Travel back into the past with a stroll through Old Montreal and enjoy some of the city’s most historic sights and innovative attractions. The remarkable architecture of the Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and the cobblestone roads of St-Paul Street give insight into the rich history and influence left behind by British and French colonial rule. In addition to being a centre for historic sights, Old Montreal is also home to many modern attractions such as the Montreal Science Centre, MTL Zipline and SOS Labryinthe, a life-sized maze adventure.
Mount Royal Park is one of the largest green spaces in Montreal, covering 280 hectares and boasting beautiful vantage points that overlook the entire city. In the summer, the mountain fills up with hikers, picnics and group gatherings, such as the weekly drum circles of the Tam-Tams every Sunday at the George-Étienne Cartier Monument. Winter activities are abundant as well and include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and outdoor skating at Beaver Lake. A hike up to the Mount Royal Summit is always an amazing experience regardless of the season, as it boasts one of the most amazing views of the city.
Events and Festivals
Igloofest is an outdoor music festival that takes place during the peak of winter and attracts thousands of people each year. Festival goers brave the cold to see performances from renowned artists such as Kaytranada, Bonobo and Oliver Heldens. The festival is set to return in January with Diplo as a headliner. Summertime in Montreal attracts visitors from all over the country, thanks to an unbelievable line-up of events including Montreal Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs, and Osheaga. Piknic Électronik is a major attraction and an electronic music festival that takes place every Sunday. The La Ronde Fireworks Show is another must-see and is on display twice a week all summer long.
When it comes to food, Montreal is extremely well-known for its smoked meat. Schwartz’s Deli is one of the most popular spots for tourists. However, a lesser-known but equally as iconic and delicious smoked meat sandwich can be found at Snowden Deli on Decarie Boulevard.
As Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada, the food scene here has a lot to offer. When it comes to fine dining, the selections are endless. Bouillon Bilk, located just north of China town, offers a small but highly refined menu in a sophisticated yet welcoming environment. Hungry for steak? Head over to Moishes Steakhouse on St Laurent Boulevard – a true Montreal establishment that has been serving some of the city’s best steaks for over 80 years. For a more casual affair, venture over to Côte-des-Neiges for one of Montreal’s best Vietnamese Pho spots at Pho lien.
This city makes things easy for partygoers, since many of Montreal’s most popular nightlife locations are all located within walking distance of each other along Saint Laurent Boulevard. Keeping with the common theme in Montreal, there is something for everyone; Irish pubs, trendy nightclubs and casual restaurant bars. Among the many options, Big in Japan Bar is a stand-out. Easily one of Montreal’s most beautiful bars, Big in Japan Bar offers a truly unique ambience complete with candlelight, bottles of fine Japanese whiskey hanging from the ceiling, and highly professional yet friendly service, not to mention they serve some of the city’s best tuna tataki.
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