Place Jacques-Cartier, next to City Hall, and Place d’Armes, right across from the Notre Dame Basilica and its breathtaking interiors, are the absolute must-see spots in Old Montréal. The nearby museum of Pointe-à-Callière is the best way to get acquainted with the city’s history. The quays of the Old Port, in turn, whose star attraction is the Montréal Science Centre, offer an array of activities, including the highly popular river excursions.
The city as seen through its parks
Another must for visitors: the Olympic Park, which—in addition to its iconic stadium—features the Montréal Tower, the Biodôme and the planetarium (opening in 2013). The nearby Botanical Garden, second largest in the world, unfurls its horticultural wealth and provides a lush green setting for the Insectarium. Mid-river, Parc Jean-Drapeau, home to famous amusement park La Ronde and the Casino, attracts visitors in droves in search of good times. It’s also the site of the yearly Formula 1 Grand Prix.
To be discovered
Winter and summer alike, Montréalers like nothing more than a good festival! Topping the list are the Festival international de jazz, Just for Laughs, Les FrancoFolies, the International des feux Loto-Québec (fireworks competition) and the World Film Festival. But that’s not all—in fact, there are over 130 major events throughout the year!