Old Montréal and the Old Port
Explore the birthplace of a great metropolis in the Americas, founded in 1642.
Old Montréal is the perfect place for a trip back in time. The old cobbled streets, witnesses to the city’s origins, are today lined with art galleries, shops and elegant buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Old Port, meanwhile, is where skaters, cyclists, runners and families gather, in summer as well as winter.
110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Métro Place-d’Armes
With its sculpted wood interior, paintings, sculptures and stained glass windows, this church is a true jewel in Montréal’s religious-heritage crown.
A masterwork of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. Inside, a wealth of artworks illustrate the history of the parish and of Montréal society. Evenings, don’t miss the sound-and-light show that recounts the founding of Montréal and the Basilica.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
350, place Royale
On the very spot where the city was founded, this museum tells the archeological story of Montréal from the 14th century to today.
A national historic site, Pointe-à-Callière is a chance to discover such riches as Native artifacts, the city’s first Catholic cemetery, its first marketplace, while the multimedia show brings the city’s past to life in a whole new light.
Spread out beneath the downtown core are 33 km of connecting passageways, plazas and meeting places: Montréal’s underground city.
Some 500,000 people use this extensive pedestrian network every day. It is home to about 2,000 retail outlets and 200 restaurants. The network also connects to 10 major hotels, museums, concert halls, university campuses, eight métro stations as well as train and bus stations.
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
This major museum is home to one of the richest, most encyclopedic permanent collections in all of North America.
Temporary exhibitions at the MMFA showcase an original blend of diverse arts disciplines: fine arts, music, cinema, fashion and design. The year 2011 marked the opening of a new wing devoted to Québec and Canadian art, and a concert hall incorporating a collection of rare Tiffany stained glass.
A mosaic of waterways and verdant spaces where Montréalers come to relax and picnic.
Spanning two islands, Parc Jean-Drapeau offers a multitude of activities and plays host to a variety of festivals and events all year long. Île Sainte-Hélène is home to the La Ronde amusement park as well as the Biosphere and the Stewart Museum, while Île Notre-Dame, with its 25 km of paved trails, is a favoured destination for cyclists.
Casino de Montréal
1, avenue du Casino
Métro Jean-Drapeau, 777 bus
Your ticket to great entertainment with gaming tables, slot machines, and fine dining all under the same roof.
With nearly 100 game tables and some 3,000 slot machines, Montréal’s casino offers up one of the most varied gaming experiences in North America. It is home to bars with sleek modern design as well as four restaurants with stunning views of the city.
Mount Royal Park
Parc du Mont-Royal
Métro Mont-Royal, 11 bus
This splendid woodland is a haven for birds, crisscrossed by walking trails and featuring lookouts that offer superb views of Montréal.
Inaugurated in 1876, Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also gave the world New York’s Central Park. It is an ideal place to admire a wide variety of plants and birds, and for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal
3800, chemin Queen-Mary
This majestic structure, with its impressive dome, attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
Perched on the slopes of Mount Royal, the sanctuary of Saint Joseph’s Oratory is one of the world’s most-visited pilgrimage sites. The imposing edifice, topped by a 97-metre dome, contrasts sharply with the slight stature of its founder, Saint André of Montréal (formerly Brother André), the humble doorkeeper who inspired its construction in 1904.
Montréal Tower / Olympic Park
4141, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin (Parking : 3200, rue Viau)
This architectural marvel includes the tallest inclined tower in the world along with its Sports Centre.
Built to host the 1976 Summer Games, Olympic Park has become the international symbol of the city of Montréal. Ride the funicular to the top of the Montréal Tower for unmatched views of the city and surrounding area. Or check out the Sports Centre, which houses seven pools and a multi-sport facility.
Space for Life
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Four institutions form a place where nature and science are honoured, and visitors can better understand, and learn to protect, our planet’s biodiversity.
Montreal Botanical Garden: A magnificent 75-hectare oasis where some 22,000 plant species and cultivars flourish in various themed gardens. Biodôme de Montréal: An impressively realistic life-size re-creation of five of the most picturesque ecosystems in the Americas. Montréal Insectarium: The fascinating world of insects is revealed in this collection of thousands of living and naturalized specimens. Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium: The cosmos is unveiled in all its splendour under the huge dome of the Théâtre des étoiles.