Top Things to Do in Montreal Canada
1. Learn about How the City Was Formed At Pointe-à-callière, Montréal’s Archaeology And History Complex
Learn about how this historic river city came to be as you wander deep underground through centuries of history at the Pointe-à-Callière national archaeological site. It’s not often I advocate for spending half-a-day underground – but this place was done so well, I could not leave it out!
2. Discover The Delicious Flavours Of The Original Québécois Poutine
Excellent fast food you are not going to want to miss. Poutine, a Canadian dish created in the province of Quebec, is traditionally made with French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. Nowadays there are plenty of modern variants, but the best place to try poutine in Montreal is Patati Patata Friterie De Luxe or Restaurant Chez Claudette.
Sure, there is a ridiculous amount of countries offering visa-free travel to Canadians, but with food this good – why would they leave?
3. Hike The Mont-Royal For A Beatuful View Of The Whole City
Hiking a small hill that locals lovingly call “a mountain” (it is just 200m) is one of the best things to do in Montreal because its lookout offers a fantastic view over the entire city!
You can get on highest just by walking uphill for 15 minutes (it is an easy and enjoyable walk) or you can take bus#11 or a taxi that will take you to the top.
Every Sunday, there are countless tam-tam performers on the east end of Mont-Royal and the locals that gather together on Mount Royal Park and enjoy their day off! It is a lovely experience, so, if it is sunny, I recommend grabbing a blanket and enjoy the beat at the park!
4. Get A 360° View Of The City On The Montreal Observation Wheel
At 60 meters high and running four seasons a year, what’s not to love about the giant observation wheel in Canada!
Again bonus points for planning a sunset spin, and don’t worry…The Montreal Observation Wheel is climate-controlled for your comfort!
5. Admire The Baroque-Renaissance Styling’s Of The Mary, Queen Of The World Cathedral
Inspired by the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Canada – and better yet is free to visit (unlike many others in town!).
It’s pretty quiet, so a beautiful place for a break and some solitude.
6. Indulge Your Inner Culture Vulture At The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
The largest museum in Quebec and one of the most excellent museums in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is both bold and innovative with a vast collection that offers something for everyone.
It’s on par with the best museums in Vienna, so you know you’re not going to regret this one!
7. Check Out The Latest Exhibition At Mac (Musée D’art Contemporain De Montréal)
Canada’s first museum devoted to contemporary art, MAC Montreal has a world-class rotating selection of cutting-edge exhibitions.
Check out their website and see if anything takes your fancy, but if thoroughly modern and bizarre with hidden subtext is your jam, you will fit right in here!
8. Reconnect With Nature On Saint Helen’s Island
Île Sainte-Hélène, the baby sister to Montreal Island on the St-Laurence River is a great place to escape the busy city and retreat into nature, absorb the obscure history and enjoy whichever season you are visiting in.
With plenty of quiet trails and bike paths, you can finally have all the solitude you have been dreaming of.
9. See Yesterday’s Vision of the Future at the Habitat 67 Apartment Complex
An icon of Montreal, this model community and housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie was initially conceived as part of his master’s thesis in architecture and was built as a pavilion for the Expo 67 World Fair.
An architectural landmark, it would seem the futuristic style did not catch on, but you can still wander around and admire the fancy apartments and spaces between spaces. There is no other building quite like it in the world.
10. Wander The Diverse Neighbourhoods Of Montreal
In a city as varied and beautiful as Montreal, you know there are going to be more than a few neighborhoods to explore.
Just wandering around sight-seeing you’re sure to come across some gems but be sure not to miss the artsy, upscale and oh-so-hip Le Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood or Côte-des-Neiges which you can find over hundred different ethnic groups spanning all four corners of the globe!