Things to do in Montreal
Public transportation has been a part of Montreal life for more than 150 years. The Montreal Metro has been in operation since 1967 and covers almost the entire island, making the harsh Canadian winters a little more bearable. What makes it so special are the interiors, with distinct architectural design in each station and dozens of murals, stained glass windows and sculptures of all shapes and colours. In warmer months, explore Montreal’s leafy boulevards with Bixi, the city’s bike-sharing system.
Each of Montreal’s neighbourhoods is known for its own distinct set of flavours. From authentic Italian eateries in Little Italy, to Jewish bistros and bagel cafés in Mount Royal, you'll find a host of dining destinations that embrace the city’s open and dynamic spirit. Hustle for a table at Joe Beef in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy for a taste of quality French Canadian cuisine.
The relaunch of the 950-room Fairmont Queen Elizabeth has been one of Montreal’s biggest events following a year of renovations. July saw the unveiling of the hotel’s refreshed public spaces and restaurant alongside a new cocktail bar, café and, of course, much glossier rooms. Host to John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their famed ‘Bed-In for Peace’ protest, take in this iconic hotel with a gourmet cocktail in Bar Nacarat. Try the refreshing Pomegranate Paloma, made with Cointreau, tequila, and pomegranate, grapefruit and lemon juices.
A visit to Old Montreal is a must, where horse-drawn carriages trot down charming, cobbled avenues, the foundations of which date back to the founding of New France. Montreal now has its own Ferris wheel, La Grand Roue, offering panoramic views of the Colonial Quarter below. Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival design completed in 1829.
There's a lot going on at the highest skyline in Montreal, which is a dizzying 188 metres above ground. Nestled in the heart of the city, Place Ville Marie is one of the tallest buildings in Canada and has become symbolic of the city skyline. Here, you'll find a rooftop terrace and observation deck offering incredible views of Montreal. Enjoy treats at popular restaurant, Les Enfants Terribles, one of the city’s only rooftop restaurants, or local café-cum-boutique Made in Montreal, where products are made by local artisans and designers.