Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is one of the most unique, eclectic, interesting, and fun cities in the world. With a rich history, an incredible amount of good food, and over a million interesting people, there are so many places to see and so much stuff to check out in the myriad of diverse neighborhoods in the city. Here are ten fun things to do in Montreal.
Regardless of the time of year, the view of the city from the top of Mont-Royal is breathtaking. It’s worth the hike up the mountain. Before embarking on the walk, fuel up at Lola Rosa and be sure to check the drawers of your table for sweet surprises. During the walk, you can stop to check out the wildlife, skate at Beaver Lake, or go on a snowshoe excursion. Once you get to the top of Mont-Royal, you can hang out in the chalet or just take in the view.
2. Bota Bota
Unwind at the popular floating spa Bota Bota. Anchored in the St. Lawrence River in Montreal’s Old Port, Bota Bota boasts a water circuit that is as relaxing as it is energizing. The healing benefits of this wonderful place are only amplified by the charming and comfortable atmosphere. Passengers can partake in massages, saunas, and hot and cold pools among many other services.
Feel like a kid again at amusement park Laronde. This exciting spot has it all, with rides, shows, events, food, and shopping. You can purchase one-day tickets or season passes to come back as much as you’d like. Built as an entertainment complex for Expo 67, the 1967 world fair, Laronde is now owned and operated by Six Flags.
4. Atwater Market
Open year-round, Atwater Market is known for its produce, cheese, butcher shop, and horticultural center. The summer months bring fresh fruit, a garden market bursting with flora, and oysters from all around the country. When the cold hits, walls are erected so that you can shop indoors, away from the snow and wind.
5. Gibeau Orange Julep
Instagram-able roadside attraction The Gibeau Orange Julep is a giant orange-shaped restaurant that is serving up really good fast food, including fries, hot dogs and creamy orange drinks that have developed a reputation in the city for being some of the best quick eats in the area.
6. Jean-Drapeau Park
Only a five-minute drive from downtown, the exceptional Jean-Drapeau Park is a favorite hangout spot for many. When it’s warmer outside you’ll see people lounging on the grass, listening to music – like live drumming happening a few feet away – or having a picnic. There always seems to be an event going on in this area, especially with its diverse cultural and sports programming.
7. Old Montreal
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The Old Port is Montreal’s historical district, boarding the St Lawrence River. Home to many of the city’s best restaurants and bars, it attracts lots of visitors. Day or night, you’ll find so much to see and do in this area. From the charm of the cobblestone streets to the numerous vendors and artists showcasing their work, it’s one place in Montreal you don’t want to miss out on.
If you’re in Montreal, you need to eat some poutine! They even have a whole week devoted to the classic Canadian dish comprised of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds. It’s easy to find a restaurant that has poutine on their menu, but some favorites include La Banquise (pictured above) and Poutiveville. If you want to go for fancier options, there’s Garde Manger and Au Pied de Cochon.
9. Vintage Shops
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Vintage shopping is a popular pastime in the city. There are countless stores in Montreal offering gently used goods from yesteryears. Eva B is a cool shop featuring new and vintage clothing, costume rentals, a bistro and bar, and a stage for events. Citizen Vintage provides a sustainable alternative to buying new clothing by recycling older pieces and materials. Annex Vintage is a vintage clothing store along with being an independent design shop.
10. Just for Laughs
When in Montreal, be sure to take in a comedy show. The city is home to Just for Laughs is a renowned and beloved comedy festival. Since being founded in 1983, it has become the largest international comedy festival in the world. Check out what comedians are in town and get ready for a good time.