in summer. Artist and street performers line the street to present shows; while flee markets offer a variety of local produce. Museums, Art galleries and local concerts are alternate options. We recommend the cruise for those who are looking for a change.
- Montreal Grand Prix: Formula 1 race brings visitors from around the world. The Peel and Crescent streets adjacent to St. Catherine are filled with Ferraris and Lamborghinis. It is 3 days of partying!
- Montreal Jazz Festival: In the last week of June and 1st week of July Montreal Jazz Festival turns the city into the melting pot of music. Local artists and musicians from around the world come and participate in a week of exciting events.
- NOTRE-DAME BASILICA: This is Montréal’s most famous historic and religious landmark. Watch the “Light and Sound” show where they take you through the history of Montreal. The church is also a hub in Old Montreal.
Things to do in Montreal in Winter
While there are not as many things to do in comparison to summer, a couple of winter festivals, winter sports in nearby townships such as Mont Tremblant and ice fishing are not few options by any standard. Moreover, Quebec City which is a 3 hour drive provides many more activities ranging from skiing, skidoos, and dog sledding to a full fledged ice hotel experience. For more fun winter activities read about things to do in Quebec City.
Things to do in Montreal with Kids
Summer: Granby Zoo (Montreal’s most visited kids attraction is open till October every year. It’s much more than a zoo with its aquatic park and rides), La Ronde (A theme park to spend the day in rides and thrills for the whole family), The Montreal Botanical Garden (collection of 20,000+ plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouses, 20+ thematic gardens – a fun place for kids and grownups), Cirque du Soleil Montreal (world famous circus that has its origin in Montreal puts up shows), Just for Laughs (a festival that promote creative humor is a event to go for kids and family) and lastly Mount Royal (Located to the west of downtown, it is in walking distance. Atop the hill is a city view, and this makes a fun trek). These are all great things to do with kids.
All Year: Montreal Biodome presents four natural ecosystems under one roof – Tropical rain forest Laurentian maple forest, Labrador coast and Sub-Antarctic islands. Kids and adults will have a good time.
Other things to do all year round
- St Joseph’s Oratory: A religious landmark, the Roman Catholic minor basilica is located on the west slope of Mount Royal in Montreal. The architecture is breathtaking and you will really feel the peace and tranquility of a religious sanctuary.
- Montreal Casino: Built in 1993, you will be surprised that it is one of the largest casinos in the world. Many levels of slot machines, table games and
- Museums in Montreal: For the art lovers, here is the list of Museums you can visit in Montreal: Canadian Centre for Architecture, McCord Museum, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Redpath Museum at the McGill University Campus.