Things to do in Montreal

Montreal – A European in North America

Montreal is a city in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the largest city in the province and the second-largest in Canada. This place is sure to leave a lasting impression you, much do to its diverse neighborhoods, cycling culture, botanical gardens, and unusual local food.


Things to do in Montreal

Wondering what to do while on vacation in this cool city? We have listed some of the best things to do in Montreal when visiting.


Montreal Jazz Festival

If you are a music lover and are interested in visiting Montreal Canada, the Montreal Jazz Festival will be the reason to urge you to book your tickets just in time for the festive season. Celebrated from the last week of June to the first week of July, one can expect over 500 music shows and concerts conducted through the duration of the festival, with over half of them being opened to the public. Besides this, there are ninety more festivals celebrated each year and because of them, Montreal is known as the city of festivals.


Montreal Underground City – The Indoor City

The presence of an underground city in Montreal is sufficient grounds to compel anyone to pay a visit to experience such a unique sight. Montreal has an underground network, which enables the inhabitants to get on with their daily routines, even when temperatures drop below freezing for several months of the year. This underground city stretches over twenty miles, featuring restaurants, shops, businesses, and more. Here you can find almost all kinds of outlets imaginable here, including universities and museums.


Montreal Shopping

Like the French, the residents of Montreal are known for their style. There are several retail destinations, upscale chain stores, independent boutiques, and departmental stores to satisfy the shopping desires of every tourist. Montreal inhabitants speak french and the city is very european in its architecture and feel.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The presence of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) give the visitor that loves art even more reasons to visit Montreal. The art museum is located on the Golden Square Mile and is the largest museum in Montreal.


Montreal Grand Prix – the Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix, also known as Grand Prix du Canada, is an annual race in Canada.
Since 1967 the race has been a part of the official Formula One World Championship and since 1978 the race has taken place in Montreal which is why it is often called the Montreal Grand Prix.


Montreal Botanical Gardens

The Montreal Botanical garden, or Jardin Botanique de Montréal as it is called in french, is a huge botanical garden that because of its collections is said to be one of the most important gardens in the world. Since 2008 the Montreal Botanical Garden is a officially a National Historic Site of Canada and it is a popular tourist destination for people who are looking for an outdoor thing to do in Montreal.


When to go to Montreal

Averages here vary from −9 to −10 °C (16 to 14 °F) in January to 22 °C (72 °F) in July. It is great to plan a visit to Montreal from September to November or March to May to enjoy the milder weather, and many hotel vacancies, and in turn, the lower room rates! The summer is also a great time to visit! However, you never have to worry about the weather in this town. You’ll always find things to do in Montreal, no matter the weather, thanks to the Montreal Underground City (The Indoor City) which is perfect for chilly days.


Things to do in Montreal

Montreal Facts

Population3 750 000
LanguageEnglish, French
AirportAll Airports, Canada (YMQ)

Montreal average temperatures

-7~-4 °C -5~-2 °C 4 °C 12 °C 17~20 °C 22~24 °C 24~27 °C 23~26 °C 18~21 °C 10~13 °C 3~7 °C -4~-0 °C


Cat Cafe Montreal

The Cat Cafe Montreal is North America's first official cat cafe. The amazing staff at this café shows a unconditional love for animals in general but cats in particular. The café aims to create a nice and relaxing place, where people can come and enjoy the cats, and at the same time, contributing to a good cause. The café is located at 3435 rue St-Denis and you’ll find more information about this cozy cat cafe at their website or at their Facebook-page.    

Café Chat L´Heureux

Enjoy a nice meal, or maybe just something to drink in the company of a cat. Café Chat L´Heureux offers a nice and cozy atmosphere as well as a cat therapeutic experience.

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The Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

The Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is part of a rock themed marathon series that has been enjoyed by thousands of people since they started in 1998. If you have ever run a marathon, you know how important it can be to feel motivated. The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series is known for having live rock bands performing along the routes and special themed water and nutrition stations along the way. Montreal became a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2012, but the Montreal people have enjoyed marathon running since way back in 1979. The Mondreal Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is held annually in the month of September and features a main marathon, a half-marathon, a 10k and a 5k. The course centers around Saint Helen's Island so if you take part in this marathon you will get an excellent view of the scenic port areas as well as the inner city of Montreal. IF you feel like exploring the city with your running shoes on, this marathon is a great way of doing so!

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Golf in Montreal

The best golf near Montreal is had to the west of the city at the shore of Lac des Deux Montagnes (Lake of Two Mountains). There is a series of golf clubs with amazing courses based on the natural, scenic beauty of the area. Go get your clubs and head west and play some of the best golf of your life on Elm Ridge Country Club, Royal Montreal Golf Club, Golf Saint Raphael, Club De Golf Laval Sur Le Lac and Club De Golf Le Cardinal.

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Water Parks in Montreal - Splash around at Calypso Water Park

Montreal is a city with a lot of water parks to choose from, both in and around the city. Calypso Water Park is the biggest one, actually the biggest one in all of Canada as well. Other great parks for a day filled with water splashing and fun is Mont St. Sauveur Water Park, Ski Bromont Water Park, Super Aqua Club and Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex. Just find the one that suits you and your needs the best and you’re ready to go!

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Theme Parks in Montreal - Double-tracked roller coaster at Le Monstre

In Montreal you’ll find La Ronde, which is owned and operated by the famous Six Flags. This is the largest amusement park in Quebec, Canada. When going here you’ll have lots and lots of different rides to choose from, both thrilling and calmer ones. The double-tracked roller coaster Le Monstre is one of the most popular attractions on the area and it can actually brag about being the highest double-tracked roller coaster in the entire world!

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