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Attractions



A world of culture beckons just outside of our Golden Square Mile hotel. 

Stunning architecture, a diverse culinary scene, breathtaking natural settings and a cultural calendar that fills the year are just some of what make Montreal a must-visit destination. At our luxury hotel in the Golden Square Mile, guests enjoy easy access to the most popular attractions in Montreal, including the Biodome, Montreal Old Port, Mount-Royal Park, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal and Rue Saint Denis. Home to a diversity of cultures from around the world, Montreal offers an array of culinary experiences and a street style that rivals that of London, New York or Paris. Allow our concierge to arrange tickets to an evening of music at Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, tickets to the Grand Prix F1 of Canada or a tour of the Montreal Botanical Garden. 


Cultural

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall – Bourgie Hall – featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows.
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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The Maison symphonique de Montréal is the new home of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a must do when you come to the city. Get comfortably seated and let the show begin!
Notre-Dame Basilica
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Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city.
Biodôme
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An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas:the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter;the Laurentian Maple Forest, changing with the seasons;the Gulf of St. Lawrence;and the Subpolar Regions of the Americas: Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands.The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life,” shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems.When the Biodôme opened in 1992, its “ecosystem” concept was a world first. Twenty years later, this systemic approach still has no equal in the faithful and complex way in which it represents the natural environment (its “rocks,” climates, lighting, etc.) and how both the animal species themselves and the animal and plant species interact.Our commitment to protecting the environmentThe Biodôme, just like the other Space for Life institutions (the Botanical Garden, Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium), aims to raise individual and collective awareness about the need to get involved in protecting our natural heritage. It carries out its mission through educational, conservation, research and outreach efforts.
Saint-Joseph Oratory
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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal is the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. You must come visit our treasures like the votive chapel containing 10,000 lights and votive candles, our marvelous museum with a permanent exhibit of hundreds of creches from around the world, the Chapel of Brother Andre built in 1904, the heart of Brother Andre, our spectacular gardens containing the Way of Cross, the Crypt Church and the majestic Basilica.
Planetarium
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For over 45 years, the Montréal Planetarium shared its passion for the sky and stars with its visitors, young and old. Today, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, located close to the Biodôme, offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy.Its arrival marks a defining moment in the consolidation of the Space for Life, the world’s first ever site dedicated to both human beings and nature. Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada.With its bold design, the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium incorporates the strictest sustainable development criteria. It uses cutting-edge technology to create a unique experience of the universe through two complementary shows – one focused on science, the other more whimsical. Its exhibition, Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe, enriches this cosmic journey.A true pioneer in the field, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium redefines the very essence of planetariums through its original and innovative approach to astronomy.Get ready for an unforgettable experience!
Montreal Botanical Garden
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The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frédéric Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it’s also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown Montréal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the globe.Associated with the Montréal Botanical Garden, the Insectarium welcomes you to discover the world of insects. Have a nice visit!
McCord Museum
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The McCord Museum is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America (more than 1.4 million artefacts), consisting of First Peoples objects, costumes and textiles, photographs, decorative and visual artworks, and textual archives. It produces exciting exhibitions that engage visitors by offering them a contemporary look at the world.

Festivals & Events

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Bell Center
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Since its inauguration in 1996 under the name Molson Centre, the Centre Bell remains the centre stage for entertainment and business events in Montreal.

Every year, the home of the Montreal Canadiens attracts more than 1 million spectators to their hockey games, while 650,000 people walk through the doors to watch over 120 shows, for a total of 1.5 million spectators.

The Centre Bell incorporates cutting-edge technology to ensure the perfect ambience when it comes to sound, comfort, catering and otherwise for any event, whatever its magnitude.

Whether it's attending a Canadiens' game, a concert with a world famous artist or a family show, the Centre Bell is clearly at the top of anyone's venue list. Furthermore, the Centre Bell is the perfect place for corporate gatherings and receptions of any kind.
Montréal en Lumière
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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1 300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!
Les FrancoFolies de Montréal
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Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world!

Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program!

Let’s tell it like it is: Montreal is the place to let loose!
International Jazz Festival of Montréal
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Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
F1 Grand Prix
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It's not just about the race. It's about a whole city coming alive with excitement! People arriving to Montreal from every part of the globe with one common objective - to get the most out of their 72 hours! Grand Prix Week with the Jet Set in Montreal is where it all begins. GrandPrixMontreal.com is the one-stop directory for tourists or locals planning to spend the F1 Grand Prix week in Montreal. It is the only of its kind for Montreal's grand prix. On this site viewers gain direct access to everything 'HOT' in Montreal: stores, restaurants and clubs!
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival
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Since 2006, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. With its numerous outdoor stages located at parc Jean-Drapeau on Montreal’s Saint Helen’s Island, Osheaga attracts 120 000 music lovers from North America and Europe each year. A huge celebration dedicated to music and visual arts, Osheaga has given itself the objective of discovering local and national emerging talent offering them the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest international artists in the business including: Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Weezer and Eminem.
Rogers Cup
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Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a prestigious professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. Since 1881 for the men and 1892 for the women, the best players in the world have showcased their skills on Canadian courts. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories than this major Canadian stop, which is acknowledged by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the Tour. Classified as a Premier 5 event on the WTA calendar, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank offers over US $3 million in prize money and attracts the biggest stars in tennis year after year.
L’International des feux
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L’International des Feux Loto-Québec features eight pyromusical shows that have all the ingredients to light up the Montreal sky. The eight featured firms choose original and bold themes for their respective shows, making each performance totally unique.

Must Dos

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Old Montreal Port
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The Old Port of Montreal is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the country with more than 50 activities and 6 millions visitors every year!
La Ronde Amusement Park
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La Ronde is Eastern Canada’s largest amusement park. The facility, which opened as part of Expo ’67, today offers some 40 rides and attractions, including the Goliath, one of North America’s highest and fastest roller coasters, and Le Pays de Ribambelle, an exciting and enchanting family area.
Olympic Park
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This huge park, originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, includes the home stadium of the Montreal Expos, the Botanical Garden and the Biodome.
Jean Drapeau Park
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Located to the east of the city, this small picturesque island is a popular recreation spot.
Parc Jean-Drapeau
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The unique parc Jean-Drapeau, renowned for its diverse cultural and sports programming, is the perfect place for family, couples and friends getaways, only 5 minutes from downtown Montreal!
Mont-Royal Park
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Referred to as "the mountain" by locals, this 764-foot mountain provides excellent view of the city and is a popular recreation spot.
Old Montreal
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Vieux-Montréal is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved vibrant "old towns" this side of Europe. This is a key component in what makes Montreal, "the truly different North American city". A diverse and tolerant-to-all world city, Montreal is safe, cultural, cosmopolitan and proud of its French legacy, especially its language.
Bonsecours Market
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A famous market until 1963, this structure now houses various offices of the city government.
Palais des Congrès
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The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a convention center located in the Quartier international de Montréal at the north end of Old Montreal in Montreal's borough of Ville-Marie.
Jean Talon Market
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It is a European farm market with a few permanent stands for fully-cooked food or take out. Get there early to avoid the crowds and bring your appetite, as there is plenty to try and taste, inlcuding freebies. The best way to get there is on the orange metro line. Get off at the Jean-Talon metro station, then walk two or so blocks to the west and look for signs that say 'Marché Jean-Talon'. Or just follow the locals with their empty pull carts. Bring cash, as most vendors don't accept credit cards, unless it's a permanent store front.