St Joseph’s Oratory, © Can Stock / marcbruxelle
Visit Montréal – Old Town
The most popular place to see when you visit Montréal is the Old Town. Place d’Armes is a great spot to start a walking tour of the Old Town. On the square is Notre-Dame Basilica and the statue of Sieur de Masionneuve, the founder of Montréal. Next to Notre-Dame is the Sulpician Seminary. Around the corner from the Sulpician Seminary is the Centaur Theatre. At the other end of the square from Notre-Dame is Canada’s first bank – the Bank of Montréal.
From Pace d’Armes wander down Rue Saint-Jacques past the business district. Then walk down Sainte Helene and Recollets Streets to view the 1870s architecture. Next visit the obelisk by the St Lawrence River at the Old Port. The Museum of Archaeology and History is located here.
Old Port, © Can Stock / gvictoria
Visit Montréal – Old Port
In the Old Port, try the Amphi-Bus and see the Montréal Science Center. Walk north along the seafront on Rue de la Commune or wander past the interesting buildings and side streets on Rue Saint-Paul. Back on Rue Notre-Dame a couple blocks north of the basilica, brings you to the Court Houses, Nelson’s Column, Place Jacques Cartier and City Hall.
Then finish off your walking tour by returning to the river and Bonsecours Market, known for its high end shops. You can walk out on the quay to visit the Clock Tower. At the outer edge of the Old Port is Habitat 67, which is a housing project built for Expo 67.
If you prefer an organized walking tour, try the Walking Tour of Old Montréal.
Olympic Stadium, © Can Stock / JulienSirard
Visit Montréal – Olympic Stadium
At the Oympic Stadium, ride the glass elevator to the top of the Big O and spend time in Olympic Park. Take a tour such as the Montréal Tower Observatory Admission. The Olympic Stadium is famous for its financial and structural problems, but has attained great popularity with tourists. It includes the Montréal Biodome. On a visit to Olympic Stadium you will also find an insectarium, the Montréal Botanical Gardens and a planetarium.
Montréal from Mont Royal, © Can Stock / rabbit75can
Visit Montréal – Mount Royal
Mount Royal is a hill top park of more than 300 acres. Mount Royal was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed Central Park in New York. Jacques Cartier chose the name Mount Royal in 1535 and there is a plaque honoring him at the lookout. Overlooking the park is St. Joseph’s Oratory where you can view the heart of Brother Andre, which is kept in a jar.
Visit Montréal – Underground City
The Montreal Underground City has more than 20 miles (30 km) of pathways under the city. The Underground City is located roughly between Peel and Place-des-Arts metro stations on the Green Line and between Lucien-L’Allier and Place-d’Armes stations on the Orange Line.
Atwater Market, © Can Stock / gordonw
Visit Montréal – Hotels
- Loews Hotel Vogue
- Hotel Bonaparte
- Hotel Place d’Armes