A world of culture beckons just outside of our downtown Montreal 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, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 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.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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
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!
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.
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'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.
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
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!
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.
The Montréal Impact is a professional soccer club in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Montréal en Lumière
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!
St. Patrick’s Parade
Since 1824, this parade has been celebrated every year, making it the oldest and largest after New York’s parade.
Blue Metropolis Festival
A tailor-made festival for lovers of words, celebrating the diversity of literary genres.
Festival Vues d’Afrique
Discover the best of African and Creole cinema.
Les Tams-Tams du Mont Royal
May 3 to September 27, 2015
Every Sunday, this free, unofficial festival takes place in the surrounding vast green spaces of Mount Royal Park.
An urban and trendy introduction to cocktail culture.
May 17 to September 20, 2015Website
Every Sunday, discover the best of the electronic music scene in an environment created to stimulate the senses.
Go bike Montreal Festival
The bicycle is celebrated for eight days, in one of the best cycling city in North America.
Formula 1 Grand Prix Canada
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!
FIFA Women’s world Cup
June 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 26 and 30, 2015Website
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will run from 6 June to 4 July 2015, with soccer matches to be played in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.
An international public festival celebrating creativity and democratizing urban art.
Montreal Beer Fest
A beer tasting adventure that showcase the many different flavours of beer, cider and various fine dishes.
Les FrancoFolies de Montréal
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!
Fête nationale du Québec
A welcoming and proud 180th birthday celebration among family and friends.
Montreal Jazz Festival
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!
Join enthusiastic crowds in celebration of Canada Day.
L’International des Feux Loto-Québec
July 1, 4, 15, 18, 25, 29 and August 1, 2015Website
One of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world.
Montreal Cirque Festival
Troupes and performers from near and far take the cultural metropolis by storm for a summer event not to be missed.
Festival International Nuits d’Afrique
The best music form Africa and Latin America. 500 artists from over 30 countries and activities for the whole family.
Just for Laughs Festival
The world’s largest comedy event presents over 2000 shows, of which more than 1200 are free.
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival
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.
The Color Run
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrate healthiness, happiness and individuality.
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.
The event features a Community Day, the annual Pride Parade and more fun in the Village.
Fashion & Design Festival
Street activities and special presentations that pay tribute to fashion and design.
Montreal’s Oyster is a culinary celebration centred on the most beautiful of bivalves: the oyster.
Festival du nouveau cinéma
This festival has been committed to highlight and contributing to the development of new trends in cinema and media.
Montreal’s Restaurant Week
October 29 to November 8, 2015
A 10-day gourmet event with nearly 135 participating restaurants.
Montreal by foot
From the Quays of the Old Port to Chinatown and from Little Italy to the Plateau Mont-Royal, Montrealers love to walk. In fact, this is their favorite way of exploring the city’s lively neighbourhoods, day and night.
From the downtown area, you can access the Montreal Underground Pedestrian Network, which is used by over 500,000 people daily.Underground Pedestrian Network map
Montreal by public transport or taxi
Public transport is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and in just 10 minutes you are at a museum, restaurant or in the Old Montreal. The metro can be accessed via the city’s Underground Pedestrian Network: two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. The average wait time between trains in eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour.
For more information about public transport in Montreal, please visit www.stm.info
If you prefer getting around by taxi, it is easy to flag one down on the street. You will also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands. A trip to the airport form downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38, not including tip.Montreal Metro map
Montreal by bike
Montrealers are avid cyclists, and proud of it. In fact, ecologically-friendly Montreal is the first urban centre in the world to receive “Geotourism” accreditation from the National Geographic Society. The city has 350 kilometres of bike paths criss-crossing its territory. To make exploring the city easier, several bike paths lead to the heart of tourism areas.
BIXI is cycling as a real means of urban transportation. Available since 2009, BIXI is one of the best ways to enjoy nature, be active, and visit the landmarks in Montreal without any hassles and at low cost. The system is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 3 seasons a year, from April to November. This service enables citizens and tourists to borrow a bike form one station and re-dock the bike at another station close to their destination.
For more information about BIXI, please visit www.montreal.bixi.com
.Downtown Bike map Old Montreal Bike map
For athletic travelers, getting to know a new destination means happily toting running gear so they can clock a few muscle-toning kilometres while discovering an exciting urban centre. To cater visitors in need of a good trot, here are tailored-made jogging itineraries through Montreal’s visit-worthy neighbourhoods.
Each itinerary includes a downloadable map, the distance and elevation of various points of the route.
From our pedestrian-friendly streets to our vast green parks, Montreal is teeming with discovery, kilometre after kilometre. So slip into your jogging shoes, set a suitable pace for yourself, and with the itinerary to help, you have got the city covered.Jogging Jean DrapeauJogging Parc OlympiqueJogging Mont-RoyalJogging Plateau Mont-Royal
Old Montreal Port
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
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.
This huge park, originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, includes the Botanical Garden and the Biodome.
Jean Drapeau Park
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!
Referred to as "the mountain" by locals, this 764-foot mountain provides excellent view of the city and is a popular recreation spot.
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.
A famous market until 1963, this structure now houses various offices of the city government.
Palais des Congrès
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
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.
Saint-Laurent Boulevard, or “The Main”, geographically divides the island of Montreal est-west. This major street has played a prominent role in Montreal’s history: immigrants and merchants who set up show here were instrumental in contributing to the city’s expansion and vitality.
The downtown core is the very heart of the city that pulsates with the vibrant energy of its diverse inhabitants.
Safely nestled between the river and the mountain, it is where students, professionals, artists, fashionistas, tourists all converge for the daily 9 to 5. Life’s amazing moments, special occasions, for shopping, going out, sight-seeing and dancing.
Soaring skyscrapers and heritage buildings intermingle with quaint boutiques in the compact and accessible downtown.
Above ground, Sainte-Catherine Street buzzes with shoppers and the sophisticated Sherbrooke Street boasts high-end boutiques and world-class cultural institutions such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord Museum. An urban space designed with pedestrian quality of life in mind, the newly-developed Quartier international is located just beside Chinatown and is home to the Palais de congrès and Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, which features the sculpture/fountain, La Joute. A magnificent work that makes all who pass by stop, its kinetic water sequence and dramatic ring of fire make for a fascinating public place.
Directly below the city, the Underground Pedestrian Network links boutiques, restaurants, universities, office buildings and city attractions with 33 kilometres of passageways used by over 500,000 people daily.Downtown map
“A little slice of Europe within North America” is often how travelers describe Montreal, and nowhere is this Euro-flair more apparent than in the city’s most historic district. Old Montreal is located on the banks of the massive St. Lawrence River and is characterized by its quaint cobblestone streets and enchanting 19th century architecture.Old Montreal map
Parc Jean Drapeau
A unique mix of green space, architecture and history, Parc Jean-Drapeau is our cherished four-season playground. A short metro, bus or bike ride from downtown, it encompasses two islands and is Montreal’s most visited park for good reason.
Complete with a filtered-water beach, outdoor pools, museums, acres of flower gardens, an amusement park, walking and cycling trails, an outdoor gallery, avant-garde architecture and a casino, Parc Jean-Drapeau is a veritable mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and fun-lovers of all ages.
A summertime favorite is to zoom around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve track on a bike or rollerblades. La Ronde amusement park offers high-velocity thrills, while Piknic Électronik brings electronic music outdoors into a non-club context for all to enjoy on warm-weather Sundays.
Brush up on your military history at the Île Sainte-Hélène fort, or simply admire the architectural marvels of the Biosphere and Habitat 67.
In winter, you can skate along the skaters’ path and go tubing, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the many trails found in the park.Parc Jean-Drapeau map
The Mount Royal is another magnificent urban green space design by Frederik Olmsted of Central Park fame and it offers a spectacular view of the city skyline.
Majestically rising up in the middle of the city, Mont Royal is a symbol of Montreal’s heritage. A four-season playground for all, it is considered to be the “lungs of the city”. Green, clean and refreshing, it is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Montrealers go to the Mount Royal for jogging, cycling, blading, skating, skiing, tobogganing, bird watching, picnicking and soaking up some rays.Mount Royal map
Wrought-iron staircase, old-style stone masonry, walk-up duplexes, imported cars, second-hand bicycles, design fashion boutiques and funky frip stores: this neighbourhood is by far the grooviest scene in Montreal. Here you will find a predominantly francophone community featuring an electric mix of artists, students and young families, spiced with a healthy dose of other cultures and languages. Round it off with a wealth of interesting shops, cafés, pubs and bars, not to forget art galleries and gourmet shops.Plateau Mont-Royal map
This bastion of the Montreal Italian community since the 19th century has its own special feel; easy-going meets jet set in this unique district where backyards give way to tomato plants and grape vines, soccer is a way of life and the air perfumed with the aroma of mouth-watering pasta sauce.
Montrealers flock to the neighbourhood for the adjacent Jean-Talon Market and its incredible assortment of anything and everything ethnic, fresh and flavorful.Little Italy map