Montreal has been the most populous municipality in the region of Quebec and Canada’s second-populated municipality. Founded in 1642 named as “City of Mary” or “Ville-Marie“, it is called after Mount Royal, the heart of the city’s triple-peaked hill. The city is based on Montreal Island, whose name derives from the same origin as the city of Montreal. Montreal’s city occupies about three-fourths of Montreal Island and a few much smaller nearby islands, Île Bizard being the largest of these. This has a distinctive continental climate with four seasons with mild to hot summers, and cool, snowy winters.
Just walking the streets of Montreal is an experience, especially the historic center known as Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), which provides a window into the city’s rich history with its cobblestone streets and architectural styles ranging from the 16th century to the present.
Top activities in montreal
- Mount Royal
Mont-Royal Park is the mesmerizing park, located near the center of the city. Established at 233 meters above the city, this lovely park makes you witness the monuments of Jacques Cartier and King George IV. One can glance at the serene western slopes of the city where the ethnic groups from different backgrounds, rested in peace for centuries.
Mont-Royal Park also displays the panoramic vistas of the entire Île de Montréal and the St. Lawrence from a location that makes you fall in love with the city. If you are going here on a clear day, then you can also view the enormous Adirondack Mountains in the USA.
Location: Remembrance Rd, Montreal, QC
Entry Fee: No Fee
Timings: 6:00 AM-12:00 AM
- Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica is the oldest church in Montreal that was founded in the year 1656. This church attracts wanderers from across the world with its intricately designed interior. This stunning church also houses the stained glass chronicling the history of Montreal. It is the home to the magnificent carving of popular sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert. You can take a 20-minute tour offered by the organizers to witness the amazing collection of this church.
Location: 110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC
Entry Fee: No charge
Timings: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Vieux-Montreal is also known as Old Montreal that features remarkable building dating from the late 17th, 18th, and 19th century. This place will give you an amazing feel of Parisian-style quarter with its exclusive location having a beautiful waterfront. If you are heading to Old Montreal then prefer strolling there on foot to avoid traffic. Out of numerous popular attractions here, don’t miss out on visiting the Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history, and the Old Port before moving to your next destination.
Location: Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y8, Canada
Entry Fee: No charge
Timings: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
- Jardin Botanique
Jardin Botanique is the mesmerizing botanical garden that will make you fall in love with Montreal. It is home to 30 themed gardens and over 10 exhibition greenhouses. The outdoor gardens of Jardin Botanique include the astounding Japanese and Chinese gardens. One can even check out the rare toxic plants here and their existence in the natural habitat.
This place also exhibits the gorgeous collection of different species of roses. Another surprise of this garden is the greenhouses that contains a tropical rainforest, bonsai, ferns, and orchids.
Location: 4101 Sherbrooke St. E, Montreal, Quebec
Entry Fee: INR 1131
Timings: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
- Oratoire Saint-Joseph
Oratoire Saint-Joseph is located near the west exit of Mount Royal Park and is dedicated to the patron saint of Canada. This mecca for travelers features an enormous Renaissance-style dome that dates back to the year 1924. Earlier in 1904, brother André of the Congrégation de Sainte-Croix established a small chapel here and performed healing practices for the sufferers. This place gives you a chance to witness his belongings and lifestyle.
Location: 3800 Queen Mary, Montréal, Québec
Entry Fee: INR 270
Timings: 6:00 AM-9:00 PM
- Parc Jean Drapeau
Parc Jean Drapeau is a perfect place to be explored with family. This remnant of the 1967 world fair, is a beautiful museum that is dedicated to ecological issues. Its huge building is designed in the shape of a sphere and is believed to be the largest structure of its kind. Don’t forget to visit La Ronde Amusement Park, Stewart Museum, Bassin Olympique, and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on your excursion to Parc Jean Drapeau. Undoubtedly, Parc Jean Drapeau is one of the best places to visit in Montreal, showcasing a completely unique experience to its guests.
Location: Ville-Marie, Montreal, Quebec
Entry Fee: INR 320
Timings: 6:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Musée des Beaux-Arts
It is the oldest museum in Canada and houses the huge collections of paintings and sculptures. Musée des Beaux-Arts purveys an outstanding collection of World cultures and dynamic archaeology of the Mediterranean. You will witness over 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures here, including the exclusive masterpieces by Veronese, Canaletto, El Greco, Mantegna, Poussin, Rembrandt, Goya, Gainsborough, Tiepolo, and Pieter Bruegel the Younger. The beautiful art collection at Musée des Beaux-Arts will remind you of the Golden era of the Dutch Age.
Location: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, Québec
Entry Fee: INR 350
Timings: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM (Sunday closed)