Montréal is a beautiful city renowned for its international flavour and inspiring diversity.
Located on an island in the St. Lawrence River, it is home to approximately 1.6 million residents and the largest bilingual workforce in Canada. It is the largest French-speaking city outside France and a perfect blend of European energy and North American efficiency. One of the world’s top convention cities, there’s something for everyone here.
You’ll find a friendly population, world-famous gastronomy, and an atmosphere of celebration!
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Things to do in Montréal
Montréal is an exciting urban centre with countless things to see and do. In this vibrant and welcoming city, change is always in the air and there’s a surprise waiting around every corner.
As historic and grand as it is, Old Montréal teems with contemporary life among antique beauty, stunning architecture and epic views. The lively main boulevards and quietly charming cobblestone side streets meet at the intersection between times old and new, modern boutiques and gourmet bistros tucked in buildings nearly four centuries old. Explore the cathedrals, chateaus and cobblestone streets for a remarkable look at Montréal’s noble history from the time of colonial New France, then relax and people-watch in a setting backed by the stunning vistas of the St. Lawrence. Whether it’s your first visit or tenth return, Old Montréal’s showstoppers are a definite must.
The name “Underground City” refers to the vast network of pedestrian walkways below the streets of downtown Montréal. In total, 33 kilometres (20,5 miles) of passageways connect the subway system with hotels, shops, museums, universities and skyscrapers. Indeed, more than a pathway from point A to B, RÉSO (“network” in French) is a destination in itself. Within the network you can find a segment of the Berlin Wall, a stained-glass wall devoted to the musical history of Montréal and hundreds of other works of art. In the winter months, an annual 5K running race takes place in the corridors.
You’ll be surprised what you might discover!
Mount Royal is our backyard, an urban mountain and sprawling park that's our solace and our inspiration. This gentle giant in the city offers a relaxing escape for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, families and anyone who just wants to take a breather. Go all the way to the top for stunning views of the city and countryside beyond from the belvedere viewpoint.
This immense entertainment space and home to our beloved “Habs” is one of Montréal’s major cultural nerve centres.
Since its inauguration in 1996 under the name Molson Centre, the Centre Bell has been Montréal’s prime venue for entertainment and sports events.
Home of the NHL Montréal Canadiens Hockey Club, the Bell Centre has been designed to seat more than 21,000 sports enthusiasts. It is also a venue for rock concerts, classical music performances and family entertainment.
The complex is located in the downtown core on the street befittingly named, Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal.
Casino de Montreal
The Casino de Montréal has been serving up glitz, glamour, fine-dining and entertainment since 1993, in the architectural jewel that once housed the French Pavilion at Expo 67. The Casino de Montréal has something for everyone, from live concerts to restaurants for all tastes.
Space for life
The five Space for Life museums are the largest nature science museum complex in Canada. Through their conservation, research, education and dissemination activities, these institutions bring humans closer to nature and act to protect biodiversity.
Through its communication, conservation, research and education activities, Montréal Space for Life guides human beings towards a fuller experience of nature. This mission is carried out for more than 2 million people who visit the museums it groups together. Biodôme, Biosphère, Jardin botanique, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan offers a variety of programming year-round and is the largest natural science museum complex in Canada.