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Things to do in Montréal

Logo-APM-couleurs.pngArt public Montréal

Art Public Montréal is an initiative of the City of Montréal to bring together the owners of public artworks on display in the Montréal area. Over 1,000 works of public art by nearly 500 professional artists, both from Québec and abroad, are located across the Island of Montréal. Art Public Montréal offers a variety of opportunities to visit and discover these works.


PlageQuaiHorloge_534x534.jpgOld 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. 
© Old Port of Montréal


© The Jacques Cartier and Champlain bridges incorporatedJacques-Cartier Bridge | Living Connections

Since May 17, 2017, Montreal’s iconic Jacques-Cartier Bridge is bathed in pulsing, interactive lighting activated in real time. The bridge’s illumination changes colour and intensity depending on the season of the year and the spirit of the city (e.g., the light patterns might shine more brightly after a Montreal Canadiens victory). Living Connections is an ever-evolving data-responsive light installation, engineered “to reflect the digital pulse of the city.” #illuminationMTL
© The Jacques Cartier and Champlain bridges incorporated


La Grande roue de MontrealLa Grande roue de Montreal

This 60-metre observation wheel is the tallest in Canada and equipped with 42 luxurious, top-of-the-line, climatecontrolled cabins. Hop on board and appreciate panoramic views of the city, the St. Lawrence River, and, on occasion, fireworks display. Open 365 days a year.
© La Grande roue de Montreal


© Cité mémoire - Eva BlueCité Mémoire | Montréal en Histoires
An enchanting historic walk down memory lane, Cité Mémoire transforms Old Montréal into a giant, metaphorical open-air museum. The work—which consists of some 20 video projections on trees, walls, the
ground, you name it—takes place all over the old city and invites passersby to meet some of the characters who’ve shaped Montréal since its 1642 inception.
© Cité mémoire - Eva Blue


© Moment FactoryNotre-Dame Basilica

A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. The magnificent interior in wood and the boldly modern design of the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel, captivate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculptures, and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history. The immersive light and sound show experience AURA takes you through an exploration of an unexpected and stunning universe.
© Moment Factory


Pointe-a-Calliere, Caroline BergeronPointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex

On the very spot where the city was founded, this museum tells the archeological story of Montréal from the 14th century to today. Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site, offers visitors the opportunity to explore an original underground circuit leading through archaeological excavations starting with Indigenous settlements. At the start of their visit, an immersive multimedia show presents a high-speed view of the city’s history, the remains come to life and the count down begins! For Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, the Museum restored the Collector Sewer, the first of its kind to be built in Canada, which provides an underground connection between the Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion and the main building.
© Pointe-a-Calliere, Caroline Bergeron

Souterrains_534x534.jpgRÉSO – the underground “city”

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, 8 metro stations as well as train and bus stations. 
© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin


2626-Credit FR -® Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Christine Guest-EN Credit -® The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Christine Guest.jpgThe Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

The MMFA’s innovative temporary exhibitions combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion and design) and are circulated to museums around the world. Its encyclopedic collection, which is on display in five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art (including an appreciable selection of Inuit art). The new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is devoted to international art and education. Humanist, socially engaged, and inclusive, it embodies the MMFA’s fundamental values. The complex is also home to an acclaimed concert hall graced with unparalleled acoustics and 20 Tiffany stained glass windows. Outside in the sculpture garden are works from the modern era to the present day. 
© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin


© Observatoire Place Ville Marie

A unique experience downtown from more than 185 meters above ground, the Observatoire Place Ville Marie is open year-round and offers exceptional 360-degree views of the city and its main attractions. It is also home to a large, heated outdoor patio that moves to the rhythm of festivals, as well as Les Enfants Terribles, the bistronomic brasserie that has the distinction of being the most elevated restaurant in town. 
© Cimon Parent


ParcJeanDrapeau_534x534.jpgParc Jean-Drapeau

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 and a mosaic of waterways and verdant spaces where Montréalers come to relax and picnic.
© Parc Jean-Drapeau, Denis Labine


Casino_534x534.jpgCasino de Montréal

Located in the former France and Québec pavilions built for Expo 67, the Casino de Montréal is an entertainment hotspot for those who love games of chance. Come enjoy a safe, fun-filled experience at one of the world’s biggest casinos, and choose from a selection of games that’s practically unrivalled in North America. Book your visit online to get priority access ( Guests must be 18 or older.
© Casino de Montréal



Mount Royal Park

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 and for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities. This splendid woodland is a haven for birds, crisscrossed by walking trails and featuring lookouts that offer superb views of Montréal.
© Les amis de la montagne / S. Montigné, 2008


©  Andre JodoinThis majestic structure, with its impressive

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.

© Andre Jodoin

ParcOlympique_534x534.jpgMontréal Tower | Olympic Park

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.
© Tourisme Montréal, Mathieu Dupuis

Tourisme Montréal - Marie Deschene

Space for Life

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.
©Tourisme Montréal - Marie Deschene

Biodome 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.
*Please note that the Biodome is closed for renovations until the end of the summer 2019.