Montreal The Gem of Canada’s Quebec Province

Montreal, the largest city in Quebec and the second-largest in Canada, has an undeniable charm. Rich in history, culture, and culinary delights, the city promises a delightful mix of the old and the new. Let’s unpack what Montreal has to offer!


Journeying to Montreal

By Air

Touch down at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, eh? It’s the most straightforward way to get to the city. From there, you can hop on a taxi, rent a car, or use public transportation.

By Rail

Take a scenic ride on VIA Rail, connecting Montreal with other major Canadian cities. Nothing beats watching Canada’s stunning landscapes pass by from your train window.

Excursions Worth Every Loonie in Montreal

Montreal Biodome Adventure

Step into different ecosystems, right from the lush rainforest to the frosty Arctic, all housed under one roof. Watch penguins waddle, tropical birds chirp, and immerse yourself in nature without ever leaving the city.

St. Lawrence River Cruise

Navigate the gentle waters of the St. Lawrence River. Opt for a day cruise to enjoy Montreal’s skyline or a sunset cruise for a romantic experience.

A Day in Little Italy

Experience the vibrancy of Montreal’s Italian community. Sip on an espresso, enjoy a gelato, and perhaps end the day with an opera or a film at Casa d’Italia.

Laurentian Mountains Day Trip

A short drive from Montreal, the Laurentians offer stunning landscapes and outdoor activities. Whether you’re up for skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, the beauty of these mountains is timeless.

Quebec City Getaway

Though a bit further out, a day trip or overnight stay in Quebec City is worth the effort. Wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and soak in the city’s European charm.

Local Winery Tours

Quebec’s emerging wine scene is a pleasant surprise for many. Embark on a wine-tasting journey, and sample local varieties like the ice wine.

Montreal Graffiti Tour

The city’s street art scene is vibrant and ever-evolving. Join a guided walking tour to understand the history and stories behind some of Montreal’s most iconic murals.

O truly make your loonies count, look out for combo-deals or group discounts. Often, local tour operators have tie-ups that can get you a better bang for your buck.

Not-to-Miss Spots

Notre-Dame Basilica

Located in the heart of Old Montreal, this Gothic Revival masterpiece dazzles visitors with its intricate wood carvings, statues, and stained-glass windows. Light shows in the evening add to its ethereal beauty.

Montreal Botanical Garden

A green oasis in the city, this sprawling garden offers themed sections like the Chinese and Japanese gardens. Its insectarium is a hit with the kids!

Old Port of Montreal

A historical port now transformed into a recreational area. Whether you’re skating in the winter, ziplining in the summer, or exploring the Science Centre, there’s something for everyone.

Plateau Mont-Royal

Colourful row houses, murals, and bohemian vibes define this trendy neighbourhood. Grab a coffee, explore local boutiques, and soak in the artistic atmosphere.

Underground City (RESO)

Shop, dine, and explore this interconnected web of malls and venues, all underground. Especially handy during Montreal’s chilly winters.

Atwater Market

Experience local flavours, from artisan cheeses to fresh flowers. This bustling market along the Lachine Canal is a food lover’s paradise.

Habitat 67

An architectural marvel built for Expo 67, this housing complex’s unique design still captures imaginations today.

Oh, the Things You’ll Eat!

Poutine: Can’t come to Montreal and skip out on poutine, eh? Savour those crispy fries topped with cheese curds and drenched in gravy.

Montreal-Style Bagels: Sweeter and denser than their New York cousins. Try them from famed spots like St-Viateur or Fairmount.

Maple Syrup Delights: Whether it’s on pancakes or used in desserts, this sweet delight is a Canadian staple.

Activities to Dive Deep into Montreal

Attend a Hockey Game: Hockey isn’t just a sport in Canada; it’s a religion. Join in the fun by catching a Montreal Canadiens game.

Biking the Lachine Canal: Rent a bike and explore this historic canal, stopping at cafes along the way.

Winter Fun at Parc Jean-Drapeau: From snowboarding to ice-skating, embrace Montreal’s chilly charms.

Pro Tips for a Smoother Trip

Embrace Bilingualism: Though Montreal is primarily French-speaking, many locals are bilingual. Download a translation app or carry a pocket phrasebook. Even a simple attempt at “Merci” (Thank you) can warm hearts.

Public Transport is Your Friend: The Montreal Metro system is efficient, clean, and covers most tourist spots. Purchase a multi-day pass if you’re staying for a while. Plus, it’s a great way to avoid the city’s infamous traffic.

Dress in Layers: Especially if you’re visiting in the transitional seasons. Montreal’s weather can swing quite a bit, and layering ensures you’re comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

Stay in a Central Location: Consider accommodations in neighbourhoods like Old Montreal, Plateau Mont-Royal, or Downtown. Being centrally located can save you both time and transportation costs.

Tipping is Expected: In restaurants, cafes, and for services, a tip of 15-20% is standard. It’s a way to show appreciation for good service, so keep those loonies and toonies handy!

Catch the Best Deals

Speaking of deals, have you checked out the Black Friday offers at From exclusive stay packages to experience deals, has some attractive promos that might just fit into your Montreal journey.

Montreal is a city that blends European elegance with North American energy. Its mosaic of cultures and languages makes it uniquely Canadian, and each visit offers something new. So, grab your toque and mittens, and let Montreal charm you. 

And, if you ever find yourself missing the city’s charm once you leave, don’t fret. Montreal, with its open arms and vibrant soul, is always ready for a second visit, a third, or countless more.

So, here’s to Montreal, a city of dreams, diversity, and endless discovery. Until next time, safe travels, and as the locals would say, “À la prochaine!” (See you next time!)


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One thought on “Montreal The Gem of Canada’s Quebec Province

  • I haven’t been to Montreal in a long time. I would love to visit as a family and do some exploring. So many great things to see!


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