Montreal Tourist Attractions

Situated on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a vibrant Canadian city with an abundance of historic sites and buildings. It's regarded to be the cultural centre of Canada. Montreal offers a wide range of museums, art galleries, historic districts and beautiful parks for you to explore. During the warmer months of the year you can enjoy sightseeing along the extensive network of bicycle paths with a BIXI Bike rental.

Below you'll find information, pictures and videos to help you decide what destinations and sights to see in Montreal during your visit. We provide all the information you need to get to each attraction on public transit including walking directions from the nearest Metro station.

To start with, we suggest visiting some of Montreal's top tourist attractions including Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal and the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Parks, Gardens and Views

Montreal Botanical Garden Montreal Botanical Garden

Nearest Metro Station: Pie-IX

One of the attractions in an area called A Space for Life, the Montreal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the top such gardens anywhere in the world. There is no question that these stunning gardens ...... read more

Ile de la Visitation Ile de la Visitation

Nearest Metro Stations: Henri Bourassa

Montreal has numerous nature parks, but the Ile de la Visitation Nature Park has the added bonus of being easy to access by public transit. If you are a nature lover you are certain to enjoy exploring this very picturesque park. ..... read more

Ile Sainte-Helene and Parc Jean-Drapeau Ile Sainte-Helene and Parc Jean-Drapeau

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

Ile-Sainte-Helene along with Ile Notre-Dame comprise Parc Jean-Drapeau named after the mayor of Montreal who was instrumental in bringing the 1967 World's Fair to Montreal. Within the park there are many popular attractions ...... read more

Lachine Canal National Historic Site Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Nearest Metro Stations: Angrignon (Western Portion) | Charlevoix (Eastern Portion)

The Lachine Canal has a rich history and it played a vital role in the growth and development of Montreal. Contemplated as far back as 1689 as a means to allow ships to navigate past the ...... read more

Montreal Dinner CruiseMontreal Dinner Cruise

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes

Being located on an island makes Montreal an ideal city explore from the water. A romantic dinner cruise on the Cavalier Maxim is sure to be a major highlight of your vacation in Montreal. ..... read more

Old Port of Montreal - Longueuil FerryOld Port of Montreal - Longueuil Ferry

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars‎

The Old Port of Montreal - Longueuil Ferry operates seasonally from mid May through mid October transporting passengers across the Saint Lawrence River to Longueuil. The ferries provide an ideal way to enjoy ...... read more

Parc JarryParc Jarry

Nearest Metro Station: Station de Castelnau

Jarry Park is a beautiful place to escape the bustle of the city any time of the year. The 89 acre park offers a wide variety of sporting facilities, but is also ..... read more

Parc LafontaineParc Lafontaine

Nearest Metro Station: Sherbrooke

Lafontaine Park is considered by some to be the best of Montreal's large parks. Whether or not you agree, it is definitely a very picturesque park with plenty to offer. ..... read more

Parc du Mont-RoyalParc du Mont-Royal

Nearest Metro Stations: Mont-Royal | Peel

Spread over a mountain in the centre of the city is Parc du Mont-Royal, the most famous of Montreal's parks. From the upper portions you can enjoy unsurpassed views of ..... read more

Olympic Park Stadium and Tower Olympic Park

Nearest Metro Station: Pie-IX

Olympic Park in Montreal is part of a larger greenspace that includes the Montreal Botanical Garden and Maisonneuve Park. The focal point of the park is the Olympic Stadium and Tower ...... read more

Museums, Galleries and Science

BiodomeBiodome

Nearest Metro Station: Viau

The Montreal Biodome is a space where visitors can explore a total of four different eco-systems found in North and South America in a comfortable indoor setting. It offers visitors a fun and interesting way to ..... read more

Biosphere MontrealBiosphere

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

The Biosphere is fascinating as both a renowned Montreal landmark and as a unique museum that will please visitors of all ages. There are a variety of permanent exhibits located both inside and outside this gigantic steel tube dome that will ..... read more

Canadian Railway Museum Canadian Railway Museum

Nearest Metro Stations: Bonaventure | Lucien-L'Allier

The Canadian Railway Museum, usually referred to as Exporail, is loaded with exhibits showcasing the history of the railroad both in Canada and internationally. It is owned by the Canadian ..... read more

Canadian Centre for ArchitectureCanadian Centre for Architecture

Nearest Metro Stations: Guy-Concordia | Georges-Vanier

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is home to one of the world's biggest research collections in the field of architecture. There are various publications, conceptual studies, drawings and plans, pictures and models and ...... read more

Montreal-History-CentreMontreal History Centre

Nearest Metro Station: Square-Victoria

On the ground floor of the Montreal History Centre you can browse the permanent display which promotes the various events, places and residents of Montreal which have been important in the history of that city. There are ..... read more

Chateau Ramezay MuseumChateau Ramezay Museum

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

The Chateau Ramezay Museum, housed in a Chateau built in 1705 for the governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay, is a museum dedicated to conserving the heritage of Montreal life and development. ..... read more

Montreal Botanical Garden Montreal Botanical Garden

Nearest Metro Station: Pie-IX

One of the attractions in an area called A Space for Life, the Montreal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the top such gardens anywhere in the world. There is no question that these stunning gardens ...... read more

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel | Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel built in 1771 is a magnificent building, both inside and out. It is also home to a museum that revolves around its history and a archaeological site below ..... read more

McCord Museum of Canadian HistoryMcCord Museum of Canadian History

Nearest Metro Station: McGill

The McCord Museum of Canadian History is a public research and educational museum. It is dedicated to preserving, studying and otherwise appreciating Canadian history. The museum was founded in ..... read more

Montreal Science Centre Montreal Science Centre

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes

Located on a pier in the Old Port of Montreal, the Montreal Science Centre encourages you to touch and interact with the exhibits ..... read more

Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsMontreal Museum of Fine Arts

Nearest Metro Station: Père Lachaise‎ Station

The world of fine art is rather a strange one. It allows you a glimpse into the minds of some of the world's greatest artists. The Musee des Beaux Arts allows you to take that look into the ..... read more

Museum of Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art

Nearest Metro Station: Place-des-Arts

The Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal is the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in Canada. The inauguration of the new building in 1992 saw ..... read more

McGill UniversityMcGill University | Redpath Museum

Nearest Metro Station: McGill

The Redpath Museum at McGill University is a research museum featuring an extensive collection of artefacts and fossils pertaining to the evolution of life, world cultures, and ..... read more

Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium

Nearest Metro Station: Viau

During your visit to Montreal, why not go all out and take a trip into the outer reaches of space with a mesmerizing visit to the modern new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium? ..... read more

Pointe-a-Calliere MuseumPointe-a-Calliere Museum of Archaeology and History

Nearest Metro Stations: Champs-Elysees - Clemenceau | Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Invalides

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum has a number of fascinating exhibits for you to see. Take a look at where Montreal was born with an archaeological dig in an underground room. Take a trip back in time with their ..... read more

Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site

Nearest Metro Station: Champs-de-Mars

This spectacular Montreal landmark has a rich history. The complex contains a military museum, military hospital and retirement residence for veterans. The entire complex including the dome is remarkable both inside and out. ..... read more

Stewart Museum at the Fort Stewart Museum at the Fort

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

When visiting the Fort de l'Île Sainte-Hélène and the Stewart museum one can almost hear the words of the Canadian national anthem bouncing off the walls with pride as the fort protects and houses a large collection of Canadian history. ..... read more

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Recommended Tour

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $115.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Visit the historic heart of French Canada on this day trip from Montreal to Quebec City. On your sightseeing tour, see famous landmarks including Place Royale, Notre Dame Basilica, the Parliament Building, Montmorency Falls and the Plains of Abraham as you explore quaint narrow streets filled with old-world charm, and learn about the city’s fascinating French-Canadian history from your guide. Enjoy free time to walk through Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take a scenic cruise on the St Lawrence River during the months of May through October!

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Landmarks and Architecture

Notre Dame Basilica Notre Dame Basilica

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes

One of Montreal's most impressive historical sites is the Basilica of Notre-Dame. Referred to as a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, both the outside and inside of the Basilica are displays of ..... read more

Biosphere MontrealBiosphere

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

The Biosphere is fascinating as both a renowned Montreal landmark and as a unique museum that will please visitors of all ages. There are a variety of permanent exhibits located both inside and outside this gigantic steel tube dome that will ..... read more

Bonsecours Market Bonsecours Market

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

This beautiful and majestic Palladian style structure with its distinctive silver dome looks out over the Old Port of Montreal. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Montreal. ...... read more

McGill UniversityMcGill University | Redpath Museum

Nearest Metro Station: McGill

As a visitor to Montreal you may want to visit McGill University just to witness the great architecture of its historic old buildings, or you may wish to visit the Redpath Museum, one of the oldest in ..... read more

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel | Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel | Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel built in 1771 is a magnificent building, both inside and out. It is also home to a museum that revolves around its history and a archaeological site below ..... read more

Olympic Park Stadium and Tower Olympic Park Stadium and Tower

Nearest Metro Station: Pie-IX

Olympic Stadium and the attached Montreal Tower are a highly recognized Montreal landmark visible from miles away. From the top of the tower visitors can enjoy an expansive view. ...... read more

Oratoire St Joseph  CathedralOratoire St Joseph

Nearest Metro Station: Côte-des-Neiges

What a majestic sight the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is, as it towers over plush and meticulously kept gardens. The long road which leads one towards the entrance allows ..... read more

Place Jacques-CartierPlace Jacques-Cartier

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

Place Jacques Cartier is a public space which boasts Montreal culture especially during the summer months. Archaeologists have found that it has been a gathering place for many more years than ..... read more

St. Patrick's Basilica St. Patrick's Basilica

Nearest Metro Station: Square-Victoria

Saint Patrick's Basilica has historic links with the Irish community of Canada and is the oldest English speaking Roman Catholic church in Montreal. ..... read more

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Recommended Tour

Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $56.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

See the best of Montreal on this sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Aboard a coach, admire more than 200 top Montreal attractions and landmarks while enjoying live commentary, letting you learn about the sights you see. Highlights including Old Montreal, Olympia Park, Notre-Dame Basilica and St Joseph's Oratory. This is an easy, comfortable way to soak up the unique French character of this charming Canadian city!

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Historic Districts and Neighbourhoods

Boulevard St-LaurentBoulevard St-Laurent

Nearest Metro Station: Saint-Laurent | Place-d'Armes

Whether it is shopping for high-end garments, eating street food or dining at posh restaurants, listening to live music or dancing the night away you are sure to get your needs met on ..... read more

Chinatown Chinatown

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes

Most major cities in the world have a Chinatown and so does Montreal, albeit a much smaller one in comparison to most big cities. Chinatown sprang up on La Gauchetière Street and surrounding streets when Chinese immigrants ..... read more

Lachine Canal National Historic Site Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Nearest Metro Stations: Angrignon (Western Portion) | Charlevoix (Eastern Portion)

The Lachine Canal has a rich history and it played a vital role in the growth and development of Montreal. Contemplated as far back as 1689 as a means to allow ships to navigate past the ...... read more

Latin-QuarterLatin Quarter

Nearest Metro Stations: Berri-UQAM | Sherbrooke

The Latin Quarter has been a drawing card for artists, musicians and performing artists of all kinds as they seek out a bit of fame for themselves ..... read more

Little Italy Little Italy

Nearest Metro Station: de Castelnau

What would you expect to find in the French part of Canada? Well, Le Petite Italie of course! And, where there is a community of Italians, restaurants and markets are sure to be the main attraction. Located in the ..... read more

Mile End Mile End

Nearest Metro Stations: Laurier | Rosemont

Mile-End has been the home to a mix match of cultures since the 80s. This neighbourhood is home to musicians, movie makers, writers, artists, illustrators and computer game developers. It is...... read more

Place Jacques-CartierPlace Jacques-Cartier

Nearest Metro Station: Champ-de-Mars

Place Jacques Cartier in Old Montreal is one of Montreal's most unique and popular public spaces, Place Jacques Cartier is a public space which boasts Montreal ..... read more

Rue Bernard Rue Bernard

Nearest Metro Station: Outremont

For those of you who prefer a relaxed type of holiday, which includes strolls down picturesque shady streets, long lunches in terraced restaurants, people watching on park benches or leisurely sipping on a cup of tea or coffee, then Rue Bernard is the place for you. ..... read more

Old MontrealOld Montreal

Nearest Metro Stations: Victoria Square | Place-d'Armes | Champ-de-Mars

You will really enjoy the charming Old European atmosphere as you stroll the streets of Old Montreal the historical birthplace of the city. ..... read more

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Recommended Tour

Old Montreal Walking Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $25.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Experience the history and progression of Old Montreal on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Follow a guide into off-the-path courtyards and see where the city started in the almost forgotten Place Royale. Stroll through the bustling squares of Place Jacques-Cartier and Place d’Armes, and pass by renovated historic warehouses in Old Port and on rue de la Commune, home to swanky restaurants and tech start-ups. On this tour, see the best of both east and west Old Montreal.

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Theatre, Sports and Entertainment

Bell CentreBell Centre

Nearest Metro Stations: Bonaventure | Lucien-L'Allier

Bell Centre is the hub of entertainment and sports and is located on Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal. This complex is used for both sporting and cultural gatherings. ..... read more

Montreal CasinoMontreal Casino

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

Easy to access by a combination of the Metro and a shuttle bus, Casino de Montreal is the place where those who love games of chance can find a really good time. ..... read more

Centaur TheatreCentaur Theatre

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes‎

The Centaur Theatre never fails to disappoint when it comes to their offerings of live English theatre plays. ...... read more

Telus IMAX Vieux Port MontrealTelus IMAX Vieux Port Montreal

Nearest Metro Station: Place-d'Armes

Imagine a shark swimming right past your face or taking a dive into the top of a volcano, the IMAX Theatre in Montreal Old Port provides these types of thrills from the comfort of your seat. ..... read more

La Ronde Amusement ParkLa Ronde Amusement Park

Nearest Metro Station: Jean-Drapeau

Montreal has the second largest amusement park in Canada called La Ronde. This amusement park is situated on the eastern tip of Saint Helen's Island and is ..... read more

Molson Stadium Molson Stadium

Nearest Metro Stations: McGill | Square-Victoria

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium is an outdoor stadium is situated near the base of Mount Royal on the McGill University Campus just north of downtown Montreal. It is home to the Montreal Alouette CFL team. ...... read more

Olympic Stadium Olympic Stadium

Nearest Metro Station: Pie-IX

An iconic Montreal landmark, Olympic Stadium hosts a wide variety of notable games, concerts and events. It boasts the largest seating capacity of any stadium in the country. ...... read more

Place des ArtsPlace des Arts

Nearest Metro Station: Place-des-Arts

Place De Arts is a cultural complex that offers visitors the opportunity to attend various artistic and musical productions ranging from ballet, opera, symphonies, dance and theatre shows. The complex houses..... read more

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