Montréal is a city to fall in love with: delicious food, beautiful architecture, festivals, events and winter sports are just a few of the reasons visitors love this Canadian city. Historic buildings share space with modern skyscrapers, with European and North American culture living side by side; there’s also tons to see and do in the Quebecois city, and with plenty of cheap flights departing from the US, it’s the perfect choice for our destination of the week!
- Population: 4 million
- Annual rainfall: 39.4″
- Best time to go: Montréal is best explored by foot, so the warmer months of the year are a great time to visit. Summer sees increased footfall, meaning more crowds and higher hotel prices, but the city also comes alive with outdoor terraces and open air festivals, making it a great time to experience Montreal at its best. The shoulder season (April, May and October) means a more affordable trip, and while weather can be unpredictable, if you’re lucky you’ll catch the city beginning to bloom in Spring, or painted in fall colors.
Things To See And Do In Montréal
Enjoy the food
Montréal is packed with culinary delights and enjoys a reputation as a foodie city, with great places to eat on every corner. Among the city’s famous dishes, try a smoked meat sandwich; enjoy a Montréal style bagel (boiled in honey-sweetened water); and don’t leave without tasting poutine, a Canadian classic of fries, gravy and cheese. Trust us: it tastes a whole lot better than it looks!
Explore Old Montreal
Montreal’s oldest area, Old Montreal is full of charm and history. Best explored by foot, there’s plenty to see and do in this part of the city, with tons of historic monuments to visit alongside markets, restaurants and pretty cobblestone streets. Visit the stunning Basilique Notre Dame, with its impressive exterior and decorative stained glass windows; take a walk down Saint-Paul Street to indulge in some souvenir shopping; and check out the Bonsecours Market, Montréal’s oldest public market.
Visit A Museum
Montreal is home to plenty of interesting museums, so if you’re looking for a dose of culture on your trip to the Canadian city, you won’t have to look far! Art fans should head to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts or the Musée d’art contemporain; the McCord Museum is a great option for those wanting to learn more about Montréal’s history; while the Montréal Biodome is a fascinating experience, with four ecosystems available for visitors to explore, from the Tropical Rainforest to the Sub-Antarctic Islands.
Check Out The View
For stunning panoramic views of Montréal, visitors have a number of options. Head to Mount Royal Park for a taste of nature in the city and an awesome view from the top of the park; the Montréal Tower is the world’s tallest inclined tower and allows for breath taking vistas over the city; while Au Sommet’s 360 degree observation deck, found on the building’s 46th floor, is not to be missed.