Outside of Paris, Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in the world, which is highly reflected by the culture of the city. Named by Monocle Magazine as "Canada's Cultural Capital," there is no shortage of things to do in Montreal. The downtown area is particularly noted for the vibrancy provided by its many festivals.…
Top 8 Things to do in Montreal, Quebec
With collections that focus on archaeology, natural history, outer space, Native American culture, Montreal's past and present, international art, architecture, and more, a museum pass is the ideal way to take your pick and get your fill of the best exhibits the city has to offer. If you'd like, you can include a public transportation pass for the same period of time to make getting from place to place a breeze, plus show your pass for extra discounts around town.
Some of the participating museums include:
-\tBibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec
-\tCanadian Centre for Architecture
-\tCentre d’histoire de Montréal
-\tChâteau Dufresne Museum
-\tDHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
-\tExhibition Centre La Prison-des-Patriotes
-\tJust for Laughs Museum
-\tMcCord Museum of Canadian History
-\tMontréal Botanical Garden
-\tMontreal Museum of Fine Arts
-\tMontréal Science Centre
-\tMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal
-\tPointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
-\tThe Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada Read More close
Meet up with your guide and set out on foot, working off your decadent treats in advance as you stroll between shops and eateries. Pop into candy shops, chocolate factories, and restaurants as you meet the passionate people that make Montreal's chocolate industry hum. At a specialty boutique, learn about the roasting process, and see a master chocolatier at work crafting fine truffles and confections.
Taste goodies at each stop, and spend some time chatting with the proprietors and owners about the subtleties of high-quality chocolate. For a break from the sugary sweets, head to a nearby Mexican restaurant, where you can try traditional savory dishes that use chocolate as an ingredient. Wrap up your tour with a deeper understanding of Montreal's chocolate scene and new knowledge about the fascinating history of this globally loved delicacy, from its Mesoamerican roots to its rise to royal standing in colonial times. Read More close
In 19th century Paris, journalist Arthur Meyer called on sculptor Alfred Grevin to craft replicas in wax of famous individuals, so Parisians could put faces to the names of the people they read about in the news. Today, his tradition of lifelike representation is alive and well at Montreal’s Grevin Museum.
In the Paris-Quebec gallery, come face-to-face with French crooners and Francophone actresses like Ginette Reno and Charles Aznavour, and in the Sports Temple, dodge pucks from Canada’s favorite athletes—hockey players Wayne Gretzky and Sydney Crosby are poised on the ice.
Take a journey through the history of Quebec in the Nouvelle France gallery, from native settlements to fur trade outposts, and be enchanted by the fairground ambiance of Belmont Park. In each room, the incredible wax statues are complemented by intricate and detailed backdrops and displays for a fascinating museum experience.
Before you leave, peek behind the scenes to see talented sculptors, painters, make-up artists, and costume designers at work devising new representations and displays. Read More close
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Montreal Tower Observatory
Reach the Observatory in Montreal’s Tower via funicular. This imposing structure from the 1976 Games is an iconic symbol of Montreal and offers unobstructed views of the city and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating ecosystems of the Americas in Montreal’s Biodome. In the Tropical Forest, watch for piranhas, caimans, and exotic birds. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, porcupine, and lynx in the Laurentian Forest, then marvel at the 600 fish swimming in the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem. Finally, travel to the Polar World for a look at penguins and more.
The Botanical Garden and Insectarium
Montreal’s 1931 Botanical Gardens are made up of 30 themed gardens and 10 greenhouses, and house over 22,000 plant species as well as an insectarium. Here, get a close-up look at beetles, spiders, butterflies, and all kinds of creepy crawlies from around the world.
The Rio Tinco Alcan Planetarium
Immerse yourself in the astronomical wonders of the universe at the Planetarium. Admire the striking modern architecture of the cutting-edge facility as well the art and poetry on display that emphasizes the connection between mankind and outer space. Read More close
Start off at Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s world-class museum of archaeology and history, and step into the Place Royale—this small, cobbled plaza was the heart of Montreal’s urban life in the 1700s. Learn about the life of Montrealers from centuries past, and continue on to the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. Built in 1678, this church’s name means “Our Lady of Good Help” and has been a pilgrimage site for sailors wishing to give thanks for safe travels at sea.
Pass by the limestone façade, gabled roof, and 18th century clock of Saint Sulpice Seminary—one of Montreal’s oldest buildings, this 1684 structure is still used as a residence for the Society of Priests of Saint Sulpice. As you explore the domed, Parisian-style Bonsecours Market, your knowledgeable guide shares insight into Montreal, past and present.
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Built on top of the city’s birthplace, the award-winning Pointe-a-Calliere museum brings Montreal's past and present to life. Step into the complex of historic buildings to see Montreal’s first Catholic cemetery, the city’s first Custom House, and the Victorian façade of the Youville Pumping Station, Montreal’s first electrically operated wastewater station.
Grab a seat in front of an immersive, 270-degree screen for a multimedia introduction to Montreal’s past. Learn about the fascinating archaeological digs that have taken place in this area as you admire the museum’s collection of more than 1 million relics from the region’s natives and the earliest European settlers of Montreal.
Visitors of all ages can dive into the displays with hands-on exhibits that let you make tools, learn the recipe for Native American sagamite stew, and talk with actors reenacting a market day in 1750.
From there, test your exploratory mettle on the privateer ship Iberville, and roll up your sleeves for a simulated archaeological dig in the basement of the Mariner’s House to see what treasures, artifacts, and remains you can uncover with your tools. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Make your way into the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood and meet up with your guide right in front of your first stop, a locally loved gourmet specialty shop that sells an array of imported Spanish goods. Nibble on cured meats and delicately flavored cheeses, and then head to a nearby producer to learn how spicy chorizo sausage is made.
Continue on foot to your next destination, a cozy, long-standing restaurant where you can learn the art of tapear, or tapas eating. Nibble on delicious shareable plates from Spain's Catalonia region as you chat about the restaurant's storied past and sip on perfectly paired wine or bubbly Spanish cava. From there, snag a table at a Portuguese restaurant to sample petiscos, the Portuguese version of tapas, and along with another glass of wine. Your tour concludes on a sweet note with a tasty Spanish dessert and a cup of coffee or tea. Read More close