March 28, 2014 — Montréal is a very photogenic city: its architectural and natural beauty gives endless inspiration to both amateur and professional photographers. Here are 10 spots where you can snap truly iconic pictures of the city.
1. Mount Royal Park
The Kondiaronk Belvedere and Mont-Royal Chalet is where you’ll find the famous skyline shot, with a view stretching miles beyond the St. Lawrence River.
2. Old Port
Stroll along the historic buildings, the cubist Habitat 67, Silo #5, and the elegant Clock Tower.
3. Olympic Stadium
Pose at the medal podium at the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie-IX, with a flattering angle on the stadium in the background. A ride up the Olympic Park’s Tower will bring you to a breathtaking 360° view of the city.
4. Parc de la Cité-du-Havre
This is the absolute best place for a full-frontal shot of Montréal’s skyline and for up-close photos of Habitat 67.
5. Streets of the Mile End and Plateau Mont-Royal
Photography highlights include the bagel shops on Saint-Viateur and Fairmount Streets, countless churches, street art, colourful houses and of course the typical staircases.
6. Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden sports a remarkable array of colourful plants in its outdoor gardens and greenhouses.
7. St. Joseph’s Oratory
Capture the architectural beauty of this pilgrimage site against the greenery of Mount Royal.
8. Parc Jean-Drapeau
Parc Jean-Drapeau is covered in public art and beautiful buildings such as the Biosphere, and is another place to get a great angle of Montréal’s skyline.
9. Gay Village in the summer
Aires Libres’ pink balls cast a rosy glow on the streets below. Beaudry métro station features bold rainbow poles and is a unique part of Montréal’s vibrant gay history.
10. Quartier des Spectacles
The beating heart of Montréal’s large-scale art installations and the epicentre of the festival circuit, this area full of urban lighting effects is one of the best places to get creative with your photography.
Click here to view an interactive map of all the locations!