Top 10 Things To Do In Montreal, Canada - Updated 2024

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Montreal in Quebec is a large city with many well-known attractions, making it a favorite tourist destination which hosts millions of people from all over the world. There’s the grand Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and verdant Mont-Royal,l, for which the city is named. The options in Montreal are endless–this list includes going up the Mont-Royal, sampling the food scene, taking a walk on Saint-Paul Street, plus much more. Here we have listed a few activities and sights to see but there’s so much more to be discovered in Montreal. Scroll down to see our recommended list of things to do in Montreal, Canada.

1. Stroll around Saint-Paul Street (from USD 23.0)

Get to explore the historic Saint-Paul Street which is situated in Montreal’s old port. It is the oldest street in the city and is also where you’ll find some of its top spots. Saint-Paul Street is lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. The street is usually busiest on weekends so its advisable to visit on a weekday morning for a peaceful stroll. Be sure to wear flat shoes when exploring the neighbourhood. It’s an ideal place to buy gifts for your family or friends from the many souvenir shops or you can enjoy a tasty local cuisine from cafes or restaurants.

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Old Montreal City Walking Tour, Notre-Dame Basilica Admission

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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2. Cheer on the Habs at Bell Centre

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Posted by Centre Bell on Saturday, 16 March 2019

The Bell Centre is one of the best events venues in Canada, hosting hundreds of significant concerts and other happenings each year. See photos and tributes to hall-of-famers on its walls. If you love hockey, reserve a seat for a game at the Bell Centre. You can sit at the front row so that you have a great view. Cheer on the Habs as loud as you can and have fun with friends. In case you get hungry, try the sports bar or the exquisite restaurant on site.

Bell Centre

Address: 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal, QC H4B

Website: Bell Centre

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3. Take a coffee break at Café Myriade

Tastiness at Cafe Myriade
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Come and unwind at Café Myriade which is located Quebec. The interior of this café is well-decorated with bright walls and comfortable seats. It is also well-known for acclaimed barista Anthony Benda’s fresh roasted coffees. Their homemade brews make them a favorite in Montreal. You can choose from a wide variety of their menu items such as the warm café latte, cappuccino, café mocha, espresso, americano, chai latte, gingerbread, and chocolate chaud au lait. Be sure to enjoy their coffees and other offerings when you pass by.

Café Myriade

Address: 1432 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2H7, Canada

Website: Café Myriade

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 7pm

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4. Get a bird's eye view of Montreal (from USD 20.0)

With this admission tower, pay a visit to Montreal Tower Observatory at Olympic Park. From the top of the tower, you can view the entire Montreal region, Laurentian Mountains, and St. Lawrence River valley. You can enhance this tour and add entry to the Montreal Botanical Gardens, which is home to the region’s most amazing gardens.

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Montreal Tower Observatory Admission Ticket

Duration: 1 hour

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5. Catch the newest exhibits at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Get to explore the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which is the city’s largest museum. The museum offers free admission during holidays. The museum’s permanent collection is a fascinating glimpse into the Canadian arts scene. You can enjoy contemporary exhibitions on fine arts, music, film, world cultures, fashion and design, and Quebec and Canadian arts. You can walk through the two pavilions after watching the exhibitions. You can also visit the nearby souvenir shops and purchase several gifts if interested. It’s always advisable to visit the museum during the afternoon or on weekdays to avoid large crowds.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Address: 1380 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada

Website: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Opening hours: Tue, Thu - Sun: 10am - 5pm; Wed: 10am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 18 USD

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6. See Olympic Stadium up close

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Olympic Park is a sprawling district which houses Olympic Stadium, thus being the venue for many events and activities the whole year round. The stadium famously hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. Today it is used to host sports games and championships such as major league baseball and football games, auto shows, concerts, and other big events. Guided bus tours are available if you want to get a comprehensive look at this amazing events complex.

Olympic Stadium

Address: 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave, Montreal, QC H1V 3N7,

Website: Olympic Stadium

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7. Marvel at the architecture of Basilique Notre-Dame

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Come and visit the oldest Gothic Revival-style church which is one of Canada’s most luxurious cathedrals and where Celine Dion had her wedding. You will see it’s decorated with delicate wood carvings, stained-glass windows, and amazing sculptural work. There’s also a 7000-pipe organ. Dress accordingly to ensure access to the religious site. On this tour, see the famous Casavant organ, access part of the crypt, and head up to the second balcony. The basilica is a must-see attraction for all architecture fans.

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Address: 110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2V5, Canada

Website: Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Opening hours: 8am - 4:30pm (Monday - Friday) / Sat : 8am - 4pm; Sunday: 12:30pm - 4pm

Price: $10

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Check out the AURA Experience at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Thanks to its lights, orchestral music, and grandiose multimedia experience, AURA was awarded the THEA Prize. It's truly beautiful and impressive.

Basilica Notre-Dame, designed by architect O'Donell, offers free masses in French only. Funerals, including state funerals, are official tributes paid to individuals who have played an exceptional role. One such tribute was held for René Angélil, the husband and prolific manager of the renowned singer Celine Dion, who is from Charlemagne, Quebec.

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8. Explore Montreal Biodome (from USD 104.0)

Walk through the four ecosystems - Laurentian maple forest, tropical rainforest, Sub-Antarctic Islands and Gulf of St. Lawrence - at Biodome de Montreal. Let a naturalist take you through the Biodome as you learn more about the living earth. The experience is the same as visiting a zoo but gives more of an immersive experience that makes you feel like you are really in the wild. There’s is so much to learn about fauna and flora here. You will see beautiful lynx of the Laurentian maple forest, adorable puffins in the Labrador coast, king penguins in the Sub-Antarctic, and several fish species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The tropical rainforest is the most interesting, with animals such as monkeys, anacondas, parrots, and many more. Be sure to make this place a part of your visit.

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Montreal Attraction Pass

Duration: 3 days

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9. Discover Montreal on an underground city tour (from USD 59.0)

Come and have an experience of Montreal like no other. See everything this area has to offer, use the city’s automated transport system, then enjoy going to shopping malls, restaurants, landmarks, and more - while learning about the places from an expert tour guide. You can also choose to add a visit to Place Ville-Marie Summit Observatory to cap off your trip with a great view.

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Montreal's Underground City Indoor Tour

Duration: 3 hours

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10. Go up the Mont-Royal

Go up and get to explore Mont-Royal the namesake of Montreal, this small mountain will offer you incredible sightseeing opportunities in every direction as you explore every angle. Mount Royal is situated in an exorbitant city park which gives a taste of the outdoors without leaving the city. Whether it’s going up the mountain, exploring its forested pathways, or picnicking in the shade, every minute spent on the mountain is either an escape from the city or a sweeping view of it. It will take you around 45 minutes to climb the mountain depending on where you start. You can walk, bike, bus, or drive to the summit. It’s a great hike since you get to explore the city and enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature.


Address: Montreal, QC H2W 1S8, Canada

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If you happen to be in Montreal, Canada and you have no plans, worry not–Montreal has countless things that you can indulge in during your time here. Check out the list above, book one activity and enjoy this amazing city to the fullest.

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