What makes Montreal a fun city

Things that makes Montreal unforgettable

Yves Lafontaine , Yannick LeClerc

What makes Montreal a fun city is it's diversity: diversity of it's sectors, it's lively people, it's services and a vibrant cultural life. Whether visiting a museum, a church, a historic site, a science center, an urban park, or a multicultural neighborhood, Montreal has everything to satisfy the least wishes of all visitors. Some unique attractions are also not to be missed, such as the Casino or the Olympic Stadium. More than 10 million tourists visit Montreal yearly. Many visit for business, but many others come for a vacation, but wether for fun or business, they all discover the many attractions that this city has to offer such as the following must see ones we selected for you... 

Saint-Laurent Blvd

Between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue

Saint-Laurent Boulevard, also known as “The Main” is one of the most with-it streets in Montreal. It’s where you go to enjoy the rich variety and texture of city life. Take a culinary tour around the globe in its many restaurants. Delight in the creativity of its talented designers. Let yourself go into its bars and clubs. Its authentic personality and architecture are the product of over 300 years of history. From the 20th century on, newcomers to Canada chose Saint-Laurent to live and to work, and today its residents and businesses testify to its varied origins. It is a symbolic thoroughfare, marking the point where the city’s French-speaking, English-speaking and immigrant communities meet. No stay in Montréal is complete without a visit to the Main.

Casino de Montréal

1, avenue du Casino, Montréal, QC H3C 4W7 www.casinos.lotoquebec.com/fr/montreal/accueil

If you're the kind of person who likes to try your luck in the most elegant surroundings, you'll love the Casino de Montréal, located on the beautiful Île Notre-Dame. Housed in the former pavilions of France and Quebec - built for Expo 67 - this temple of the game has everything to please. A jewel of urban architecture, in a renewed and cutting-edge setting, the Casino de Montréal offers one of the largest gaming varieties in North America with approximately 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables The Montreal Casino is also the rendezvous for gourmets who come to enjoy culinary experiences in one of its five restaurants (Le Montréal, Pavillon 67, Ajia, L'instant and the prestigious Atelier by Joël Robuchon). There are also five bars, where you can enjoy the cocktail of your choice and a cabaret featuring burlesque, electro, humor and big names from the entertainment. Ideal for a memorable night with the love one or a couple of friends. The Casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free parking and coat check service. Restricted to adults 18 and over. 


Centre des sciences de Montréal

At the lower end of St.Laurent blvd. Montréal, Qc, H2Y 2E2 T. 1 877 496-4724 www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com

This exhibition centre is one of the rare places in Montréal where exhibitions are focused on a variety of disciplines as human sciences and arts. Above all, it incites visitors to examine the relationship between these disciplines through the exhibitions themselves or through various activities, thus enriching the perspectives of the topics raised. 


Château Ramezay Musée et site historique de Montréal

280, rue Notre-Dame Est Montréal, Québec  H2Y 1C5 www.chateauramezay.qc.ca

A prestigious residence from the 18th century, the Château Ramezay is Montréal’s portal to its past and the first building in Québec classified as an historic monument. The Château invites you to relive more than 500 years of history, from the pre-contact Amerindian era to the 20th century. A must-see attraction in Old Montréal, the Château exhibits its collections in a variety of ways, intermingled with multimedia portrayals of historical figures recounting, in six languages, highlights of their lives at the manor. The site includes the Governor's Garden, a typically delightful 18th century urban retreat.


Église St-Pierre-Apôtre 

1201, rue de la Visitation, Montréal, Québec T.  514-524-3791 www.patrimoine-religieux.qc.ca

The Saint-Pierre-Apôtre church, built in 1851 and first work of architect Victor Bourgeau, hosts the Chapel of Hope, the only chapel in the world dedicated to victims of AIDS. A podcast with a guided tour of the church can be uploaded on the Conseil du patrimoine religieux Website.


Espace pour la vie

• BIODOME, 4777, av. Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal  • JARDIN?BOTANIQUE, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal   • INSECTARIUM, 4581, rue Sherbrooke Est. Montréal   • PLANÉTARIUM, 4801, av. Pierre-De Coubertin. Montréal  T. 514 868-3000  www.espacepourlavie.ca

The Space for Life welcomes over 1.7 million visitors every year. You’re invited to come explore the world around you as you’ve never seen it before! Bringing together the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium, the Space for Life offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the countless facets of life and nature in an original way. It’s a living laboratory, where the infinitely small takes on enormous proportions and the infinitely large is presented on a human scale. A fascinating voyage for visitors of all ages!


Montréal Metro


Another important attraction for Montrealers, but also for tourists is the subway. Montréal is one of the few cities in Canada to have an underground transit system. Each metro station in Montreal really has its own distinctive character. This characteristic, as well as its links with the "underground city", make this network an architectural work unique in the world. The four lines take you almost everywhere on the island of Montreal and if necessary, the bus takes care of completing the journey.


Golden Square Mile

Bordered by René-Lévesque Blvd., Côte-des-Neiges Road, Mount-Royal Park and University Street

Once home to Canada's Anglophone, predominantly Scottish, upper class, this beautiful neighbourhood—named for the square mile it covered—is lined with gorgeous Victorian homes, leafy parks and trees and a plethora of architectural masterpieces which span the Medieval, Renaissance, Greek and Roman, Gothic and Germanic styles.


Montreal Fine Art Museum

185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Montréal, QC H2X 3X5 T. : 514 847-6226  www.macm.org

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has one the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. Every year, its 600,000 visitors enjoy its encyclopaedic collection, unique in Canada, and its original temporary exhibition, which combine artistic discipline (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) and feature innovative exhibition design. 


Montreal Fine Art Museum

1379 -1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest,  Montréal, Québec T. : 514-285-2000 www.mbam.qc.ca

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has one the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. Every year, its 600,000 visitors enjoy its encyclopaedic collection, unique in Canada, and its original temporary exhibition, which combine artistic discipline (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) and feature innovative exhibition design. 


McCord Museum

690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9 T. : 514-398-7100 www.mccord-museum.qc.ca

Canada's premier museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is a superb place to discover the wealth of Québec creativity and leading international trends in contemporary painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, photography, installation, film, and video.


Parc Lafontaine

Arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal www.ville.montreal.qc.ca

From the first warm days of spring, this park is a haven for strollers and picnickers. In the summer, the Théâtre de Verdure presents a highly diverse cultural program of music, dance and cinema, free of charge. In the winter, you can partake in numerous outdoor activities, including skating and snowshoeing


Parc du Mont-Royal


Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who created New York City's Central Park, this park boasts a vast network of walking paths and stairs that will lead to you a variety of wooded areas and landscapes. Magnificent lookouts offer breathtaking views of the city and region. Lastly, Les amis de la montagne (friends) offer numerous education, conservation and recreational activities. 


La Place des Festivals 

A quadrilateral bordered by Sainte-Catherine, Jeanne-Mance, Balmoral and De Maisonneuve Streets www.quartierdesspectacles.com

Located in the Quartier des spectacles, Place des Festivals is a public space that covers an area of 7,500 m2. It is entirely dedicated to festivals, urban entertainment and leisure. Developed by the Montréal architecture firm Daoust Lestage, it serves as a stage for free artistic activities of all shapes and sizes throughout the year. It also features a 235-jet fountain – the biggest interactive fountain in Canada! 


Pointe-à-Callière Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal

350 Place Royale, Montréal, Québec T. 514-872-9150 www.pacmuseum.qc.ca

Pointe-à-Callière is a national historic site rising above the   actual remains of the city's birthplace. It takes visitors on an authentic archaeological tour from the 14th century, when Natives camped on the site, right up to the present. They'll see Native artefacts, the city's first Catholic cemetery, its first marketplace, and lots more. Cutting-edge technology and a multimedia show bring Montréal's past to life in a whole new light. The Museum's contemporary building is linked by an underground passage to the Ancienne Douane, Montréal's first Custom House, leading through an archaeological crypt safeguarding more than six centuries of history, beneath the raised portion of Place Royale.


La Ronde

Île Sainte-Hélène, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal, QC  H3C 6A3 T. 514 397-2000  www.laronde.com

La Ronde offers more than 40 rides and attractions, dazzling shows, as well as entertainment. This large amusement park, located close to downtown, produces and presents L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, the annual Montréal International Fireworks Competition. La Ronde also presents its annual Halloween Fright Fest every weekend of October.


Underground Network


The name “the Underground City” refers to the vast network of pedestrian walkways below the city. There are 33 kilometres of connec-ting passageways beneath downtown, with the métro (subway), commuter trains and buses also converging here. The passageways serve a more leisurely purpose as it provides access to 40 entertainment venues and attractions. The concept began in 1962 with the lower level shopping mall in Place Ville Marie. With the coming of Expo 67, Montréal’s dream of a métro finally became reality. The underground went through many stages of development. One of the more spectacular periods was the raising of Christ Church Cathedral on piles, in order to lay the foundations for a shopping centre underneath.


Old Port of Montreal

Entrée Jacques-Cartier, Montréal  Québec, Canada www.vieuxportdemontreal.com

Unique destination in Montréal stretching along the St. Lawrence River for more than 2.5 km (1.5 mi.) and offering varied activities: festivals, concerts, family activities, cruises and excursions, restaurants with terraces, an urban beach, Montréal Science Centre and superb movies at the IMAX TELUS theatre.


Best Beaches


La Plage de l’Horloge

Quai de l’Horloge www.vieuxportdemontreal.com T.  1 800-771-7678  1 800 971-7678

The Clock Tower Beach is located just a few yards away from Old Montreal, this urban beach in Montreal’s Old Port offers ideal vacations’ athmosphere with it’s many chairs, umbrellas and it’s fine sand and a shower for the lack of waves… For a drink between friends or for some quick food there is a bar to accomodate sun bathers. Layed out at the foot of the Clock Tower by internationally recognized landscape architect Claude Cormier (yep, the suspended Balls in the gay village are his creation also), this beach is the best there is between city and leisure and with a relaxed environment.


La Plage du Parc Jean-Drapeau

Île Notre-Dame www.parcjeandrapeau.com T. 514-872-6120

Not too far from the previous urban beach, this one is located at Jean-Drapeau Park, it also has fine sand and a lake to swim in or just relaxe and sun bathe.  If you’d like, you can rent a canoe, a kayak or pedal-boat or can play volleyball with a bunch of friends… 


Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques

20099, boul. Gouin Ouest, Montréal, QC H9K 1C7 T. 514 280-6871 www.ville.montreal.qc.ca

On the northern-western par of the Island of Montreal, this beach on the banks of Two Mountains’ lake wil let you think you’re somewhere on the cost, but you’re still near the city and offers a quiet beach and nice water.




Montréal Rafting

Les Excursions Rapides de Lachine - Rafting Montréal, 8912, boulevard LaSalle, LaSalle (Qc), H8P 1Z9. Mai à octobre, 2016 / May to October 2016. T.  514-767-2230 / 1 800 324-7238 www.raftingmontreal.com

Rafting Montréal has thrilling Rafting, Jet Boat, Tandem Kayak and River Boarding excursions on the impressive waves of Lachine Rapids, a few minutes from downtown Montréal. Make the most of summer and experience the joys of white water in complete safety! This summer, enjoy a unique, refreshing adventure on the St. Lawrence River. 


Centre d'escalade Horizon Roc

2350, rue Dickson, Montréal, QC H1N 3T1 T. 514- 899 5000 www.horizonroc.com

Horizon Roc offers more than 300 routes on over 2,600 m2 (27,000 ft2) of climbable area for climbers of all ages and levels. with surfaces, mo-dules and holds constantly renewed and coming from all over the world. Take a climbing course or come for your climbing training session. You can also experience the Acro - Parc in one of the two adjacent rooms, an indoor high ropes course (Arbre en Arbre style) up to 12 m (40 ft) high including a 25 m zipline! or test your balance on our slacklines.