Holidays to Montreal
One of Canada’s most dynamic and exciting cities – Montréal is a mecca for art-lovers, a haven for foodies and a magnet for Francophiles. There is so much to see and do here that you’ll want to plan holidays to Montréal year after year.
A must-see for visitors to Montréal is the lavish Basilique Notre-Dame, a 19th-century basilica designed in a Gothic revival style. The exterior is a striking sight to behold and the interior is vividly coloured in shapes of gold and deep blue. Just as impressive is the Oratoire St-Joseph, built in the 1960s in a Renaissance style, and featuring a green dome that can be seen from nearly all parts of the city. There are a number of other impressive religious buildings to marvel at in Montréal, including the Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec and the Église St Michel. As for the secular world, other examples of architecture in the city include the beaux-arts Château Dufresne and the grand Hôtel de Ville.
The Old Port
Set beside the St Lawrence River is Vieux-Port de Montréal, a popular leisure area for both visitors and locals. An ideal location for peaceful afternoon ambles, walk around the Old Port area and you’ll see in-line skaters and an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter. Head to the north of Quai Jacques Cartier and you’ll see an impressive clock tower, built in 1922 and dedicated to sailors who gave their lives in the First World War. Also in the Old Port is the family-favourite Centre des Sciences de Montréal, an interactive exhibition that’s very popular with kids.
Montréal is home to a vibrant art scene. Whether you’re visiting one of the city’s world-class galleries or sipping on a flat white in a hip café, you’ll be surrounded by art. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal is a must-see for culture lovers, where you’ll find works by some big heavyweights including Rembrandt and Picasso. If contemporary art is more your thing, the Musée d'Art Contemporain is a great place to spend a few hours, where you’ll be able to see cutting-edge work from a range of Canadian and international artists. There’s also avant-garde work on display at Fonderie Darling, and when it comes to the performing arts, Place des Arts boasts an eclectic line-up of theatre, comedy and dance.
Kick back and relax
If the weather is nice during your stay you’ll want to stroll around one of the city’s celebrated parks. Parc du Mont Royal is a beautiful place to walk, cycle or try your hand at horse riding, while the 75-hectare Jardin Botanique has an enormous variety of plant life to enjoy. After the sun sets, make your way to one of Montréal’s cool bars and sip craft cocktails into the night. Le Cercle is a chic bar and venue where you can watch everything from international DJs to live blues music, Le Sacrilège is a popular watering hole, and La Buvette Chez Simone is a stylish wine bar that draws in the Francophone crowds.