Things to do in Montreal QC Canada

Montreal, located between the Canadian cities of Ottawa and Quebec, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Canada.

Things to do in Quebec Province
If you are traveling to Montreal Quebec Province for the first time, the city has strong European influences, easily appreciated in Montreal Old Quarter which is reminiscing of Paris France. Montreal QC Canada is not far from the USA-Canadian border, which makes it a great holiday base for exploring the nearby USA states of New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

Things to do in Montreal QC Canada: Outdoor Activities

If you are looking to enjoy recreational activities or simply a walk in the park, the city of Montreal BC is home to many urban parks:

Mount Royal Park & Jeanne Mance Ground

Mount Royal Park, located near Westmount district, is one of the largest urban parks in Montreal QC Canada.

The park is a great place to stroll around and explore a few landmarks such as the CBC Transmission Towers.

Also, the Mount Royal Park is home to the Jeanne Mance Park recreation ground which is home to football fields, kid’s playgrounds and more.

Lachine Canal

Another excellent place for recreational activities is found along the Lachine Canal. Along the banks of the canal you can roller-blade and cycle, as well as enjoying boating.

Also, if you are traveling to Montreal QC during the summer months, 'Parks Canada' offers boat tours and walking tours of the canal.

Things to do in Montreal QC Canada: Places of Interest

Ville-Marie Borough

The Ville-Marie Borough is home to some of the most important districts in Montreal QC Canada. If you intend to do a walking tour, in the borough you can find:

Montreal's International District

Montreal's International District, located near Saint Patrick Basilica, is home to the popular Palais Exhibition Center, Victoria Square and Place Jean-Paul Riopelle Square.

Montreal Old Quarter

If you are a history buff, the Old Quarter of Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) is a must-add in your itinerary.

Montreal Old Quarter, located on Plateau Mont-Royal, features beautiful cobblestone streets with 17th and 18th century buildings and landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Downtown Montreal

The downtown area of Montreal is where you can find most of the city’s skyscrapers such as the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque,

Things to do in Montreal QC Canada: Shopping

The downtown area of Montreal is where you can find a few shopping centers and expensive department stores such as the Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy department stores located on Saint Catherine Street.

Two of the most popular shopping malls are the Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping mall, and the Place Ville-Marie underground shopping mall, which is home to over one thousand stores.

If you are looking to buy local produce and souvenir presents, Montreal open-air markets and Chinatown offer a lovely experience.

Atwater Market and Jean Talon Market are two of the most popular markets where you can buy all kind of French produce such as cheeses and wines.

Atwater Market, located on Avenue Greene near Vinet L'Encan Park, is just a quick 5 minute drive from Guy-Concordia Station.

Jean Talon Market, located on Avenue Casgrain, is just a quick drive from Jarry Park (Parc Jarry).

Things to do in Montreal QC Canada: Nightlife & Entertainment


Montreal QC Canada is home to predominantly English and French pubs where you can enjoy Karaoke and sport nights.

Downtown Montreal is one of the most popular places to hang out and find all kinds of nightlife.

Both Crescent Street and Saint Laurent Street, located nearby Guy-Concordia Station, are two of the most popular streets.

For instance, if you dance music, the popular Club Electric Avenue on Crescent Street is one of the most popular places to hang-out.

Montreal Gay Village has also buzzing nightlife with a gay scene as big as San Francisco and New York City. The village, itself, is home to a wide variety of bars and nightclubs to suit all tastes.


If you are traveling with the family, the Montreal Science Centre, located on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal, is a great place where everyone can learn about science and space through interactive exhibits. The center is also home to an IMAX theater, where you can watch movies in 3D.

Things to do in Montreal QC Canada: Events & Festivals

The Montreal Jazz festival

The Montreal Jazz festival, held in July in the downtown area, is one of the biggest Jazz Festivals in North America.

The Jazz festival features fun outdoors concerts where visitors can catch a glimpse of jazz artist worldwide.

The Tam-tams

The Tam-tams, held every Sunday in Mount Royal Park, is one of the biggest hand-drum events in the world and one of the most popular fun things to do in Montreal QC Canada.

The event features traditional drumming and as well as live entertainment where the public is encouraged to take part.

The Montreal International Car Show

The Montreal International Car Show, held in January at the Palais exhibition center, is one of the biggest and most popular events in Montreal QC Canada, where you can see hundreds of new car models.

Montreal Lights Festival

Montreal Lights Festival, held in February, is a popular winter event that spans over two weeks. The event features amazing firework displays, live entertainment and gourmet foods.

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