A place of festivals, food, culture and winter fun, Montreal is an endlessly fascinating cosmopolitan city you simply won’t be able to get enough of.
Located in the province of Quebec, Canada’s second largest city offers a surprise around every corner.
You’ll love discovering its vibrant arts and culture scene, boasting world-class galleries and museums such as the Musée d’Art Contemporain, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the family-friendly Biosphere, Planetarium, and Insectarium. Or you can simply wander the streets and discover the colourful, creative street art splashed across buildings and tucked away in secret alleyways.
It’s also the unofficial festival capital of Canada, hosting over a hundred a year including the famous Montreal International Jazz Festival. Ranging from music to literature, dance to cinema, many of these multi-day events are held in the fabulous Quartier des Spectacles.
This French-speaking city has beautiful public spaces, including the magnificent Parc du Mont-Royal with its breathtaking views across the city. Look closely from this impressive vantage point and you may even be able to spot some of its many lively neighbourhood markets, including Jean Talon Market in Montreal’s Little Italy and Atwater Market by the Lachine Canal.
It even has its own underground city, a multi-level network of shops, restaurants, metro stations and even concert halls hidden deep underground.
And of course, you can’t talk about Montreal without mentioning its simply spectacular food. There are more restaurants per capita here than in any other North American city, so foodies will be utterly spoilt for choice. You simply must try local specialities such as poutine, Montreal-style bagels, tourtières (meat pies) and maple desserts.
It’s also a top spot for beer, as Montreal is bursting with microbreweries, brewpubs and bars serving artisanal beers.