Visiting Montreal, located along the St. Lawrence River in Canada's Quebec Province, is like taking a trip to France. The dominant language is French, sidewalk cafes and pastry shops line the narrow streets in the Old Town, and stone buildings with mansard roofs evoke the look and feel of Paris. In fact, Montreal is often referred to as the "Paris of Canada." Home to more than 1.5 million residents, Montreal offers fascinating vistas, exciting museums and delicious food. There's something for most every taste.
When to visit
Montreal is a great place to escape the heat of the summer in the east coast cities of the United States. The temperature in the city rarely exceeds 80 F (26 C) during June, July and August, and the sun shines most days. However, summer is tourist season, and hotels and attractions can be crowded. For that reason, many prefer to visit during the spring and autumn months.
Montreal has four distinct seasons. The summers can be slightly humid, although the temperatures are milder than is found in most of the United States during that season. Winters are cold, but not too snowy, with much of Quebec Province's snows falling east of the city in the Laurentian Mountains and the City of Quebec.
Average high temperature F/C, average low temperature F/C, average daily precipitation:
• January -- 19/-7, 1/-17, 3.9 in.
• March -- 35/2, 17/-8, 2.81 in.
• May -- 66/19, 43/6, 3.14 in.July -- 78/26, 57/14, 3.81 in.
• September -- 66/19, 45/7, 3.72 in.
• November -- 40/5, 26/-4, 3.94 in.
Strolling along the cobblestone streets of Montreal's Old Town is a must for any visitor. The waterfront is crisp and clear, the cafes and shops have a European flair and the Notre Dame Basilica. Parc Jean Drapeau, located on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, was the site of the 1967 World's Fair and some of the fair buildings, such as the biosphere, are still standing. The park is also the home to the city's casino.
In the winter, the city boasts a number of cross country ski trails as well as free, outdoor ice skating rinks. During the summer, bike rentals are popular and plentiful and make a great way to explore the city.
Montreal offers a number of attractions. Among the favorites are the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, located just outside of the McGill University campus; the Montreal Botanical Garden, with its more than 22,000 different species of plants; and the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, with its many exhibits about Montreal culture. The Rue St. Catherine, a pedestrian street with dozens of restaurants lining both sides of the street, is also an attraction not to be missed.
Tips & Recommendations
• Montreal offers a number of food specialties. Be sure to try the smoked meat sandwich and poutine (french fries with thick, brown gravy.)
• French is the official language in Montreal and Quebec Province. Most of the street signs, store marquees and menus will be in French. Although English is widely spoken, it's a good idea to learn a few words before you travel.
• A valid passport is required to enter Canada. Citizens of countries outside of the United States, the United Kingdom and the EEC countries may also need to obtain a visa at a Canadian embassy or consulate before arriving in Montreal.
• Stores in Montreal are generally closed on Sundays. During the week, stores are open between around 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, often with a hour's lunch break in the middle of the day.
• Montreal's subway system is clean, affordable and efficient. It's the easiest way to navigate the city.
Stay at the 2-star Hôtel Champ-de-Mars and save your money for other travel expenses. Notre Dame is 0.9 km (0.5 miles) from here. Museums in the neighborhood include Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin. La Ronde Amusement Park is close to this property. Several events and conferences take place year-round in the nearby Palais des Congres.
You'll enjoy a touch of opulence at 3-star Le Petit Hotel. Here, you'll find Montreal Vieux-Port and Old Montreal as well as The Underground City, all just a short distance away. Montreal museums are delightful! Spend some time in Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin, or perhaps Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts. The location of nearby La Ronde Amusement Park is one good reason to stay at this accommodation. Nearby is Bell Centre stadium.
Auberge de la Place Royale is a 2-star establishment. Offering no more than 20 rooms, this accommodation offers an intimate setting for your stay. Montreal Central Station connects you to the rest of Montreal. This area offers several museums, including the popular Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin and Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts. La Ronde Amusement Park is a popular attraction you can visit easily from this location. Conference facilities nearby include Palais des Congres.
Budget-friendly Auberge & Hôtel Montréal Espace Confort has a 2-star rating. The number of rooms is low, the quality of personal service is high. A nearby station is Montreal Central Station. Wandering through Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Redpath Museum, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. This location offers excellent proximity to La Ronde Amusement Park. This holiday accommodation is well located for accessing Palais des Congres.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Loft Jacques-Cartier is a good choice. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Montreal. Fun-filled La Ronde Amusement Park is in the vicinity.
The small Parc Suites Hotel offers warmth and hospitality. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. Montreal Central Station is the nearest station to this property. You can walk to The Underground City, Old Montreal and Mount Royal from here. While in Montreal, spend a few hours exploring Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts or Redpath Museum. Booking a room here puts you near Bell Centre.
With its 3 star rating, Holland Hôtel By Simplissimmo guarantees a comfortable stay. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Atrium Le 1000 and Montreal WTC are recommended favorites. Both Museum of Fine Arts and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are quite close. La Ronde Amusement Park is one of several nearby options for fun and entertainment. Sports fans appreciate the property's close proximity to Bell Centre.
In contrast with impersonal corporate hotels, Stay In Montreal offers a more intimate atmosphere. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Montreal. An interesting museum 1.7 km (1.1 miles) away is Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts. La Ronde Amusement Park is one of the attractions near the property.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Atmosphère B&B is more intimate than many Montreal lodgings. Expect 3-3 quality at this property. Nearby, you'll find Old Montreal and Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts. Not far away, La Ronde Amusement Park offers fun times. Several events and conferences take place year-round in the nearby Palais des Congres.
The friendly Bienvenue Bed & Breakfast offers cozy and welcoming accommodations. The 2-star rating indicates the price should be right for budget travelers. Museum goers will enjoy Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Redpath Museum, both in the property's proximity. Why not stop by La Ronde Amusement Park for fun and recreation. If you're in town for a conference, Mont Royal Centre is an easy stroll from here.
Petite Auberge Les Bons Matins B&B has 3 stars. This property is conveniently located near Lucien-L'Allier Station. The famous landmark The Underground City is conveniently close, as are Montreal Vieux-Port and Old Montreal. Even if your time in Montreal is short, Atrium Le 1000 or Montreal WTC is well worth visiting. The nearby Bell Centre is a popular attraction.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized B&B Econo Montreal is a nice place to unwind. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. Fun-filled La Ronde Amusement Park is in the vicinity.
Budget-friendly M Montreal has a 2-star rating. The area is easily accessible thanks to Montreal Central Station's close proximately. The popular attraction Montreal WTC is walking-distance close. Landmarks near this property are Old Montreal, Montreal Vieux-Port and The Underground City. Montreal museums are delightful! Spend some time in Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts, or perhaps Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin.
Given its 2-star class, Samesun Montreal Central gives great value for the price. While staying in Montreal, you might enjoy visiting Montreal WTC. Nearby museum choices include Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Redpath Museum. Experience the thrills of La Ronde Amusement Park. This property is an excellent choice for visitors to Palais des Congres.
The 1-star Hotel Arena Palace Montreal is a smart choice for the budget traveler. You can walk to Old Montreal, Montreal Vieux-Port and The Underground City from here. During your time in Montreal, you might enjoy a trip to La Ronde Amusement Park. Both Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin are quite close. Business visitors appreciate the property's convenient location near Palais des Congres.
With its well-earned 3 stars, Studio BBV is a fine choice. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from Montreal WTC. You'll be centrally located near landmarks such as Old Montreal and Montreal Vieux-Port. Don't miss Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin, both are near this property. One advantage for business travelers is the proximity of Palais des Congres.
The small Château Vieux-Montréal offers warmth and hospitality. Book a comfy 4-star room here. Given the proximity of Montreal Central Station, it's easy to arrive here by public transit. Old Montreal, Montreal Vieux-Port and The Underground City are within a short walk from here. Nearby Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin and Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts are important cultural attractions. Palais des Congres draws many visitors to Montreal for special events.
For easy travel, Grey Nuns Residence is a short distance from Lucien-L'Allier Station. Canadian Centre for Architecture and Museum of Fine Arts are in the neighborhood of this accommodation. Thrill-seekers should consider a visit to La Ronde Amusement Park. Just a short distance away you'll find Mont Royal Centre.
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