This article was published on October 15th, 2013
Montreal is always full of fun and excitement. Year-round there are great festivals, art exhibits, cultural events, shopping, dining and sightseeing. Here are the must-see and must-do activities to put on your list for your next trip to Montreal:
- While you might not be a religious person, there are amazing churches, cathedrals and basilicas in Montreal. These are breathtaking pieces of architectural history. The hand carved wood decorations, the impressive masonry work, and the stories told through the stained glass will mesmerize you.
- If you love the latest in fashion and want to be ahead of the upcoming season trends, Montreal is the fashion capital of Canada. St. Catherine’s Street has block after block of high-end fashion and there is an impressive network of underground malls connecting a large portion of the downtown core.
- Cultural enthusiasts will love the many art galleries, museums, live theatre and music performances. Every day there is something new to see and experience. Throughout the city there are lots of public works of art decorating the city.
- Home to the World’s Fair in 1967 (Expo 67), and the Olympic Winter Games in 1976, there are still many important pieces of infrastructure that remain in use and can be seen throughout the city. From the giant dome from the United States pavilion to the Olympic Stadium, these sites are full of history, controversy, and exciting stories from moments in the past.
- Mount Royal is a popular spot for most visitors. It is accessible by walking up the front side or by driving up most of the way from the back. There are breathtaking views of the city. Within a few minutes drive in each direction there are other vantage points to see East, South and West of the city.
- It’s near impossible to leave Montreal without experiencing authentic French fare. Indulge in poutine, smoked meat, chocolate fondue, cream caramel and bagels – all quintessential for all trips.
- Rich in history, Vieux Montreal, or Old Montreal, is home to cobblestone streets with boutique shops and quaint restaurants. It’s romance can be felt at any time of the years and it’s a beautiful place to go for a leisurely stroll.
- Montreal loves drag queens, and there’s no better place to see great performances than at Madeau in the gay village. Each night talented performers light up the stage in elaborate costumes and entertain the audiences with songs, stories, and jokes, in both English and French. It’s great fun!
- Party in a city that loves to express themselves. Montreal loves to host festivals – from major music festivals including Jazz Fest to a three-hour long gay pride parade during Fierte Montreal Pride… there’s a festival or cultural event happening pretty much every weekend of the year.