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What to see, what to do Montreal?

The 10 good reasons to go Montreal

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Wide open spaces nearby

To stretch your legs in the forest or in the mountains, a stone's throw from the metropolis.

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A top culinary destination

With renowned chefs, flavours from around the world, numerous food trucks and tutti quanti.

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A real cultural melting pot

As a land of immigration, ethnic diversity is on the agenda in Montreal

The other North America...

The mixture of Anglo-Saxon and European culture is absolutely fascinating.

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Festivities without downtime

A city famous for its countless festivals, one is never bored, even at -30°C

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Sporting discoveries

It's not easy to follow the puck on the ice, on the bar screen or at the arena.

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Discoveries by bike

The city lends itself very well to bicycle travel and offers beautiful bicycle paths.

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The ultimate winter experience

To experience a "real" winter at least once in your life.

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Inclusion

Tolerance and open-mindedness reign supreme in this welcoming city.

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A surprising architecture

The industrial buildings stand side by side with posh, typical residences and modern towers

What to visit Montreal?

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Montreal's must-see attractions

Montreal, the sweet asleep that never sleeps! Fourth French city of the world, it is the only city in Canada that has been able to mix the influences of the Old Continent with North American modernity. Founded in 1642 on the location of the Amerindian village of Hochelaga, the city of Montreal is a historic site in the colonization of North America by France and the main French city of America. Rich in the mix of immigration waves with more ...

Interview

Interview: My Montreal

By Laurine Dura, author of the Petit Futé guide

Laurine has a passion for all things food (with a real obsession for dumplings), is always up for long bike rides, loves discovering new microbreweries and can spend hours browsing flea markets. When she arrived in Montreal for her studies, it was obviously love at first sight and it never faded away

See the video of the interview

Good to know to visit Montreal

Timetable Timetable

In urban centres, such as Montréal, points of interest are generally open year-round, with a restricted schedule outside the summer season (e.g., closed on Mondays). However, in the regions, they are often seasonal, with an opening period that runs from May to October. If they are open every day during the summer, the schedule is often reduced from Patriots' Day (Monday preceding May 25) to June 24 and from Labour Day (1st Monday in September) to Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October).

To be booked To be booked

Reservations are rarely necessary, except for guided tours, workshops and special activities, or immersive shows such as Aura at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal and Tonga Lumina in Tremblant (Laurentians). If the point of interest requires transportation, such as a shuttle bus, it is best to reserve a seat on board. Note that some points of interest also offer lodging on site, often experiential. In this case, it is strongly advised to book your package in advance.

Budget & Tips Budget & Tips

The adult rate is usually between $10 and $25 CDN for admission. Discounts are almost always offered to children, students and seniors, or even free admission. For example, access to national parks and national historic sites is always free for those under 18 years of age. Several points of interest are also entirely free, some requiring a voluntary contribution. To make the most of Montréal's attractions, three passports are a great way to save big. First of all, the Montréal Museums Passes, which offer three packages, with or without public transit passes, to discover the city's museum institutions. There's also the MTL Passport, which allows you to visit up to 28 must-see attractions in a 2 or 3-day package, including public transit. And if you plan to study in Montréal, find out more about the MTL International Student Passport.

Note: The MTL Passport is available in French only;

Main events Main events

Countless festivals take place every year in Montreal, with themes as varied as homemade beer, blues music, African and Creole cinema, comedy and circus arts. Among the main and most famous is Igloofest, a huge outdoor electro music event held in the middle of winter. In summer, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Osheaga attract the world's greatest singers and musicians. And we couldn't pass over in silence the Formula 1 race taking place at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

Guided tours Guided tours

All kinds of guided tours are offered in Montreal, from traditional city tours by bus to helicopter flights over the metropolis and cruises on the St. Lawrence River. Themes for all tastes are also part of the offer: a tour of craft breweries, gourmet stops in an emerging neighbourhood, a "haunted" walk by lantern-light, a historical tour with characters in period clothing, a local discovery tour with a greeter, etc. The choice is yours!

Smokers Smokers

Whether on a guided tour or in a museum, smoking is not permitted. Outdoor points of interest, such as interpretive sites and national parks, often have smoking areas.

Tourist traps Tourist traps

If you are taking a guided tour in Montréal, make sure your guide is properly accredited and has a city permit (this must always be visible while performing his or her duties). Guides have completed a mandatory training program recognized by the Ministère du tourisme and the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec. This ensures the quality and truthfulness of the information transmitted during the visits.

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