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City Breaks in Montreal

For cheap city breaks Montreal, the capital of French-speaking Quebec, is becoming an increasingly popular choice. This elegant Canadian city is situated on a river island and surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. With excellent transport links, it's the perfect destination for lovers of jazz, electronica and the arts as the host of the International Jazz Festival, or science buffs can test their knowledge in one of the many museums. Whether you're looking for a fun family holiday or a relaxed city break you're spoilt for choice with what to do in Montreal.

Montreal Facts & Figures

  • Montreal is the fourth largest French-speaking city in the world.
  • Its name comes from Mount Royal, a triple-peaked mountain at the heart of the city. Why not rent a bike and take your family for a ride up the mountain for a fantastic view of the Quebec city.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono's infamous bed-in took place in Montreal's Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
  • The annual Montreal International Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and best in the world, boasting over 450 free events with 3000 artists.

Must-see landmarks on Montreal City Breaks

  • The Habitat-67 housing complex was created for the Expo-67 and remains one of the Quebec city's most standout landmarks.
  • Notre Dame Basilica is a Gothic Revival cathedral found in the Old Town where you can stare at the incredible architecture. The Notre Dame Basilica is best explored in the summertime.
  • The Montreal Bio-dome, located at the Olympic Park is a stunning glass construction which replicates the four major ecosystems of the Americas.
  • Mount Royal Park is one of the most expansive green spaces in the city and is home to the  Mount Royal Monument. Local government rules stipulate that no building can be taller than the top of this structure. 

What to do in Montreal

During the warm, but short, summer locals make the most of it by putting on a constant stream of al fresco concerts and shows. The La Ronde Theme park found at nearby St. Helen's Island is an essential part of all Montreal City breaks for thrill-seeking families. 

For wintery cheap city breaks Montreal is the perfect choice during the colder months. Festive Christmas Markets fill the Old Port where you can browse freely before taking a craft beer tour or cosying up by the fire in one of the brewpubs. Also popular during winter is skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, which can be enjoyed at a number of outdoor activity centres and slopes that are found within easy reach of the city.  

Music is the heartbeat of Montreal and the best nights revolve around it, especially jazz which can be found everywhere from large municipal venues to small underground clubs and lounges. Indie music is also popular in Montreal and numerous small venues give stage time to emerging talent. 

Eating out in Montreal

Arguably one of the hottest destinations for foodies in the whole of North America. Local cuisine was historically influenced by French, Italian and Jewish settlers and includes dishes such as Poutine (fries top with cheese curd and gravy), smoked meat, pizza and bagels. However, Montreal's' modern food scene also embraces newer waves of immigration and it has become a hub for Haitian and Jamaican food.