Montreal

Overview

Montreal is commonly referred to as the Paris of North America. It's definitely a fitting description—but not just because of the French-speaking residents. Like its counterpart in France, Montreal is full of culinary, historical, cultural, aesthetic, romantic and trend-setting attractions.

Montreal is a vacationer's delight, loaded with sensational diversions for even the most discerning tastes. The remarkable Cirque du Soleil is based here, offering performances by troupes of fearless performers, high-flying acrobats and stunning dancers.

Montreal's Jazz Fest, which hits the streets and concert halls each summer, attracts music lovers from across the country and beyond. This annual event features jazz performances and concerts in other genres, by a whopping 3,000 artists from at least 30 countries.

For two weeks in July, many of the world's funniest people head to Montreal for the Just for Laughs Festival, treating audiences to top notch stand-up comedy. With monologues, one-liners and hilarious stories from real life, these comedians will keep you laughing at venues across the city.

Avid museum explorers will love the Montreal Museums Pass. Get access to 38 of Montreal's best museums, including Canada's premier contemporary art museum, Musée d'art contemporain and the celebrated Montreal Biodôme. The pass is good for three days and gives you unlimited access to Montreal's bus and Métro (subway) public transit systems.

Montreal is also home to the National Hockey League's legendary Montréal Canadiens and the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. Make new friends quickly by picking up a jersey and joining the cheering crowds.

North of the city, you can take part in some sporting of your own. The Laurentian Mountain Region is a vast and beautiful area, perfect for hiking, canoeing, cycling, golfing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Experience winter or summer at its best at Mont-Tremblant, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Morin-Heights and many more.

Back in Montreal, you can feast on incredible 5-star fare at some of Canada's top restaurants. Or, sample unique local delicacies like the crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside Montreal-style bagel or steaming plate of French fries with rich gravy and cheese curds known as poutine.

Top off your evening with a trip to Montreal’s vibrant downtown nightlife scene, complete with clubs, pubs, concerts and parties embracing chic or shabby, lively or laid-back styles.

Montreal is a fantastic destination for:

  • culture and history
  • shopping and dining
  • romance

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Destination basics

Montreal summers boast humid average highs of 26 C, while winters are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Snow, wind and ice are commonplace here, with average winter highs around -5 C. Spring and fall are often mild, but atypically warm falls and cold springs are also common. Dress appropriately for the season and you can't go wrong.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Montreal

Montreal has a rich history, gorgeous architecture and – of course – two languages. When you visit, you'll immediately see the city's unique cultural mix, at once classic and contemporary, bold and subdued.

The cuisine here is a mix of the best of France and the best of Canada. Downtown, you'll find elegant French bistros across the street from poutine stands. You'll also find some of the most delicious desserts and sweets in the country, along with honey-coloured maple syrup.

But Montreal's culture runs even deeper. The history here is visible around every corner. The old buildings still standing (and in use) downtown remain like a moment out of a turn-of-the-century postcard. Old warehouses here are repurposed as luxurious condo buildings. And museums, art shows and festivals regularly keep the streets alive with activity all hours of the day and night.

Just outside of the city, you'll find plenty of beautiful mountains to explore and ski chalets where you can rest your feet. Mont Tremblant offers a picturesque view, reminiscent of the famous French Alps. Not to mention, the incredible powder snow is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter. In the summer, visitors can hike, kayak and relax in the sun.

Regardless of what you do during your stay in Montreal, you're sure to leave smiling – perhaps thinking to yourself, "Montreal, je t'aime."

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