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MontrealCanada

The City of a Hundred Steeples charms with its French identity, year-round festivals, and one of the most lovingly preserved historic city centers in North America.

Montreal is a proudly French city. It began as a French fur trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even the way the city looks and feels is often described as Parisian. Montreal’s colorful townhouses, bohemian lifestyle and love of dining and the arts all mirror the French capital. Check out the cafés and bookstores of Plateau-Mont-Royal in the city’s northeast for the purest taste of Montreal’s Parisian spirit.

Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montreal has historically been a wealthy trade city and much of the city’s elegant architecture was built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches like Notre-Dame Basilica, where Celine Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Head for the glistening silver dome of the Bonsecours Market, which was built to show off the city’s grandeur to visitors. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, which is the largest subsurface complex in the world.

Montreal is a city of festivals and features a year-round calendar that peaks in the summer months. Festivals dedicated to jazz, fireworks and stand-up comedy annually attract millions of visitors from across the world. Many are held in the Quartier des Spectacles among the skyscrapers of Downtown. Thanks to Montreal’s world-class concert halls and outdoor stages, many of these festivals are considered the best of their kind.

Montreal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Quebec, only 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the U.S. border. The city rests on an island between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies with a hill at its center, called Mount Royal.

Though Montreal is spread wide across the island, an excellent public transportation system makes it easy to navigate without a car. The metro is the most convenient option, with 68 stations throughout the city and cheap visitor deals like three-day or weekend passes available. Montreal’s creativity is clear even on the metro: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style, so the metro is as vibrant as the city itself.

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Where to stay in Montreal

Downtown Montreal featuring a city, a square or plaza and art

Downtown Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,189 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Montreal. Check out top attractions like Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Bell Centre, and jump on the metro at Peel Station or McGill Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica which includes interior views, religious elements and a church or cathedral

Old Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,366 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and acclaimed art galleries are just a few highlights of Old Montreal. Make a stop by Old Port of Montreal or Old Port while you're exploring the area.

Old Montreal
Plateau Mont Royal showing street scenes, shopping and a city

Plateau Mont Royal

4.5/5Wonderful!(161 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and cafés, there's plenty to explore in Plateau Mont Royal. Top attractions like Mount Royal Park and The Underground City are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Mont Royal Station or Laurier Station to see more of the city.

Plateau Mont Royal
Gay Village which includes street scenes, outdoor eating and cafe lifestyle

Gay Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Take time in Gay Village to visit attractions like Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Pierre Apotre Church. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Beaudry Station to see more of the city.

Gay Village
Mount Royal Park which includes a high rise building, views and cbd

Ville-Marie

4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Ville-Marie. Top attractions like Old Port of Montreal and Old Port are major draws. Catch the metro at Champ-de-Mars Station or Place d'Armes Station to see more of the city.

Ville-Marie
Beautiful sky sunny windy day

Saint-Laurent

3.5/5Good!(186 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Saint-Laurent. If sightseeing is on the list, CAE is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Cote Vertu Station or College Station to see more of the area.

Saint-Laurent

Top Hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥10,458 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre, and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,104 reviews)

"Always a good experience but the bartender Dennis definitely made our trip with exceptional service :)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥18,207 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Located in Ville-Marie, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre, Bell Centre, and Notre Dame Basilica. University of Montreal and Saint Joseph's ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (805 reviews)

"Beautiful property nicely located with great staff. Also the bar is great."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Hotel Birks Montreal
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
3.5 out of 5
7655 Decarie boulevard, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥9,662 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal, and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine ...

4.2/5Excellent! (948 reviews)

"Hotel very clean and felt very safe during Covid. All precautions are being taken , the rooms are not even cleaned by staff. Bathrooms nice and clean. Comfortable bed and good location . Free parking .Staff very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Hôtel Ruby Foo's

Popular places to visit in Montreal

Bell Centre
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Bell Centre

4.5/5(487 reviews)

Catch an event at Bell Centre during your trip to Montreal. Experience the acclaimed art scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Old Port of Montreal
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Old Port of Montreal

4.5/5(1,527 reviews)

Historic architecture, modern attractions and an exciting calendar of festivals make it impossible to get bored at this lively and scenic riverfront space.

McGill University
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McGill University

4.5/5(576 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to McGill University, a well-known college in Montreal. Visit the shops and stunning cathedral in this vibrant area.

Notre Dame Basilica
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Notre Dame Basilica

4.5/5(2,011 reviews)

The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.

Montreal Casino
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Montreal Casino

4/5(182 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Montreal Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Montreal? Experience the acclaimed art scene and lively festivals in this vibrant area.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

4/5(413 reviews)

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Top things to do in Montreal

Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal
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Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal

¥8,400
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Guided Flavors & Aromas Walking Tour of Old Montreal
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Guided Flavors & Aromas Walking Tour of Old Montreal

¥5,559
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets
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Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets

¥1,735
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Montreal Old Port Zipline
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Montreal Old Port Zipline

¥1,369
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Noshes & Nibbles: Jewish Neighborhood Food & Walking Tour
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Noshes & Nibbles: Jewish Neighborhood Food & Walking Tour

¥7,941
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Montreal-Style Bagel Making Workshop!
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Montreal-Style Bagel Making Workshop!

¥6,237
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Montreal

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2437
5 - Excellent 62.04175152749491%
4 - Good
1236
4 - Good 31.466395112016293%
3 - Okay
221
3 - Okay 5.626272912423625%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 0.7128309572301426%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.15274949083503056%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2020

Best place to be

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2020

My favorite town !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Beautiful and secure place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

The city is huge and it’s busy. Not a whole lot of places to go close by.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

We love Montreal. It is a livable city and fun to visit. PAID SICK LEAVE for Marriott hotel workers will make it more likely that we will return to this hotel once the PANDEMIC is resolved.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Friendly, easy to get around. Beautiful architecture. Inexpensive. Diverse. Great food. Extremely gay-friendly.