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Montreal
Travel Guide

Montreal which includes a city, a bay or harbour and a high-rise building

With an exciting calendar of year-round festivals, stunning European architecture, exquisite eateries, high-end shopping and more, this city is pretty irresistible.

From humble beginnings as a French fur trading post, Montreal has developed into one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in Canada. The island city lives and breathes its French connection through pride in its colonial history, dogged preservation of European architecture and a large majority of French-speaking citizens. This cultural identity is subtly written into the narrative of the city and is evident from the quaint bookshops and charming cafés that line the pretty cobblestone streets.

Soak up Montreal’s unique festival atmosphere in the bustling streets of the Downtown area. This vibrant district is home to the famous Quartier des Spectacles, which not only has 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House, but also hosts the über-cool Montreal International Jazz Festival.

With a year-round events programme that is the envy of far weightier cities, Montreal is a buzzing hub of music, comedy, film and fireworks. Furthermore, the excellent selection of hip bars, trendy hot-spots and top-notch restaurants means visitors can enjoy the finest evening entertainment without having to put in too much legwork.

The city is overflowing with beautiful buildings that traverse a range of architectural styles. Undoubtedly, the Notre Dame Basilica is one of the jewels in Québec’s religious crown. Admire its stunning Gothic-revival exterior before comparing it to St Joseph’s Oratory – the largest and arguably most majestic church in Canada.

At Old Port, spend a pleasant afternoon ambling along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline from the top of the old clock tower and keep an eye out for ships navigating the precarious Lachine Canal.

Afterwards, stroll around the colourful district of Plateau Mont-Royal. Browse the quaint bookshops or sip a coffee in one of the many charming cafés. This bohemian neighbourhood is home to a heady mix of musicians, artists and students who all contribute to its infectious laid-back vibe.

Shop til you drop in the busy boutiques of Saint Catherine Street and Underground City before heading to the Bonsecours Market to pick up some unique souvenirs lovingly hand-crafted by the finest artisans in Québec. Whether it's exquisite jewellery or restored 18th-century furniture, you’re sure to discover something really special.

Montreal absolutely deserves first place on any Canadian itinerary so why not check it out for yourself?

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Where to stay in Montreal

Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
3.5 out of 5
7655 Decarie boulevard, Montreal, QC
The price is AU$114 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal and Mount Royal Park. Montreal ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,030 reviews)
"Very satisfied and great value"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is AU$229 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Ville-Marie, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre, Bell Centre and Notre Dame Basilica. University of Montreal and Saint Joseph's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"Beautiful place! Very luxurious and high class stay. If your looking for euro style architecture in the perfect location this is your stay!!! Only complaint is the sometimes slow valet parking."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is AU$120 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins. Notre Dame Basilica and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,526 reviews)
"Proximity to the Old Port made this property attractive, rate was excellent"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
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Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is AU$100 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Lachine Hospital and CAE. Concordia University ...
3.2/5 (2,033 reviews)
"Very homey and well furnished, loved the kitchen, well stocked with dishes and cookware, felt immediately at home"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is AU$405 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Jacques Cartier Square and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (917 reviews)
"Loved the location!"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Lofts du Vieux-Port
leQube Apartments
leQube Apartments
3.5 out of 5
3990, rue St-Hubert, Montreal, QC
Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jeanne-Mance Park, Sainte-Catherine Street and Mount Royal Park. St. Denis ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)
"Amazing location if you’re not looking to stay downtown. Close to great local shops and restaurants. Only issue was the overall cleanliness of the room. Dust and hair everywhere. Surface areas and Baseboard was covered in dust. Had to clean room thoroughly as soon as I checked in. Hotel said they ..."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2020

leQube Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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