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.
The 3-star Gouverneur Hotel Montreal is an attractive option for your stay in Montreal. There are enough rooms here to give you lots of choices. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Montreal Central Station provides public transit connections throughout Montreal. Montreal WTC is one of many fascinating attractions found within the accommodation's vicinity. This area offers several museums, including the popular Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts and Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin. Nearby Palais des Congres is a popular site for conferences and events.
Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal Downtown offers a large selection of rooms for your convenience. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Montreal. Given the proximity of Montreal Central Station, it's easy to arrive here by public transit. La Ronde Amusement Park is not far and offers loads of fun. The nearby Notre Dame is well worth a look. 1.0 km (0.6 miles) away, Bell Centre is a popular tourist attraction.
Holiday Inn Montreal Airport offers a large selection of rooms for your convenience. Book a comfy 3-star room here. The proximity of Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport makes flying into Montreal especially convenient.
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites boasts a rating of 3 stars. You are sure to find a room to your liking, given the vast selection. The nearby Windsor station is a convenient transportation hub. Museum goers will enjoy Redpath Museum and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, both in the property's proximity. Nearby La Ronde Amusement Park offers fun and entertainment. If you come to Montreal for a special event in Mont Royal Centre, note that it is close by.
With a plentitude of rooms, Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Westmount provides abundant choices. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Montreal. Close at hand, the landmarks Mount Royal and The Underground City are useful orientation points. Not to be missed in Montreal are the museums Canadian Centre for Architecture and Museum of Fine Arts. La Ronde Amusement Park, always fun to visit, is close to the property. This location offers easy access to Mont Royal Centre, a popular conference and events arena.
The 4-star rating reflects Hotel Le Crystal Montreal's good quality. The profuse selection of rooms gives you lots of choices. Even if your time in Montreal is short, Atrium Le 1000 or Montreal WTC is well worth visiting. La Ronde Amusement Park is just a short distance from here. Don't miss Museum of Fine Arts and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, both are near this property. Conference facilities nearby include Mont Royal Centre.
All Suites Majestique Downtown offers a large selection of rooms for your convenience. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Montreal. A practical option, as Montreal Central Station can be easily reached from the property. A fun-filled option nearby is La Ronde Amusement Park. Bell Centre is an easy destination. Mont Royal Centre is nearby.
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.
With no more than 20 rooms, Atmosphère B&B is a small boutique establishment. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. Old Montreal, located nearby, is an interesting landmark. Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts is located within walking distance of this property. Highly recommended La Ronde Amusement Park is just a short distance from here. This location offers easy access to Palais des Congres, a popular conference and events arena.
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.
This Montreal Central is rated 2 star(s). Old Montreal, Montreal Vieux-Port and The Underground City are within a short walk from here. Montreal WTC is one of many fascinating attractions found within the accommodation's vicinity. While in Montreal, spend a few hours exploring Montreal Museum of comtemporary and modern arts or Redpath Museum. Palais des Congres conference attendees will appreciate the short distance from here to there.
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.
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