Sights & Landmarks


Sights & Landmarks in Montreal

  • Old Montréal contains the vast majority of historical buildings, most dating from the 17th - 19th century, and many museums. At night several of the buildings are beautifully lit up. A Tourist Office brochure lays out a walking map. Consider following it once during the day, and again at night.
  • Le Plateau combines scenic residential streets with hip shopping and dining.
  • Downtown Skyscrapers, McGill campus, churches, and museums. Several blocks are connected by 30 km of underground arcades and malls, allowing comfortable walking and shopping when the weather is foul.
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau, site of the 1967 World's Fair, now devoted to green spaces and a large outdoor concert venue. The Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit, home of the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix. An artificial beach, a huge outdoor pool complex, and the Montreal Casino are also located on or around the park.
  • A few kilometres Metro ride to the north, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve offers the Olympic Stadium,Insectarium, Jardin Botanique, and Biodôme. Allow four hours to see all four.
  • Churches - Montreal is home to four Roman Catholic basilicas, all of which have interiors that are among the most impressive in North America. Downtown Montreal is home to Saint Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph), the largest church in Canada, Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral(Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde) and Saint Patrick's Basilica(Basilique Saint-Patrick), which was built to serve Montreal's Anglophone Catholic community. In Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica(Basilique Notre-Dame) at Place d'Armes is undoubtedly the most famous in Montreal, and is known throughout the world for its lavishly decorated and colourful interior. Although rather small and not a basilica, another church of note in Old Montreal is the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours) near the Bonsecours Market, the first church to be founded in Montreal, which is known for its maritime theme and beautiful frescoes on the inside.
  • Rialto Theatre5723 ave du Parc. The Rialto Theatre is one of the most iconic buildings of Montreal. Its graceful proportions and elegant details are a delight to behold. For too long the theatre had laid dormant and unused. Recently, it has been reanimated and revitalized. It is a center for the performing arts: open and inclusive, multilingual and multicultural, grounded in the present yet not afraid to wink at the past. The Rialto hosts tours, events, plays, bands, movies and more.
  • Mosaicultures internationales, seasonal


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