Welcome to Montreal

Montreal is truly an experience: old world charm, French joie de vivre and a modern style all its own. Montreal, gem of the St. Lawrence, the Paris of North America, la Ville aux cent clochers - like all clichés these phrases both blur and reveal the truth. Founded by French explorers more than 350 years ago, it is among the oldest cities on the continent, its history a rich backdrop to its vibrant multicultural life. Notorious for its harsh winters, Montreal flourishes through a hot, sweet summer enlivened by festivals, street fairs and innumerable terrace cafés where locals and visitors alike eat, drink and socialize. A visit to Montreal can be exciting and fun.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

Old Montreal
St-Antoine St south to the St Lawrence River, Montreal, QC H2Y3B2
Old Montreal is a safe and lively neighborhood. It is located along the St. Lawrence River, five minutes' walk from downtown and just a short walk from the Palais des congrès (convention center). The historical district is a key part of the city's cultural and economic life; around 4,000 people live here, and more than 35,000 travel to it daily to work. Wonderful experiences and unforgettable moments are in store for you in Old Montreal.

Notre-Dame Basilica
110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y1T1
+1 514 842 2925
Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica has nothing in common with Paris's except the name. It's a neogothic building dating from 1829, constructed on the site of a much older and smaller church which had been outgrown by its parishioners. Notre Dame is noted for its lavish and beautiful interior - stained glass windows, paintings, statues, gold-tipped polychrome carvings, rich altarpiece. It also has a notable Casavant organ and its largest bell, le Gros Bourdon, is the biggest on the continent.

Old Port
333 de la Commune Street West, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E2
+1 514 496 7678 / +1 800 971 7678
The Old Port is a large waterfront green space with attractions such as Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Science Center, the Labyrinth, the Clock Tower, and a large outdoor audio-visual stage which is the site for the Canada Day fireworks.

160 Tour-de-l'Île Road, Montreal, QC H3C4G8
+1 514 283 5000
The Biosphere is an exclusive venue to better understand major environmental issues, including those related to water, air, climate change, sustainable development and responsible consumption.

Biodôme de Montreal
4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue, Montreal, QC H1V 1B3
+1 514 868 3000
An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montreal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: the lush and humid Tropical Forest, warm even in the depths of a Montreal winter; the Laurentian Forest, changing with the seasons; the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, replicating the Estuary and the Gulf; the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic.