Choose one of our Montreal holidays and arrive in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities which is a popular destination for lovers of art and fine dining. Its city streets are perfect for strolling while you shop, with everything from tiny artisan boutiques to exclusive high-end retail and aboriginal folk art.
Nestled along the St. Lawrence River, the city of Montreal, which is actually an island, and was first a centre for the fur trade developed by the French.
Over the years, Montreal has expanded to the second largest city in Canada, with a population of now over 3 million people. Often referred to as the Paris of North America, Montreal is one the oldest cities on the continent. It was discovered over 350 years ago by French Explorers, and has a wide range of historical attractions. For those history buffs, it has a vibrant and exciting nightlife for those young at heart.
As the largest city in French speaking Quebec, Montreal is the cultural epicentre of a fascinating part of Canada and one of the great cultural hubs of the world and houses entertainment for so many different things to do on a Montreal city break. Although it is just 6 hours drive from New York City it will feel like a world away thanks the unique blend of cultures which make this diverse and vibrant city such an appealing holiday destination.
Montreal is home to numerous, fascinating neighbourhoods. When visiting these neighbourhoods, you can browse designer shops, visit trendsetting galleries, or tour the underground pedestrian network.
For those history buffs, visit the Museum Quarter or the Quartier International de Montreal! Here you can visit the peaceful streets of the old city, many cultural treasures, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and much more! One of the most well-known landmarks of Montreal is the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. This building is Gothic Revival architecture, built between 1824 and 1829.
The influence of French culture makes it's way into every aspect of the city: from it's language to it's cuisine. That is not to say that French is the only influence – Canada has always been one of the most progressive countries when it comes to policies of immigration and has a large population made up of people from around the globe. During the summer months, there are many festivals and street fairs, and gastronomes will find some of the world’s top fine dining here.
Love to shop? How about Sainte-Catherine Street? Here you can shop along the 15 kilometre-stretch of major department stores, shops and restaurants.
Looking for a laugh? Why not try out Montreal’s own Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and Museum? Here you can check out a variety of shows or just view the museum.
Montreal’s Annual International Jazz Festival where the streets are closed to traffic and become pedestrian-only streets. The festival features 11 days of entertainment from noon until midnight in the month of July. Here you can experience a wide variety of music and culture, including Jazz, Blues, Latin-Jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African, Reggae, and Contemporary. The jazz festival also features 3000 different artists from 30 different countries, for more than 650 concerts (450 outdoor), 10 free outdoor stages, and 10 concert halls.