Montreal, Canada is one of the most unique cities to visit. Montréal is the largest city in Canada’s Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. It has so much to offer regardless of what your personal preferences are. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighborhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal to bohemian Plateau. there is definitely something here for you to enjoy, and if you’re planning a trip, here’s some help. Read on to discover 6 cool hidden gems that you should consider visiting while you’re in town.
6 Things to do in Montreal
Montreal is my favorite city in Canada and being born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver- I’ve been to a lot of them. I have lots of family that live in Quebec and my sister went to university in Montreal so I’ve had a chance to visit quite a few times. The thing I love about Montreal and the whole province of Quebec for that matter is that when you visit, it feels like you are in Europe or another foreign country all without even leaving Canada.
Jeanne-Mance Park: A Green Space Within the City
Not a city person? You can still enjoy a bit of green that Montreal has to offer at the Jeanne-
Mance Park. Spread over 1,531,639 square feet, this park packs in a lot apart from the greenery-
a skating rink, a paddling pool, a tennis and soccer court and even a fun playground for toddlers.
Tech and Food at La SAT
Originally a laboratory which was created to inspire creators develop new advancements in
networks and virtual reality, today La SAT has undergone a major transformation and how!
Today, you can get there and immerse yourself in a 360 degree experience that’s focused on
technology, and grab a bite (with some good music in the background) while you’re at it.
Explore Redpath Museum
Redpath museum is one of the oldest museums in Canada, but that’s not the only reason you
should get here. You’ll find some of the most interesting artifacts ever seen here, covering every
field from geology to anthropology. There’s also a massive dinosaur skeleton, which is the
museum’s main attraction, followed by marine life enclosed in glass cylinders and fossils
encased in rocks.
Hit the Jean-Talon Farmer’s Market
There’s nothing quite like visiting a local market to truly discover a place, and when you’re in
Montreal, the best way to do that is to get to the Jean-Talon market. Here you’ll find some of the
most fresh local foods offered by some 150+ vendors in a 220,000 square feet space. There’s
fresh seafood, delicious meats and cheeses, pasta, bakery items and even giant mushrooms,
crepes and the infamous baklava.
Find Cool Treasures at The Marche St-Michel
And since we’re talking about markets, let’s talk about flea markets too, shall we? The Marché
St-Michel is another place worth getting to, with its organized chaos. The place is a literal
treasure house of amazing items- everything from vintage toys to ancient furniture and old
books- there’s literally something for everyone.
Check Out the Biosphere
If architectural elements are what you fancy, you absolutely won’t regret visiting Montreal’s
Biosphere- a 20 story tall dome left over from 1967’s World Fair Exposition. Get there to gawk
at exhibits of actual spaceships strategically placed within a shiny half-sphere. What’s even more
fascinating is the fact that the dome supposedly survived two major disasters- a fire and an ice
storm, and it still stands strong today.
FAQ’s About Montreal
Try some of these dishes while visiting Montreal:
A Smoked Meat Sandwich at Schwartz’s.
Gnocchi at Drogheria Fine.
Bagels at Fairmont.
Bagels at St. Viateur.
Soft-Serve at Kem CoBa.
Ice Cream at Ripples.
Poutine at La Banquise.
Foie Gras Poutine at Au Pied de Cochon.
The best times to visit Montreal are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is milder and hotel rates are cheaper. But aside from fluctuating rates, you’ll discover that there really isn’t a bad time to visit.
As for which to see, both cities are very different. Montreal is much larger, more cosmopolitan, many more places to explore, eat & shop. Quebec City is much smaller, it’s old town much larger and more picturesque and Montreal’s. The surrounding countryside is also easier to get to from Quebec City, with idyllic Ile d’ Orleans nearby to Charlevoix country along the St. Lawrence about 90 miles away.
Don’t know any French? Not to worry – Montreal is in Canada where English is the most common language. Montreal is also in Quebec however where English is not the most common language, it’s French. Almost everyone in Quebec can speak English and you should have no trouble getting by- especially in the popular downtown areas.