Mont-Royal Avenue is one of the main arteries of the Plateau. One finds a terrific range of original boutiques with products not seen anywhere else, along with restaurants and cafés that cater to people who enjoy good food and good conversation with friends.
Saint-Laurent Boulevard, also known as “The Main” is one of the most with-it streets in Montréal. It’s where you go to enjoy the rich variety and texture of city life. Take a culinary tour around the globe in its many restaurants. Delight in the creativity of its talented designers. Let yourself go into its bars and clubs. Its authentic personality and architecture are the product of over 300 years of history.
LA FONTAINE PARK
Third largest park in Montreal, her nomination was awarded in honor of Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, who was prime minister of Canada. The site, which was originally a farm, was also used as military practice area before being landscaped by the City of Montreal in 1888. For more than 100 years, this stylish urban park, an intricate part of Montréal’s cultural life, has represented the Plateau’s heritage. Surrounded by Victorian buildings, the park is home to immense trees, picturesque spots, works of public art and two ponds connected by a waterfall.
Located at the crossroads of two major bike paths in Montreal, the House of cyclists is the nerve center of Quebec’s cycling culture. You’ll find a café and, right next door, a boutique offering a wide selection of books, guides, maps and accessories for cyclists.
SPA ESCALE SANTÉ
Spa Escale Santé offers a complete array of massage therapy services of every level of intensity and technique. Your body is a temple. Nurturing your body and spending time on it allows you to connect with yourself. Let their team of professionals spoil you from head to toe! Body therapy, balneotherapy, beauty treatments and thermal experience inspired from Iceland are a rendez-vous.
RUE SAINT-DENIS SAINT-JOSEPH BOULEVARD TO ROY STREET
With its sidewalk cafés, lively bar scene, trendy boutiques and fine restaurants, Saint-Denis Street is an important shopping street. Designers, art shops and bookstores all beckon. And when shopping is done, strollers can rest their feet and watch the world go by from a sunny outdoor café!
THE ECOMUSEE DU FIER MONDE MUSEUM
In an old art deco public bath, the Écomusée tells the history of a Montréal neighbourhood that was one of the birthplaces of Canada's industrial revolution.
International Headquarters of Cirque du Soleil, Tohu is also the National Circus School. Are taking place in the Tohu, circus shows, guided tours, live music, dance and theater shows, festive gatherings and many other activities of any kind.
ST JOSEPH ORATORY OF MOUNT ROYAL
Saint Joseph's Oratory atop Mount Royal is one of the world's most visited shrines. The basilica's huge dome reaches 97 metres and is second only in height to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. The sheer size of it contrasts sharply with its frail founder, Brother André, the humble doorkeeper who had initiated its construction in 1904.
MOUNT ROYAL PARK
Inaugurated in 1876, the splendid Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the highly skilled designer behind New York's Central Park and many other major parks in the U.S. It is an ideal site for admiring a wide variety of plants and birds or for enjoying outdoor activities.
MONTREAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
With an outstanding collection that boasts more than 22,000 species and varieties of plants, the Montréal Botanical Garden is considered one of the world's best gardens.
This Nature Museum invites you to discover the fascinating world of insects. It houses a prestigious collection of several thousand living and preserved insects from every corner of the earth. The Montréal Insectarium is considered the largest of its kind in North America. The most beautiful insects on five continents await you in this museum.
An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montreal Biodome recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem and the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic.
MONTREAL TOWER / OLYMPIC PARK
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city.
THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The attractive and encyclopedic permanent collection of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts brings together works from all continents and all periods. From its new rooms devoted to Napoleon and the First Empire to glass sculptures, arts of Africa and beautiful pre-Colombian art objects, the Museum's collection illustrates the most various aspects of artistic creativity.
MUSÉE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTREAL
Canada's premier museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is a superb place to discover the wealth of Québec creativity and leading international trends. Discover art created by contemporary artists using painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, photography, installation, film and video.
NOTRE-DAME BASILICA OF MONTREAL
A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. The magnificent interior in wood and the boldly modern design of the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel, captivate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history. In the evening a sound and light show presents the founding of Montréal and the Notre-Dame Basilica..
A great way to get a sense of the area is a stroll down charming Rue St. Paul. Begin at Place Jacques Cartier and check out the circus-like buskers and street artists. Start strolling west along Rue St. Paul. Browse through an art gallery or designer boutique, and take note when reaching Saint-Laurent Boulevard (also known as “The Main”), the significant street that divides Montréal into east and west. For years, Saint-Paul Street was Montréal’s main street. Many of the buildings, which date from the 19th century and some of which were warehouses, have been renovated and today serve as boutiques, artists’ studios and even homes.
QUAYS OF THE OLD PORT
Extending over 2.5 km, the recreational and tourist Park at the Quays of the Old Port offers a variety of outdoor activities to suit all tastes, including cruises, tours, exhibitions, terraces and restaurants with view on the river and many other free events. Furthermore, visitors can take part in a range of indoor activities, especially at the Montréal Science Center. And when the temperature dips, the 0.5 km skating rink is the perfect place to skate to the beat of different music styles every night.
From Auberge de la Fontaine, you have an easy access to its many attractions by the Jacques Cartier bridge.
SAINT HELENA ISLAND
Parc Jean-Drapeau's Île Sainte-Hélène is a favourite destination for the many visitors who come to enjoy the Aquatic Complex’s heated swimming pools and water games, the Biosphere’s environment museum, as well as the island heritage buildings including the Stewart Museum and De Lévis Tower. It is also a popular place for music lovers, with its outdoor summer concerts and an ideal area for hosting major Parc events such as the Week-ends du Monde, La Fête des enfants de Montréal, and La fête des Neiges.
La Ronde offers more than 40 rides and attractions, dazzling shows, as well as entertainment. This large amusement park, located close to downtown, produces and presents L’International des Feux Loto-Québec présenté par TELUS, the annual Montréal International Fireworks Competition. La Ronde also presents its annual Halloween Fright Fest every weekend of October.
CASINO DE MONTREAL
Formerly the French and Québec pavilions of Expo 67, the Casino de Montréal offers 120 gaming tables, including Poker Texas Hold'em, and over 3,000 slots machines on five floors of sheer entertainment! It is also home to sumptuous private room L'exécutif, the Casino also offers four restaurants, including Nuances, rated Five Diamonds by CAA/AAA.