Charming city with an excellent culinary and arts scene

Named for the hill Mount Royal which sits at the heart of the city, Montréal, is a mix of French and Anglo influences, feeling at times more European than North American. Thought by many to be Canada’s cultural capital, the city plays host to an array of festivals, sporting events, museums and galleries.

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Montréal Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Montréal

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Newly-renovated iconic city hotel.

Hotel Renaissance Centre-ville Montreal

With an unbeatable location in the centre of Montreal and a lively social scene, the Renaissance...

Best Western Ville-Marie Montreal Hotel & Suites

A convenient location and comfortable crash pad in Montreal if you plan to spend most of your tim...

Hotel Uville

Hotel Uville is a true celebration of Montreal’s cultural history. Each room in this boutique hot...

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Escapade to Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

Travel from Montreal to the characterful and ultra-atmospheric Quebec City. In the company of an expert guide, you'll wander through North America;s only walled city, explore the Upper and Lower Towns, see the Plains of Abraham and marvel at the iconic Chateau Frontenac. After your city discovery, head out of the centre of the city to Montmorency Falls, a spectacular wonder of nature that's 30 metres higher that Niagara Falls.

• Departs daily from May to 23 October and on Wednesday and Saturday from 26 October to 28 April
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Above & Beneath Downtown Montreal & Old Montreal

In the company of a professional guide, this 3-hour tour explores bustling downtown Montreal from above and beneath and makes a brief visit into Old Montreal, a tasting of a local delicacy, and a commentary on the architectural and social history of the city. Starting from Dorchester Square, this urban trek journeys through the streets of downtown Montreal and beneath through the RESO (Underground Pedestrian Network), known by Montrealers as the Underground City. Measuring 33 km in length, this network of interior galleries is one of the largest in the world. The tour will visit the other sites including Quartier International, Place Ville-Marie, Victoria Square, Montreal World Trade Center, St-Jacques Street and its banks, Place d’Armes and ends in Old Montreal. Please note, there must be a minimum of two people on this tour.

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Montreal Double-Decker Merry-go-round - Red Loop 2-Day Ticket

This narrated tour explores all aspects of bustling downtown Montreal. Discover the intriguing blend of Old World charm and North American modernism as you pass many of Montreal's fascinating landmarks. Enjoy the freedom of leaving the bus, exploring the attractions of your choice at leisure and boarding another bus later on. Photo stops are enjoyed at the Old Port, Mont Royal (from which you receive a prime view of the city), Olympic Park, and St. Josep's Oratory. Tours are bilingual (English and French). Operates May-October.

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Montreal Plus Cycling Tour

Discover Montreal's top sights on two wheels with the help of a local guide. Tour the City and discover its history, architecture, and urban vitality by visiting its different neighbourhoods, must-see attractions, and most secret places. During the tour you'll visit the Old-Port, Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, Plateau, the entrance of Mont-Royal Park, McGill University campus, the Business district, and Old Montreal. At the end of your tour, you can relax and enjoy a beer or glass of wine. After your tour's finished, continue to explore the city on your own on two wheels and return your bike at closing time. Please note this is a seasonal tour, not available all year round.

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Get to know Montreal and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT -5 hours


Canadian dollar (CAD)


7½ hours


Majority Christianity


French and English are the official languages in Canada

Getting around
Linked by a bridge to the mainland, this eclectic bi-lingual city is impressively easy to navigate, with colour-coded lampposts and street signs distinguishing each neighbourhood. Cycling is the way to get around here.

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Montreal sets the standard for Canadian cuisine, with fine dining restaurants, bakeries, vegan eateries, bagel shops, cafés – and of course, poutine. Made up of French fries and cheese curds, this is a popular dish throughout Quebec.

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