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SEE & DO: OLD MONTRÉAL

SEE & DO: OLD MONTRÉAL

Architecture and cobbled streets have been restored to preserve the look of this 17th century city in its earliest days as a settlement.

SEE: NOTRE-DAME BASILICA OF MONTRÉAL

SEE: NOTRE-DAME BASILICA OF MONTRÉAL

Built between 1824 and 1829, this architectural wonder exhibits paintings, sculptures, and stained-glass windows which vividly illustrate biblical passages and parish history.

SEE & DO: MONTRÉAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

SEE & DO: MONTRÉAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Explore a remarkably diverse array of plants, themed gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses.

SEE & DO: RIDEAU CANAL - UNESCO

SEE & DO: RIDEAU CANAL - UNESCO

Opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States, the canal remains in use today for pleasure boating, with most of its original structures intact. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SEE ST. JOSEPH'S ORATORY OF MOUNT ROYAL

SEE ST. JOSEPH'S ORATORY OF MOUNT ROYAL

Daily guided tours allow visitors to experience more than one hundred years of history, culture, and developments at the largest shrine in the world dedicated to Saint Joseph.

STAY: SOFITEL MONTRÉAL GOLDEN MILE

STAY: SOFITEL MONTRÉAL GOLDEN MILE

Enjoy the masterful blend of minimalist design and warm sophistication at this luxury hotel embellished with Victorian accents from the estate of North American railroad pioneer William Cornelius Van Horne.

STAY: RITZ-CARLTON MONTRÉAL

STAY: RITZ-CARLTON MONTRÉAL

A luxury hotel that blends modern technology with historic charm, located in a neighborhood which includes the Golden Square Mile, high-end boutiques, galleries and museums.

STAY: HÔTEL NELLIGAN

STAY: HÔTEL NELLIGAN

A prime example of polished, urban living, with luxurious amenities in lavish rooms, suites and penthouses that pair modern, boutique comforts with classic stone walls dating back over a century.

STAY: FAIRMONT TREMBLANT

STAY: FAIRMONT TREMBLANT

A year-round playground nestled in the heart of a scenic village at the foot of the Laurentian mountain. The Fairmont Tremblant is the only ‘’ski-in/ski-out’’ resort of the region, offering easy access to ski tracks or hiking trails.

SPA: HÔTEL LE CRYSTAL

SPA: HÔTEL LE CRYSTAL

Take in panoramic views of the Montréal skyline from the rooftop outdoor hot tub.

SPA: BALNEA

SPA: BALNEA

Panoramic views, walking trails and a private lake along with excellent spa facilities make this a worthwhile day trip from the city.

EAT: PARK RESTAURANT

EAT: PARK RESTAURANT

A sushi restaurant in that pairs the purity of traditional Japanese cuisine with Korean and South American flavors.

EAT: TOURTIÈRE

EAT: TOURTIÈRE

A traditional meat pie made of finely ground meat (commonly pork, beef, or veal) and spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, encased in a flaky pastry shell.

DRINKS: LA DISTILLERIE

DRINKS: LA DISTILLERIE

A fun casual bar where cocktails are served in mason jars.

DRINKS: LE LAB

DRINKS: LE LAB

Celebrated mixologists concoct a range of fancy cocktails with an entertaining flair

SHOP: NOËL ÉTERNEL

SHOP: NOËL ÉTERNEL

A year-round Christmas shop offering a multitude of collectible items. Discover delightful German nutcrackers, Russian dolls, blown glass ornaments and more. Photo By: Michel Craig | Flickr

This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, with cobblestone streets and old-world architecture, preserved to maintain its European flair.  It has a unique mix of both past and present, and blends charm with modern sophistication.  Summer festivals joyfully celebrate everything from comedy and jazz to beer and fireworks.  Skip the underground city unless taking refuge from the cold winter.  Eat poutine, wood fired bagels and raw milk cheeses that are not available south of the Canadian border.  

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BEFORE YOU GO

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GETTING AROUND

Montréal is a compact city and best explored on foot, though bikes, taxis, the métro (subway) and bus are also viable options.  During the summer, take a water shuttle from one side of the St Lawrence River to the other.  The hop-on-hop-off bus is another way to get in all the attractions.  Once you've explored all that this city has to offer, take the train to Québec City.

 
STAY

The city boasts several fine hotels, many with world-renown reputations that cater to personal whims and fancies. Since this is a walking city, pick a hotel that is central to the attractions.

 

Hôtel Le Crystal

Hotel Le St-James

Hotel Nelligan

Ritz-Carlton Montréal

Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile

 
EAT 

Traditional Montréal fare includes poutine, home-style fries, drenched in gravy, and topped with fresh cheese curds. The bagels found here are wood-fired which is different from the ones found in New York. Street vendors serve up shish taouk, which bears a striking similarity to shawarma, and Schwartz’s Montréal Hebrew Delicatessen sells a to-die-for smoked meat sandwich.  Tourtière is a traditional meat pie topped with a delicious flaky crust.  Satisfy sweet cravings, by indulging in tire sur la neige, taffy formed by pouring boiling hot maple sap directly onto fresh snow.  The raw milk cheese sold here is not available in the U.S., so definitely devour some. 

 

The city is also home to some truly fine restaurants.  Here are a few favorites.

 

Au Pied de Cochon

Dinette Triple Crown

Europea

Ferreira Café

Joe Beef

Les 400 Coups

Les Deux Singes De Montarvie

Le Vin Papillon

Maison Publique

Mezcla

Pastaga

Park Restaurant

Toqué!

 

DRINKS

Montréal has over 300 bars, clubs, and pubs set in a variety of themes.  Many of them feature expert bartenders or mixologists who will serve up some potent concoctions guaranteed to please the most discerning. 

 

Baldwin Barmacie

Big in Japan Bar

Flyjin

La Distillerie

Le Lab

Le Sainte-Élisabeth

The Emerald Hotel

The Sparrow

 
SEE & DO

A dynamic city with a rich natural, historical, artistic and architectural heritage, along with world-class events, fine museums, lush gardens and more.  Explore Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only 2 hours away.  During the winter, head up to Mont Tremblant for some exceptional skiing.

 

Just For Laughs

Montréal Botanical Gardens

Montréal Jazz Festival

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

Mount Royal

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

Old Montréal

Rideau Canal - UNESCO

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Vieux-Port de Montréal (Old Port)

Mont Tremblant

 
SPA

Spas in Montréal offer services and amenities that have a Scandinavian flair to it.  Take in the city as you soak in a rooftop hot tub or escape the hustle and bustle in secluded spas around the city, or make a day trip to Balnea for some total relaxation.

 

Balnea – Day Trip

Bota Bota

Espace Nomad Organic Spa

Hôtel Le Crystal

Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal 

Spa Eastman

Spa Le Finlandais

Strøm Spa Nordique

 
SHOP

Explore plazas along Ste-Catherine, including the Centre Eaton, Les Cours Mont-Royal, the Complexe Les Ailes and Place Montréal.  Also of interest, are the boutiques in St-Laurent Boulevard, featuring goods from local designers, and Rue Saint Paul in Old Montréal, which is a hub for artisans and artists, such as jewelers, glass blowers and apparel designers.

 

The Chabanel warehouses are located in a group of old factory buildings in northern Montréal west of Blvd St-Laurent, appealing to shoppers who enjoy the thrill of a random find at bargain prices. 

 

Montréal is also home to some of the best markets where shoppers can browse through locally sourced goods and produce.