Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

A must for art-lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts has amassed centuries' worth of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, prints, drawings and photographs. European heavyweights include Rembrandt, Picasso...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Old Montréal

Place d'Armes

Place d'Armes

This open square is framed by some of the finest buildings in Old Montréal, including its oldest bank, first skyscraper and Basilique Notre-Dame. The square’s name references the bloody battles that took place...

Top ChoiceChurch in Lachine Canal, Little Burgundy & the Southwest

Oratoire St-Joseph

Oratoire St-Joseph

The gigantic oratory honors St Joseph, Canada’s patron saint. The largest shrine ever built in honor of Jesus’ earthly father, this Renaissance-style building was completed in 1960 and commands fine views of the...

Top ChoicePark in Old Montréal

Old Port

Old Port

Montréal's Old Port has morphed into a park and fun zone paralleling the mighty St Lawrence River for 2.5km and punctuated by four grand quais (quays). Locals and visitors alike come here for strolling, cycling...

Top ChoiceChurch in Old Montréal

Basilique Notre-Dame

Basilique Notre-Dame

Montréal's famous landmark, Notre Dame Basilica, is a visually pleasing if slightly gaudy symphony of carved wood, paintings, gilded sculptures and stained-glass windows. Built in 1829 on the site of an older and...

Top ChoiceCanal in Lachine Canal, Little Burgundy & the Southwest

Canal de Lachine

Canal de Lachine

A perfect marriage of urban infrastructure and green civic planning: a 14km-long cycling and pedestrian pathway, with picnic areas and outdoor spaces. Since the canal was reopened for navigation in 2002,...

Top ChoiceArts Center in Downtown

Place des Arts

Montréal’s performing-arts center is the nexus for artistic and cultural events. Several renowned musical companies call Place des Arts home, including Opéra de Montréal and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, based...

Top ChoicePark in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Parc du Mont-Royal

Parc du Mont-Royal

Montréalers are proud of their 'mountain,' the work of New York Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. It's a sprawling, leafy playground that's perfect for cycling, jogging, horseback riding, picnicking...

Top ChoiceMarket in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Marché Jean-Talon

Marché Jean-Talon

The pride of Little Italy, this huge covered market is Montréal’s most diverse. Many chefs buy ingredients for their menus here or in the specialty food shops nearby. Three long covered aisles are packed with...

Top ChoicePark in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Parc La Fontaine

At 34 hectares, this great verdant municipal park is the city’s third largest, after Parc du Mont-Royal and Parc Maisonneuve. In the warmer months weary urbanites flock to leafy La Fontaine to enjoy the walking...

Top ChoiceMarket in Lachine Canal, Little Burgundy & the Southwest

Marché Atwater

Just off the Canal de Lachine, this fantastic market has a mouthwatering assortment of fresh produce from local farms (some promoting sustainability), excellent wines, crusty breads, fine cheeses and other...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown

Musée McCord

With hardly an inch to spare in its cramped but welcoming galleries, the McCord Museum of Canadian History houses thousands of artifacts and documents illustrating Canada’s social, cultural and archaeological...

Top ChoiceArea in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Rue St-Denis

Rue St-Denis

The backbone of Montréal’s francophone shopping district, Rue St-Denis is lined with hat and garment shops, uberhip record stores and terrace cafes designed to keep people from getting any work done. Summer...

Top ChoiceGardens in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Jardin Botanique

Jardin Botanique

Montréal’s Jardin Botanique is the third-largest botanical garden in the world, after London’s Kew Gardens and Berlin’s Botanischer Garten. Since its 1931 opening, the 75-hectare garden has grown to include tens...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Biodôme

Biodôme

At this captivating exhibit you can amble through a rainforest, explore Antarctic islands, view rolling woodlands, take in aquatic life in the Gulf of St Lawrence, or wander along the raw Atlantic oceanfront –...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lachine Canal, Little Burgundy & the Southwest

Centre Canadien d'Architecture

A must for architecture fans, this center is equal parts museum and research institute. The building incorporates Shaughnessy House, a 19th-century gray limestone treasure. Highlights in this section include the...

Top ChoiceChurch in Old Montréal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Known as the Sailors’ Church, this enchanting chapel derives its name from the sailors who left behind votive lamps in the shapes of ships in thanksgiving for safe passage. The restored interior has stained-glass...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lachine Canal, Little Burgundy & the Southwest

Maison St-Gabriel

This magnificent farmhouse in Pointe St-Charles is one of the finest examples of traditional Québec architecture. The house was bought in 1668 by Marguerite Bourgeoys to house a religious order. Young women...

Top ChoiceStreet in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Boulevard St-Laurent

A dividing line between the city’s east and west, Blvd St-Laurent (previously ‘the Main’) has always been a focus of action, a gathering place for people of many languages and backgrounds. In 1996 it was declared...