Montreal Travel

Montreal travel getaways are among the most popular North America’s destinations. With its vibrant culture and European flair, the city is a hotspot for travellers who enjoy an exciting getaway. As the most important metropolis of the Canadian province of Quebec and the second largest French-speaking city in the world (after Paris), a trip to Montreal offers a bit of that unique “je ne sais quoi” that makes it such a one-of-a-kind destination in North America. It is one of my favourite destinations, so check out some of my personal Montreal travel adventures and advice articles below.

One of Montreal’s most popular travel destinations is Old Montreal, the city’s historic port area down by the St. Lawrence River. With its cobble-stoned streets and historic limestone buildings, this area evokes a different era. Its vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene add to the popularity of Old Montreal. Some of the main sights include Place Jacques-Cartier, the city’s main square which is anchored by Montreal City Hall, a Second Empire masterpiece. The Bonsecours Market was opened in the late 1840s and today is home to attractive shops, cafés and galleries. Notre Dame Basilica is Montreal’s most magnificent church and offers a regular multimedia show that presents the long history of this Victorian-era church. Pointe à Callière is where Montreal was first settled and the museum located there presents Montreal’s archeological history.

Downtown Montreal is where the city’s skyscrapers are located, but none is allowed to be higher than Mont-Royal which overlooks the city with its beautiful park and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Quartier Latin or Latin Quarter is the heart of Montreal’s restaurant and club scene where you can also enjoy countless cafés, boutiques and galleries. The Plateau is located near downtown next to Parc du Mont-Royal and is a showcase for Montreal’s typical duplex and triplex townhouses from the early 1900s.

In addition to the stunning Park du Mont-Royal, the city offers other outdoor Montreal travel opportunities in places such as Parc Lafontaine or Parc Jeanne-Mance. The waterfront along the St. Lawrence River offers outstanding cycling opportunities for those who want to stay active.

Montreal is a city of festivals, and some of the most internationally renowned ones include the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival. Winter festivals include the Fête des neiges and Montréal en Lumière. Among many others, the city hosts the Francofolies (a French music festival), an Anarchist Bookfair, a Beer Festival, Folk Fest, a Bike Fest, a Burlesque Festival as well as huge Canada Day festivities. Also very popular is the Montreal International Fireworks Competition with participants from around the world. There are electronic and all sorts of other music festivals, fashion and design festivals, arts festivals and all sorts of other special events including the Montreal Grand Prix in June. Montreal loves to party and you will have lots of fun during your trip to Montreal!

Parc Jean-Drapeau is the site of the 1967 World Fair and today offers great green spaces and concert venues. It is also home to the Formula 1 circuit, the Montreal Casino, the Montreal Biosphere and a huge beach. Other main attractions in Montreal include the Olympic Stadium, the Botanic Garden, the Insectarium and the Biodome. On the other side of Mont-Royal is another famous landmark, the impressive Saint Joseph’s Oratory, a national shrine and Canada’s largest church.

Montreal travel getaways offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the unique culture of Quebec along with some fantastic cuisine, special events and music. Some of the articles below will give you some great travel ideas for exploring Montreal.

Featured articles about Montreal Travel

Montreal  is always an amazing getaway destination from Toronto – in a bit more than 5 hours you can reach a vibrant destination that distinguishes itself with a special European flair. The city is equally… Read more.

During the last few hours in Montreal on Day 5 of our trip (Feb 22, 2011) I managed to get a few more things in. Right after breakfast I received a private tour of the… Read more.

After a nice breakfast at our window seat at the Auberge Bonaparte, overlooking the historic stone townhouses of Rue Saint François Xavier, I got ready to brace a chilly winter day in Old Montreal. Montreal… Read more.

Our guided driving tour in the morning had provided us with great background knowledge of Montreal, its history and culture. In the afternoon we were now going to have a chance to sample some unique… Read more.

Another packed day was in store for Day 3 (Feb 21, 2011) of our Montreal adventure. In the morning, expert tour guide Ronald Poiré from VDM Global met us for a driving tour of the… Read more.

After an interesting and tasty culinary tour of Old Montreal and a short rest back at the historic Auberge Bonaparte, we were in for a real treat in the afternoon: snow-shoeing on Mont Royal.  When… Read more.

Day 2 (February 19, 2011) of our Montreal trip started with a culinary walking tour of Old Montreal. We  linked up with our tour at Europea Espace Boutique, an offshoot of Europea, a fine dining… Read more.

With its famous summer festivals like the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival, Montreal is a hugely popular destination in the warmer months. But the city’s winters are known to be… Read more.

My exciting long weekend in Montreal unfortunately had to come to an end. After an exciting day of exploration yesterday that ended with an absolutely delicious dinner at Nuances, the fine dining restaurant at the… Read more.

My personalized tour of the Casino de Montreal was very interesting and taught me many different things that I had never known about casino operations. My learning experience was followed by an opportunity to sample… Read more.

After my lovely cheerful encounter in the Square St. Louis I briefly went back to the hotel and then took the subway to the exit at Jean Drapeau Park. There are two large islands in… Read more.

After an enjoyable late lunch at Mañana and after learning about the interesting life story of its owner, Angel Broncales, I was ready for enjoying a little bit of afternoon relaxation and right across from… Read more.

My lengthy explorations of the Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium, and my visit to the Jean Talon Market in Montreal’s Little Italy had definitely stimulated my appetite for a good meal. By… Read more.

Appropriately rested from my action packed day yesterday I had a leisurely breakfast and headed out on the subway at 9:30 am. I love the subway system in Montreal since it’s safe, efficient and all… Read more.

After my official Montreal bike tour, my individual explorations of the Lachine Canal and my chat with André from Ça Roule, I decided to go for a little stroll to explore Montreal’s Port area which… Read more.

I had thoroughly enjoyed my guided bicycle tour with Ça Roule and Bruno, a licensed city guide from Guidatour, really introduced Montreal up close to us. And my own independent explorations of the bicyle trail… Read more.

I had thoroughly enjoyed my guided tour of Montreal by bike and being the bicycling enthusiast that I am I knew this would be a highlight of my trip. The great thing was that even… Read more.

Well, after a more than filling dinner at La Iguana and a brief excursion to Montreal’s Jazz Festival last night it was time to burn some calories and an official biking tour through the city… Read more.

The Plateau area is one of the trendiest areas of Montreal, so I decided to explore it a little further after my discoveries of Old Montreal. From my hotel I hopped into the subway at… Read more.

Well, as much as the walking tour through Old Montreal nourished my senses and architectural sensibilities, my stomach was in dire need of nutrition and I was debating whether I should plunk myself down at… Read more.

Every time I go to a new city, the spirit of adventure and discovery heightens my energy level and 6:10 am I was already awake. I read my guidebook for a while and then doze… Read more.

After an enjoyable dinner at Modavie I was ready to head to my next scheduled activity: a ghost tour of Old Montreal. Old Montreal Ghosts or Les Fantomes de Vieux Montreal was founded about 8… Read more.

After my initial introduction to Montreal through my driving tour, my next step was to explore the city on foot. I set out on my first walk through Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal). Literally five minutes… Read more.

Shortly after my arrival in Montreal, right around 1 pm, I met Carole, a licensed professional tour guide from Guidatour in the lobby of the Holiday Inn and she was going to be my local… Read more.

It was an early day today, I got up at 4:30 am, and my husband dropped me off at 5:45 am at Toronto’s historic Union Station. Several buses of young students were already unloading their… Read more.

Despite the fact that Montreal is one of the closest and most easily accessible cities from Toronto, I had really only been there once, for a couple of days ten years ago. We also did… Read more.

Montreal is known the world over for its lively atmosphere, its street cafés and its amazing summer festivals which include the famous Just for Laughs comedy festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival – the world’s… Read more.

Canadian winters can be harsh and Montreal can definitely be quite cold in the winter. Summers are warm and average high temperatures hover in the mid 20s (Celsius) or about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter… Read more.

My personalized tour of the Casino de Montreal was very interesting and taught me many different things that I had never known about casino operations. My learning experience was followed by an opportunity to sample… Read more.