Montreal: what to see and do, attractions and places to visit

What to see in Montreal, one of the most exclusive cities of Canada, tips on what to do and attractions not to be missed.

Montreal Attractions

At the first visit, the tourists never fail to be amazed by Montreal where the spoken language is French, the buildings are old and large, the atmosphere is distinctly European exception in short compared to the other cities of North America! Montreal combines old world charm and warm with the energy underground, the warmth of a small town with the friendliness transmitted by his people very friendly and upbeat.

In Montreal there are many restaurants where you can eat well, culinary events are organized throughout the year and in the public markets you can taste delicious regional specialties such as crepes and fried calamari. The central zone is on a human and you can easily move from one point to another of the city taking advantage of the highly efficient public transport.

You can do the carriage rides or horse-drawn carriage along the St. Lawrence River in the historic center or stroll quietly exploring this fabulous city.

What to do in Montreal

Museum of Natural Science
Major museum of its kind in Canada, Space for Life, offers several attractions. The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium housed in a building with two silver cones pointing skyward as telescopes, the Theatre of Chaos, where visitors can travel in space, a symphony by Philip Glass as background music. The planetarium also contains a permanent exhibition of meteorites and interactive terminals, video games and multimedia. Also in this place you can also learn about the flora and fauna of five different ecosystems, ammierare ‘s Insectarium, which offers a varied collection of insects and butterflies, and the Botanical Garden, which covers an area of 73 hectares including a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden and a Tree House for displaying information on the forests of Quebec.

Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal)
Located near the St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal is the place where was the original walled city. The buildings and streets have been carefully restored. The area is full, during the summer, tourists come to stroll along the cobblestone streets, boutiques and restaurants to visit or just to enjoy the joy of life among the street performers and cafes in the former air market of Jacques -Cartier. A horse-drawn carriage ride is a romantic way to visit these places.

Vieux-Port (Old Port)
The old harbor was once considered one of the most important trading ports in North America. Today, after the majority of transport activities have been moved to the valley, this area has become a recreational area full of walkers, cyclists and skaters long walks in the stretch along the river that runs from the clock tower to the Park Des Ecluses.

Montreal Science Centre
King Edward Pier, is a center of science and entertainment oriented experience for families, which includes exhibitions, interactive video games on a giant screen and an Imax cinema.

Centre Canadien d’Architecture (CCA)
This place should be seen both in its exterior architecture that for the fascinating temporary exhibitions on buildings, architects and architectural movements that take place inside. Peter Rose is the designer of the modern while Melvin Charney is the creator of the garden sculptures behind the museum.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)
Since it was established in 1860, this museum has been at the forefront of the promotion of Canadian and international. The permanent collection is divided between the original historic Beaux-Arts and the post-modern structure which displays European masters, prints, drawings and decorative arts. In the tunnel connecting the pavilions are galleries exhibiting contemporary Canadian artists and a small collection of ancient cultures. In 2000, the museum received the Liliane and David M.Stewart Collection as a gift, which includes about 5,000 objects of decorative art dating from the period from the late 1930s onwards. The museum is also often used to host exceptional temporary exhibitions.

St-Joseph Oratory (Oratorio di San Giuseppe)
Located on the northwest side of Mount Royal, Joe Place is a magnificent Roman Catholic basilica that was begun in 1924 by Brother Andrew, a famous healer, and completed in 1967, after his death. The dome, with its 97 meters high, is one of the largest in the world, worth a visit is the votive chapel and the crypt.

Parc Olympique (Olympic Park)
The Olympic Park was the place where the Olympics were held in 1976. The exclusive and expensive Olympic Stadium is now a venue for concerts and a sports center with four large pools. Guided tours of an hour are available for guests who can also take a funicular to climb the tallest inclined tower in the world with its 175m high. Nearby, the ‘former velodrome has become an important and extremely popular attraction while the Biodome de Montreal is a reproduction of five ecosystems under one roof, where visitors can move through a tropical rainforest to a polar world, with stops in a Laurentian forest and marine environment along the way.

Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours
Built in 1771, this is the oldest church in the city, contains original Édouard Meloche frescoes and has a small museum dedicated to the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the first Santa of Canada. The tower offers a beautiful view of the harbor and surrounding streets.

Galerie René Blouin
In this gallery are works by contemporary artists who are passionate Canadian scholars and art critics.

Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
Located in the west of Old Montreal, Pointe-à-Callière is the museum which recount the history of Montreal from its earliest days using high display technology installed in the stunningly modern Eperon, where there are archaeological remains.

Montreal Science Centre
This place is very popular for families, offers a constantly renewed exhibitions and interactive programs for learning, special events and fun activities. There is also an Imax cinema to entertain the little ones.

Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal (Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art)
Adjacent to the Place des Arts, this museum is the only one in Canada dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. A small sculpture garden makes it a quiet place where you can take a break resting.

Parc Jean Drapeau
The largest park in Montreal that includes two islands, Ile Sainte-Helene and Ile Notre-Dame, was the site of Expo 67, a World’s Fair held in this city. Today, the islands are a great place to explore on foot or by bicycle. Half of Île Sainte-Hélène is occupied by the amusement park La Ronde. In the remainder of the island is the Museum where Stewart is remembered the martial history of the region with costumed guides and re-enactments. On Sunday, in the summer, takes place a hedonistic party with outdoor dance to the music selected by the best international DJs.