There are lots of destinations to choose from in Canada, from the wilds of British Columbia to urban Toronto. But one of the places that might not be on the top of your list of places to go, although it should be, is Montreal. This bilingual city in the province of Quebec is one of the best cities in the country, and there are many reasons for that. If you’re planning a trip to Canada but you don’t know where to go, make sure you don’t leave Montreal off your list. From facilities for every budget to an enormous number of events to attend, everyone can find a reason to visit this great Canadian City.
You’ll never be lost for something to do in Montreal. In one year, there are 90 festivals you can attend across the city. They occur all year round too, so you don’t have to visit in the summer. From the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Comedy Festival, there’s music, dance, theatre, and more. Make a visit to the Quartier des Spectacles (the festival quarter) to catch both publicly and privately organized events.
Hotels and Restaurants for Everyone
When you visit some cities, you find that the options for places to stay and eat are limited. Unless you’re rolling in cash, there aren’t many options. But in Montreal, there’s something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cash-strapped backpacker, a budgeting family or someone who has a bit more to spend. You’ll find hotels in Montreal ranging from budget family stays to luxury boutiques. And there are eateries from cafés to high-class restaurants. You can try some Canadian specialities, like poutine, and sample dishes from some of the French-inspired restaurants across the city.
Museums and Culture
There’s plenty of history and culture to explore in this vibrant Canadian city. If you’re a culture vulture or you’re exploring with the family, you’ll find a museum that you enjoy. There are art museums like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, but don’t worry if art isn’t your thing. Places like the Biosphere, Planetarium and Insectarium, are perfect for families with kids – and big kids too, of course.
An Underground City
Don’t worry if it’s too cold above ground to explore; just go underneath it. The RÉSO is a set of connected areas above and below ground around Montreal’s Downtown. There are stores, apartments, hotels, museums and more. In fact, it’s the largest underground complex in the world. You could explore this mini-Montreal for your whole vacation, and even stay in it if you wanted to. There are also metro stations, train stations and a bus station as part of the compound, so it connects you to the rest of the city too. If the weather turns on you, you’ll always have somewhere to hide while still seeing a significant part of Montreal.
So start thinking about booking your vacation to Montreal for a trip packed full of food, festivals and culture. You won’t want to leave once you get to know the city.