16 Best Things to Do in Montreal Canada
Last updated on July 24th, 2018 at 11:35 am
Montreal, with its cobbled streets, impressive architecture, and lively social scenes is arguably the most fascinating city to explore in Canada. From bustling markets to ancient cathedrals and outdoor activities, you will never be short of things to do in Montreal Canada. Whether you’re looking to visit in summer or winter, we’ve put together an extensive travel guide so you can discover all the best that this French-inspired city has to offer.
See the View from Mont Royal Park
The best way to begin the Montreal, Canada travel guide is with a suggestion you can’t afford to neglect. See the best city view from Mont Royal Park. We think that the view is best appreciated in the mornings when the sun is soft and golden. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, get up before sunrise and watch the lighting spread over the city below. Afterward, take a stroll through the city’s famous public park, go for a jog or ride your bike and enjoy some of the most incredible views of downtown Montreal. While you’re here, we recommend a visit to the Smith House and taking your kids to the Beaver Lake. With a playground and a pavilion, it’s one of the most fun things to do in Montreal Canada.
Go on a Local Food Tour
The home of poutine, bagels and, of course, maple syrup, Montreal is nothing if not a city carefully crafted for foodies. Head out on your own and taste your way through the city’s famous foodie hotspots, including Mile End. However, for the best walking food tours, we’d recommend Local Montreal Food Tours as they will allow you to taste your way through the city’s culinary heritage and learn fun facts along the way. For example, did you know that Montreal has more restaurants and eateries per capita than New York City? No matter which tour you choose to go with, albeit unhealthy, eating with the locals is one of our favorite things to do in Montreal Canada. What’s more, you can even get cooking classes from locals with significant discounts by using one of the fantastic Airbnb promo codes!
Spend a Day at the “Beach”
While Montreal is indeed not a city known for its beaches (the nearest one is about an hour’s drive away), the next best thing is the human-made beach at Village at Pied-du-Courant. Since ‘the beach’ is set beneath the Jacques Cartier bridge on the edge of the St. Lawrence River, you can enjoy great company with live music, cocktails and food truck cuisine. With a lively and sociable atmosphere, hitting this human-made beach is one of the most fun things to do in Montreal during the summer months.
Take a Ride on Le Bateau Mouche
It doesn’t get much more romantic than going on a scenic river cruise in a new city, whether you choose to do it at sunrise or sunset. Le Bateau Mouche offers a choice of day cruises and a selection of dinner cruises that provide up to six courses in the summer months. You won’t be left hungry, that’s for sure. There’s even a night cruise that includes a music, light, and sound display experience that we think is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Montreal at night.
Explore the Riverside by Bicycle
Set right on canals of the St. Lawrence River, Ma Bicyclette offers a range of bicycles for hire for those who wish to get around the city on two wheels. The company caters to all ages and all experiences – there are even kids’ and tandem bikes! You’re sure to get your money’s worth here as each bike rental comes with a helmet, bicycle lock, saddle bag and a city map for exploring. With so much to see and do along the canals, a cycling trip is easily one of the most fun things to do in Montreal Canada.
Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
The Montreal Botanical Garden, also known as the Jardin Botanique de Montreal, is a 75-hectare green space filled with lush gardens, ten, and gorgeous water features. With as many as 200 different species of birds and 22,000 different species of