Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec in Canada. It’s a predominately French-speaking province, and the city is famous for its French-Canadian fashion and nightlife. During the winter the city glistens with snow, the skating rinks are full, and the bars are packed. During the summer, the streets are home to music, comedy, arts, and food festivals. When you’re visiting Montreal, here are some great places to check out!
Mont-Royal is one of Montreal’s largest green spaces and the park contains two belvederes (lookout points), and the bigger one (Kondiaronk Belvedere) has an amazing view of downtown Montreal. It’s easy to walk, but there are also bus rides that go up the hill. If you’re an early riser, aim to get up there before the sun rises and watch as all of Montreal is lit up by the sun! A hike up Mont-Royal is a great way to begin or end your trip with a breath of fresh air and a view of the entire city.
Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
There's art and culture to see all over the city, from murals and paintings in the subway to street performers on every corner, but you have to see the Montreal Musuem of Fine Arts. The gallery is Montreal’s largest museum and one of the best art museums in Canada. It has about 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, and the permanent collection holds about 41,000 pieces of art. If you’re an art buff, you’ll definitely want to include this on your list of things to do.
See Cirque du Soleil in the Old Port
Cirque du Soleil is the most famous circus in the world, and the group was founded in Montreal. The acrobats and circus performers have drawn on the city’s pool of artistic talent for decades. The modern circus is a masterpiece of art and dance that represents the best of French-Canadian and global culture. See a show under the “Grand Chapiteau” (the Big Top) at the Old Port where it all began. And if there isn’t a show it’s worth a walk around the beautiful riverfront especially in the summer and fall.