Montreal holidays will offer you an eclectic urban experience that combines old and contemporary influences from both sides of the Atlantic. This French-inspired Quebecois city is packed with museums, music, great food, churches and pretty riverside cafés combining the best of two continents.
Discover the cobbled streets and heritage sites of Old Montreal, where you can practice your Quebecois French with the friendly locals before popping in for a delicious fresh bagel (or two) made with eggs and honey. Shop, eat and travel on the subterranean streets of the Underground Pedestrian Network (also known as RÉSO), where over 20 miles of corridors, tunnels and atriums provide an array of art and entertainment. You can even enjoy hockey at the arena, or a show at the theatre or concert hall.
Montreal’s two islands on Saint Lawrence River are fascinating to explore: On Île Sainte-Hélène, you can discover novel green technologies and admire an architectural masterpiece at Biosphere Environmental Museum, or take your children to La Ronde theme park for a white knuckle adventure. The southern island, Île Notre Dame, houses the splash-tastic Aquazilla water park, the peaceful Floralies Garden, and a Formula One track.
Our considered selection of luxury Montreal hotels put you at the heart of the action: the Novotel Montreal Center boasts a downtown location just a block from the Bell Centre arena, while Le Nelligan offers fantastic views over the river.
Cultural treats during your holiday in Montreal
The gothic Notre Dame Basilica, decorated in blues, reds, purples, silvers and golds, is one of Canada’s most impressive churches. For more French tinged adventures take our combined Montreal and Quebec tour. Quebec’s UNESCO World Heritage old town is bursting with historical delights celebrating 400 years of history in six sectors. Alternatively, our Canadian Contrasts tour mixes the urban treasures of the east with the rural beauty of snow-capped mountains and rolling ranch land of Canada’s west.
Great sample itineraries
Our expert Montreal tours combine energetic modern cities with the charm of yesteryear and breath-taking landscapes. Discover Canada’s fascinating culture and history with our recommended Toronto, Quebec and Montreal tailor made holidays.
Eastern Journey Canada Tour
Escorted Tour From East To West Canada
Discover the city's pride and joy and catch a glimpse into its incredible history along the side streets and back lanes of Old Montréal. Marvel at Notre-Dame Basilica’s glowing interiors, take in the historic architecture as you wander down to the Old Port and enjoy the quaint restaurants and boutiques along Saint-Paul Street - make sure you plan a whole day of exploring.
Spanning two islands located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is Montréal's indoor-outdoor playground. Those looking to be entertained can easily do so in the Montréal Casino or the La Ronde amusement park - where those looking for a slightly slower pace can take in the views on a riverside walk or view the amazing eco-exhibitions at iconic Biosphére Environment Museum in the famous geodesic dome, all within easy each of downtown Montréal.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Located on Île Notre Dame in the middle of the St Lawrence River this world-class F1™ street circuit has played host to the Canadian Grand Prix since 1978. Take a tour of the complex, enjoy the fantastic nearby restaurants, clubs and shops or visit in early June to soak up the incredible excitement of Formula 1™ race day - an experience not to be missed.
Montréal's backyard, Mount Royal park is an unique urban mountain and sprawling park that is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Climb the 256-step staircase to the top for captivating views of the city and if visiting in summer, take a picnic and eat al fresco and watch the world go by. Undoubtedly, the best time to view the park is in the Fall between September and October where you can enjoy the breathtaking foliage of bright reds, yellows and oranges on a fall walk.
Embrace winter's cold weather in Montréal with unforgettable experiences and amazing things to do. Daredevils can zip-line through the snow at Fête des Neiges on or go sliding, skating, tubing, snowshoeing or even cross-country skiing on its Mount Royal park's snowy hills. For a more relaxed pace, we love getting cozy by the fire with a cocktail in the bars along Crescent Street, shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts in the festive Christmas Markets and ice skating by the St. Lawrence River with the city's stunning backdrop.
“Download the ‘Montreal en Histoires’ app before you go to help you learn about the city’s past. It has about 60 items, including points of interest and circuits you can follow around town. The map highlights the best places to visit - and you can even test your knowledge.”
“If you're a motor racing fan, make sure to visit in early June to see the Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The atmosphere is just incredible and the early summer temperatures are extremely pleasant too.”
F1 Grand Prix
Held in June each year, the Canadian Grand Prix is one of Montreal’s top annual events. Cars speed round Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Notre Dame Island. The event attracts motoring fans from near and far, as they come to absorb the electric atmosphere.
If you’re a tennis fans then consider timing your Montreal holiday with the Canadian Open, which takes place in August each year. Watch the world’s greatest players compete on outdoor hard courts at the 12,000 seater IGA Stadium, in glorious summer temperatures.
Snack on delicious hand-rolled, wood fired bagels at the Fairmount Bakery, a family-run business that was established in 1919. With options ranging from classic sesame and poppy seed bagels, to sweet delights such as chocolate and orange or the nutritious ‘mueslix’ bagel, you might find you need to make several trips.
Kosher-style deli beef is a true Montreal delicacy that has its origins in the Jewish immigrants who first came to Canada from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Produced by salting and curing the meat in a variety of spices - including garlic, mustard seeds, coriander and pepper corns - it is then smoked and steamed for several hours before being served up with rye bread. The result? A flavoursome sweet yet salty treat that is easy to be devoured.
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