You can, of course, discover Montréal through one of the many tours available in the city.
We suggest you try the Hop-on, Hop-off tour, though. It offers the pleasure of a guided tour and the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace. The boarding station is just next door to the Hotel in front of the Basilica. Plus tickets are valid for 2 days!
For Art lovers:
Montreal features a great number of museums covering a wide range of cultural and artistic interests, most notably the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (MBAM) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC). You will also enjoy walking around Old Montreal where you can find many Art galleries featuring the diverse works of local artists.
For nature lovers:
One of the main attractions in Montreal is the Parc du Mont-Royal. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of New-York’s Central Park, it sits on top of the Mont-Royal mountain, in the heart of Montréal, and offers a breathtaking view of the city. By bike or by foot, discover the beauties of the park, from Beaver Lake to the Mount-Royal Cross all the way to the Chalet at the summit.
For a more exotic adventure, you can experience the tropical rainforest and its fauna, within Montreal’s Biodôme, then go for a relaxing stroll in the gardens of the Jardin Botanique right next door. And while you’re there, why not go to the top of the adjacent Olympic Stadium for a 360º view of the city?
For a spiritual experience:
Montreal has a very rich and intricate religious history; its territory is dotted by more than 350 churches. One of the most famous ones is the Notre-Dame Basilica, which sits across the street from the Hotel and is a must see. Very ornate and bathed in blue, it is not a replica of the one in Paris. It features magnificent organ concerts and a light show.
Another sanctuary worth visiting is the Oratoire St-Joseph next to the Parc du Mont-Royal. It sits at the top of a hill and features an impressive dome overlooking the city (the 3rd largest chruch dome in the world). Tradition has it that devout worshippers climb the 99 wooden stairs to the entrance, on their knees, hoping for a miracle. Every Sunday morning, the Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal, one of the world’s most famous boys’ choirs, enchant the souls at the 11 o’clock mass.
Montreal has a very rich cultural scene and Montrealers revel in the multitude of free venues available to them year-round. The city beats to the rhythm of its multiple festivals like the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Just for Laughs Festival, the FrancoFolies (largest French music festival in the world) or Montréal en Lumières (largest winter festival in the world).
During your stay, swing by the Place des Festivals, the bloc at the heart of most Festivals, home of the Place des Arts and the Maison symphonique concert hall, which has recently inaugurated its brand new Casavant organ. And don’t forget to catch a show at the Rialto, an architectural marvel with an Old continent feel, which has recently been refurbished to highlight its historic assets.
Nightlife and entertainment:
Montrealers know how to party! Whatever you’re into, we’ve got you covered.
Want to titillate your senses? Explore the Jean-Talon public market in Little Italy. Looking for a relaxed evening? Have a drink in the Plateau or Mile End area where you’ll find a variety of local pubs and lounges to suit all tastes. For the jazzy crowd, find a jazz bar on St-Denis or Ste-Catherine and let yourself be serenaded by our local artists. As for the party scene, check out the nightclubs on Crescent street, or head to the Gay village for an alternative evening.
And, if you’re feeling lucky, head to the Casino de Montréal on Notre-Dame island just off the Jacques-Cartier bridge.
For the young at heart:
Guests with children or teens can choose from a variety of family activities. Spend the day at La Ronde on St-Helen island, one of the biggest theme parks in the country. Or, for the more adventurous type, try defying the laws of gravity at Skyventure, the first indoor freefall simulator in Canada. And for the outdoorsy, grab your swimsuits and head over to the Lachine rapids to ride the large standing waves and practice your white water rafting skills.