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Meet our friendly Tourist Information Centre staff

You’re in Montréal for the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations and you’re looking to plan your stay? Look no further: the friendly staff at the Tourist Information Centre is the perfect welcoming committee. Here to help locals as well as out-of-towners, the intrepid Tourist Information Centre crew aim to serve. They’ll even come to you in May, when they’ll be biking throughout Old Montréal on the lookout for travellers to advise! Each crew member is a perfect representation of Montréal’s rich diversity, and they all know the city’s ins and outs like the back of their hand, including hot happenings, cool cafés, great restaurants, shows not to be missed and shops to drop for – not to mention absolutely everything to do with the 375th. Best of all, they can tell you about is all in six languages. Meet some of the crew: Carmen Montufar Carmen grew up in Mile End and is passionate about foreign languages and music. She’s an expert on the local food scene and loves hanging around the food trucks that gather at all of Montréal’s big festivals. What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out? “Mile End! There’s so much to discover, whether it’s… / Read More →

Quirky spots in Montréal

Montréal may be known for its historic past steeped in tradition, but it also has a reputation for being a bold, even irreverent place. You can see all these sides of the city in the endless activities going on in every neighbourhood. Whether you’re into the arts, entertainment, food or fresh air, Montréal will show you a rollicking good time! Here are 11 Montréal activities that you didn’t see coming. If you make any of them part of your trip, share your experiences on Instagram with the #mtlmoments hashtag! Une publication partagée par Arcade MTL (@arcade_mtl) le 19 Avril 2016 à 11h47 PDT Arcade MTL Arcade MTL takes you back to 1980s arcades, without the cringeworthy hair and clothing! Seven bucks buys you access to the video games of your youth and about 20 arcade machines. In other words, you can leave your change at home! Order a delicious cocktail or one of the many microbrews, and post up at Ms. Pac-Man, Super Contra, Tetris or another old favourite. Will you beat the record? Une publication partagée par Elise Høgberg (@elisehogberg) le 4 Mars 2017 à 8h58 PST The Wiggle Room This burlesque cabaret draped in red velvet captures the… / Read More →

Extreme sports lovers, Montréal has got you covered this winter!

There’s nothing more extreme than winter in Montréal, and we celebrate every minute of it with epic sporting events ¬– especially this year, during the city’s 375th anniversary. On produit Motoneige MTL Xtrem pour @375mtl ! Les 4&5 février 2017 au coin de la rue Union et Ste-Catherine 👊🏼❄️ BE READY !!! Photo par @maximeriendeauphoto Athlète: Pier-Luc Trépanier #motoneige #freestyle #snowmobile #yay #xtrem #mtl #downtown #375mtl #hivernales Une photo publiée par Tribu Expérientiel (@tribuexperientiel) le 14 Déc. 2016 à 14h37 PST Snowmobiles gone wild For one of the most unbelievable experiences you’re ever likely to see, look no further than the premiere of Motoneige MTL Xtrem, where world snowmobiling champions perform jaw-dropping aerial tricks right here in downtown Montréal. It happens on February 4 and 5 at Square Philips – don’t miss it! Mountains of fun Montréal’s most cherished feature, Mount Royal, is a four-season playground in the heart of the city that’s bursting with activities year-round. Explore its every nook and cranny with Les amis de la montagne, who guide snowshoe expeditions, tobogganing outings, hiking tours or skating days, all against a stunning snowy backdrop. Hier je ridais un fou p.i.m.p. vélo pour le tournage de la publicité de… / Read More →

MTLàTABLE sets the table in every Montréal neighbourhood

Everybody knows that Montréal neighbourhoods are singular destinations, each with their own personality. Explore them on foot or by bike and you’ll constantly find a new beat, fresh vibe and renewed creativity. Now that MTLàTABLE is happening, why not head to the four corners of the city to discover new attractions, new charm and—of course—new restaurants. To whet your appetite, hop on this guided tour! Downtown Montréal’s business and cultural centre is located due south of Mount Royal. It’s home to one of Canada’s busiest commercial arteries, Sainte-Catherine Street, so consider doing some shop-cercising before dinner. Your culinary journey begins at Pullman, the equally beautiful and scrumptious wine bar, then it takes you toward the skyscrapers to sample the fine fare at Decca 77 or the Italian cuisine at Fiorellino Snack Bar – Ristorante. Your other option is to aim high with the chic brasserie-style menu at Enfants Terribles (Au Sommet Place Ville Marie). To see all participating restaurants in the downtown area, click here. Mount royal, Outremont and Westmount Welcome to the posh end of town, where the grass really is greener. Feast your eyes on spectacular Victorian homes, verdant alleyways, manicured gardens and ubiquitous good taste. Nothing’s too… / Read More →

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal tells it on the mountain

Once a year, for five muscle-burning, perspiration-pouring hours, many of the world’s elite cyclists – competitors in the Tour de France, the Summer Olympics and the like – bring peak athletic performance to the peak of Mount Royal for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. For its seventh edition this year, 17 World Teams, three Professional Continental Teams and one Canadian National Team – comprised of 168 of the best cyclists on the planet – will converge on Montréal, September 10-11, for one of only two Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour races in North America. (The other takes place in Québec City on September 9). In other words, it’s a big deal. Organizers describe the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal as a key strategic race for the development of elite cycling on this side of the Atlantic, showcasing road racing for North Americans. Among the many notable peddling pros competing this year will be Québec City and Montréal Grands Prix Cyclistes (GPCQM) defending champions Rigoberto Uran, Tim Wellens and Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews. Montréal’s 12.1 km Grand Prix Cycliste race course winds in and around Mount Royal Park on the city’s iconic Mount Royal. And while… / Read More →

Go green: an eco-friendly stay in Montréal

Montréal, a green city? Absolutely! Discover our top 10 for a totally green stay. Catch some Zzzzzzzzzs Enjoy sweet dreams at either one of these choice establishments whose souci for the environment is always at the heart of things. At the pretty Cœur Urbain B&B, certified by Terroir et Saveurs du Québec, choose from five chic and refined rooms that boast green touches like bedding and towels made from organic cotton. You can wake up to gourmet breakfasts of homemade and local products in this lovely early-1920s building too. For a more downtown design experience, book at the Alt Hotel, in the industrial-chic neighbourhood of Griffintown, for its buoyant mix of flashy colour and environmentally responsible construction. For more options, check out Tourisme Montréal’s selection of sustainable accommodations. Enjoy the city’s culinary scene When it comes to dining, new Québec cuisine gets glowing reviews for its farm-to-table goodness. Tourisme Montréal teamed up with specialized publishing firm VIATAO to create a list of “green” restaurants in Montréal, based on its environmental criteria as well as social, economic and cultural factors. Our top picks from this list include Le St-Urbain, Pastaga and H4C, exquisite eateries that employ exceptional practices. Pamper yourself A… / Read More →

Free things to do in Montréal this spring

There’s always something going on in Montréal whether the snow is falling or melting, and while many of those things come with a cost, all kinds of them don’t! We’ve got you covered for things to do in Montréal for free with friends, kids or on your own – from the first day of spring to the last. Free for the family Energetic kids can swing and make music at the same time on the 21 Swings art installation right downtown on De Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts starting April 11, and if you’re here on May 20 skip over to Parc Hydro-Québec for the Grand Pique-nique Urbain for parents-and-kids yoga and more free activities. Curious kids will love the hands-on Eurêka Festival, featuring over 100 thought-provoking demonstrations, workshops, performances, magic shows and more, outdoors in the Old Port, June 10 to 12. Delve into Québec’s varied history, art and culture with a museums pass, taking advantage of the fact that kids 12 and under have free admission at many of the city’s major museums and galleries, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (which hosts several workshops and tours for kids and where admission to the permanent collections… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 19 to 25

Montréal’s downtown sparkles with free entertainment this week at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, while indoors you can go butterfly spotting, play games at the games festival, watch hockey, and see stars of dance, theatre, film, art and live music shine. Snowy celebrations Montréal’s biggest family-friendly festival of the season is in full swing: MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s free outdoor site fills downtown’s Place des Festivals with music, multimedia shows, ice slides, a Ferris wheel, fabulous food and more, while the festival’s indoor performances highlight musical performances and theatre – let our MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE SURVIVAL GUIDE lead the way. Go for a scenic skate next to the Saint-Lawrence River at the Bonsecours Basin ice skating rink in the Old Port and at the Village MAMMOUTH at the Olympic Park Esplanade. Talk a walk through nature right in the city in Mount Royal, La Fontaine and Jean-Drapeau parks. And make it all easier with these Montreal-specific apps. Indoor activities Spring is truly in the air at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event at the Space For Life (also home to the Biodôme, Insectarium and Planetarium) – this year butterflies share the spotlight with furry caterpillars. Game lovers of all ages can play board games,… / Read More →

Your Spring Break guide to eating, drinking and partying, Montréal-style

Spring Break amazingness? You can have it all in Montréal. With its 3 a.m. closing hours, drinking age of 18 and hugely depreciated dollar (the whole city is basically a 30% off sale), Montréal is a win-win-win Spring Break party proposition. Let the following be your guide to doing it up right. Eats and pre-drinks There are those of us who would argue that the eating and pre-drinks portion of the evening is the most critical phase: not only are you laying a base for the remainder of the evening, you’re setting the tone. If you’re starting out on the Plateau Mont-Royal, imaginative hipster magnet and oyster/cocktail bar Le Majestique is all eye candy and killer cuisine. Fab fun food and drinks are also the raison d’être of L’Gros Luxe (Caesars topped with hamburgers, ’nuff said), and Big in Japan’s delectable small plate menu and vibrant vibe have also made it big in Montréal. If downtown, head to Sainte-Catherine Street West for Imadake, another Japanese small plate pub with a fun bordering on raucous atmosphere (which may have something to do with their signature “sake bombs”). Dominion Square Tavern is a must if only for the beautiful 1920s setting, though the… / Read More →

Montréal winter nights are bright with activity possibilities

Nighttime is always the right time for both family fun and slightly more adult-oriented activities and entertainment in Montréal during the winter season. Gliding on ice under night skies is a sublime pastime at the Old Port’s idyllic Bonsecours Basin skating rink, a huge open-air surface renowned for its exceptional ice. It features some of the most striking views of Old Montréal and the city skyline in an extremely fun-friendly environment. Each day has a different music theme: classical Mondays, world music Tuesdays, urban sounds Wednesdays, and so on. The ice is open Monday to Wednesday until 9 pm, and Thursday to Sunday until 10 pm. Skate rentals and lockers are available. Many of Montréal’s most beautiful parks also feature night skating along with music, warming stations and/or places to eat and, er, lubricate. The picturesque Parc Lafontaine, Parc Maisonneuve and Beaver Lake on the summit of Mount Royal are all examples of top-tier blading places that typically stay open on the weekends until 10 pm. For locations, skating conditions and other info, please go here. Speaking of the mountain, Mount Royal Park is an outdoor winter sports enthusiast’s dream. In addition to skating, sledding and cross-country skiing – there… / Read More →