Montreal is almost synonymous with happiness – a city of festivals and arts, with a food scene to rival anywhere else in North America. You’ve got to try the poutine (a simple mix of chips, cheese curds and gravy), as well as the variety of patisseries, delis, English pubs and food markets. If you’re looking to unwind, you’ll find bars with bowling alleys, late-night eateries and plenty of productions courtesy of 250 different theatre and dance companies.
What to Do in Montreal
- Let your hair down at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
- Visit the famous Notre-Dame Basilica to marvel at the array of carved wood, gilded sculptures, paintings and stained glass.
- Head to Atwater Market, just off Canal de Lachine, to sample the fresh produce from local farms, including excellent wines, breads and cheeses.
- Stroll to the Oratoire Saint-Joseph, a Renaissance-style building with a tall oratory dome, providing far-reaching views over the northern slope of Mont Royal.
- Check out Montreal’s Old Port, with its four grand quays and lively strollers, cyclers, inline skaters and boaters.
Montreal Travel Tips
The best time to book your Montreal flights for is summer – keep an eye on the festival schedule. Visas aren’t needed for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, as well as a few other countries.