Montréal is a fascinating mix of urban thrills and natural wonders, neatly contained in one pristine island setting. Which means that there’s something for everyone, from the adventure-seeker to the cultural purist. Take, for example, our grand museums: the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History and the Canadian Centre for Architecture regularly inspire with international-calibre exhibitions devoted to art, architecture and history.
East of downtown, the Olympic Stadium stands as a glorious reminder of the 1976 summer games. The top of the stadium tower is still the best place in town for full-blown city vistas. Nearby, is a naturalist’s paradise, made up of the Botanical Garden, a showcase for plants local and exotic, the Biodôme, home to four of the world’s ecosystems, and the Insectarium, a fascinating shrine to bugs.
Downtown Montréal, an attraction in itself, is everyone’s preferred place to be. We live and love our centre-ville, where chic boutiques, galleries and trends converge amidst an eclectic architectural medley of soaring skyscrapers, church spires and the Quartier international’s futuristic spaces.
Proof that Montrealers are as passionate about nature as they are about their urban experiences is Mount Royal, the city’s magnificent centerpiece. The mountain is everyone’s favourite spot for sports and leisure, with Saint-Joseph’s Oratory and two gorgeous hillside cemeteries great for quiet contemplation.
Step onto Old Montréal’s cobblestone streets and feel time shift, as every turn reveals a cachet of history, like the breathtaking Notre-Dame Basilica and the silver-domed Bonsecours Market. Still popular since colonial times, Place Jacque-Cartier’s summer spoils include flowered sidewalk cafés, street entertainers and artists.
Steps away, the Old Port brings you back to where it all began, at the shores of the majestic St. Lawrence River. People come here for panoramic cruises, lazy quayside promenades, and further upriver, whitewater rafting. A ferry ride take you to Parc Jean-Drapeau where you can enjoy an amusement park, exquisite gardens and the Casino de Montréal, not mention our striking city skyline.
Climb a mountain, ride rushing waters, step back in time, mix with jet-set crowds—in Montréal, everything is possible!