Close to home and yet worlds away Montreal is a great vacation destination.  This vibrant city offers both old world charm and an energetic modern atmosphere.  Combine it with road trip to the eastern townships and Quebec City for a diverse and unique itinerary that includes something for everyone.  Use the list below to give you an overview of all the things to see and do in Montreal then contact Christopher Travel for comprehensive personalized trip planning. 

The Basics:

Take a St. Lawrence boat trip from the Old Port and enjoy a view of the city from the water.

Don’t miss the city’s most popular attraction: Notre-Dame Basilica.  This masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture boasts 350 years of parish history with incredible architecture and art.  Enjoy the multi sensory AURA show. 

Visit quintessential Montreal in Plateau Mont Royal neighborhood.

Spend some time at Pointe-à-Callière Archeology and History complex and get an overview of Montreal’s fascinating past at this actual archeological site.

In summer visit Clock Tower Beach in summer and feel the warm sand under your feet.  Although swimming is not allowed you can get wet at sprays and fountains along the beach to keep you cool.

In Winter stay warm in the 20+ miles of underground tunnels filled with shops and restaurants connecting various attractions. 

For Culture and Arts:

Enjoy the Place Jacque Cartier with it’s many street artists in the bustling Old Port neighborhood. 

Catch the action in one of the 80 culture venues of the Quartier des Spectacles.  From Opera to pop, traditional dance to ballet this region has something for everyone to enjoy. 

For Shoppers:

Take a stroll down Crescent St. and wander through fashion and décor boutiques.  Enjoy the many art and jewelry galleries along this classic street in the Golden Square Mile. 

Wander the cobblestone streets of Saint Paul and de la Commune streets of the Old Port.  Stop in boutiques of all sorts and enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries along the way. 

For Kids:

Wander around the leafy parks and open green spaces of the Golden Square Mile surrounded by stately Victorian Brownstones. 

Stop by the Barbie Expo– a museum dedicated to none other than Barbie.  See dolls dressed by the greatest fashion houses as well as those representing different ethnicities from around the world. 

Also don’t miss a hockey game at the Bell Center.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy the action and afterwards enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants surrounding this iconic arena.

Visti Montréal Science Centre, a vast science playground with lots to do for kids of all ages right on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Space for Life is a unique collection of venues for kids and families including the Insectarium, Bontanical Garden and Biosphere.  It’s a great way to spend the day together. 

Staying Active:

  • Jet Ski in the St. Lawrence river
  • Catch a zipline over the quay in the Old Port
  • Rent a bike and cycle along the river
  • Showshoe or Cross Country ski in Mount Royal Park
  • Go Ice Skating on Beaver Lake or down by the Old Port

Great Churches:

  • Notre Dame Basilica
  • Notre Dame de Bon Secours
  • Basilica Marie Reine du Monde
  • Basilica Sainte Anne de Beaupre
  • St. Joseph’s Oratory

Food to try:

  • Almond Croissants
  • Maple Syrup Ice Cream
  • Montreal smoked meat sandwich on “the Main”
  • Genuine Montreal bagels
  • Poutine

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