FROM OLD MONTREAL TO MOUNT ROYAL PARK, ONE HOTEL PUTS YOU IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL
Explore Montreal from the epicenter of luxury. Located downtown, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal puts the city's top attractions just moments away. While away an afternoon among the Montreal Botanical Gardens, visit Parc Jean-Drapeau or catch a game at Bell Centre. From this historic hotel where the past and future are beautifully entwined, Montreal simply awaits your discovery.
The McCord Museum is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America (more than 1.4 million artifacts), 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.
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal is the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. You must discover treasures like the votive chapel containing 10,000 lights and votive candles, the marvelous museum, the Chapel of Brother André built in 1904, the heart of Brother André, the spectacular gardens containing the Way of Cross, the Crypt Church and the majestic Basilica.
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. 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 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 and tourists converge for life’s amazing moments, special occasions, shopping, going out, sightseeing and dancing.
Above ground, Sainte-Catherine Street buzzes with shoppers and the sophisticated Sherbrooke Street boasts high-end boutiques and world-class cultural institutions. Also, an urban space designed with a newly-developed international borough is located just beside Chinatown.
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.
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 grapevines, 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, Montreal, QC | Distance: 5.5 kilometers | Website
An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montreal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of Saint 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. Their commitment is to protecting the environment. The Biodôme 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.
The Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colorful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long. With its collection of 22,000 plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frédéric Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it is also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the globe. Associated with the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Insectarium welcomes you to discover the world of insects. Have a nice visit!
Referred to as "the mountain" by locals, this 764-foot mountain provides excellent view of the city and is a popular recreation spot.
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, Mount Royal is a Montreal’s heritage. This four-season playground 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 there for jogging, cycling, skating, skiing, tobogganing, bird watching, picnicking and soaking up some rays.
Every Sunday, “Les Tams-Tams du Mont Royal”, an unofficial festival, takes place in the surrounding vast green spaces of Mount Royal Park.
Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC | Distance: 1.4 kilometers | Website
OLD MONTREAL AND OLD PORT
Old Montreal is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved vibrant "old towns in 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 “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 Saint Lawrence River and is characterized by its quaint cobblestone streets and enchanting 19th century architecture.
The Old Port of Montreal is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country with more than 50 activities and 6 million visitors every year!
Old Montreal, Montreal, QC | Distance: 2 kilometers | Website
Wrought-iron staircase, old-style stone masonry, walk-up duplexes, imported cars, second-hand bicycles, design fashion boutiques and funky stores: this neighbourhood is by far the grooviest scene in Montreal. 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.
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC | Distance: 3.5 kilometers | Website
RIO TINTO ALCAN PLANETARIUM
For over 45 years, the Montreal 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. With its bold design, the 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. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!
Saint-Laurent Boulevard, or “The Main”, geographically divides the island of Montreal between east and 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.
Since 1933, its art-deco style architecture makes the Atwater Market one of Montreal’s most beautiful buildings. This place is famous for its many butchers, delicatessens, horticultural vendors and farmers.
This place was a famous market until 1963. Now, it accommodates various offices of the city government.
350 Saint Paul Street East, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H2 | Distance: 3.1 kilometers | +1 (514) 872-7730 | Website
HOLT RENFREW MONTREAL
A few steps from our hotel, shop for a selection of luxury designer products for men and women. Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience.
1300 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3G 1H9 | Distance: 0.1 kilometer | +1 (514) 842-5111 | Website
It is a European farm market with permanent stands. Get there early to avoid the crowds and bring your appetite, including freebies. The best way to get there is on the orange metro line. Get off at the Jean-Talon metro station, then walk two 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 do not accept credit cards, unless it is a permanent storefront.
In downtown, Sainte Catherine Street aligns shops and restaurants on 15 kilometres. This commercial place, one of the longest and liveliest in North America, offers several accesses to the Underground City linking to 1,700 stores.
Saint Catherine Street, Montreal, QC | Distance: 0.4 kilometers
Underground Montreal City is the largest in the world. Its 33 kilometers of corridors link department stores, universities, office buildings and several points of attraction. A universe to discover absolutely!
It is not just about the race. It is 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 Grand Prix with the Jet Set in Montreal is where it all begins. For this occasion, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal holds one of the summer’s hottest parties every year: the Grand Prix Party. Other activities take place in the city.
This is one of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world. For the 375th anniversary of Montreal, l’International des Feux Loto-Québec is preparing a highly entertaining 33rd edition.
La Ronde, Chemin de Macdonald, Montreal, QC H3C 6A3 | Distance: 5.9 kilometers | +1 (514) 397-2000 | Website
La Ronde is the largest amusement park in Quebec. The facility, which opened as part of Expo 67, today offers some 40 rides and attractions, including the Goliath, one of the North America’s highest and fastest roller coasters, and Le Pays de Ribambelle, an exciting and enchanting family area.
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 Saint Helen's Island 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 in the park.
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Saint Helen's Island, Montreal, QC H3C 4G8 | Distance: 5.1 kilometers | +1 (514) 872-6120 | Website
August 3, 2019 – August 11, 2019
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.
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 us tell it like it is: Montreal is the place to let loose!
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 jazz centric 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! In addition, it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers every need, in the heart of Montreal, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There is no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
For the sixth edition, MTL à table is an opportunity to make mouth-watering discoveries. Enjoy 15 days of gourmet fun in 175 Montreal restaurants offering 3-course fixed-price table d’hôte menus at $21, $31 or $41 for dinner and $15 for brunch.
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.
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Saint Helen's Island, Montreal, QC | Distance: 5.1 kilometers | Website
May 19, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Every Sunday, discover the best of the electronic music scene in an environment created to stimulate the senses.
Plaine des jeux, Chemin du Tour de l'isle, Montreal, QC | Distance: 5.2 kilometers | Website