Top 10 Things to See in Montreal

Montreal (Fr., Montréal) is the second largest city in Canada after Toronto.
The Top Ten
1 Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Place Jacques-Cartier is the heart of Old Montreal. It's a square closed off to traffic and is a great spot for various street performers, including musicians, clowns, and magicians.

Also, in Old Montreal, one can see some of the finest examples of European architecture. There are many restaurants, shops, and museums.

2 Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montréal)

This isn't a usual botanical garden. The Montreal Botanical Garden tells stories because there are amazing living sculptures (horticulture works of art).

3 Notre-Dame Basilica

It's one of the most renowned examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world, built between 1824 and 1829. Rare wood carvings, stained glass windows, wonderful colors, and religious statues fill the inside of Notre-Dame Basilica. This beautiful building is associated with the Roman Catholic denomination.

4 Underground City (RÉSO)

This is a series of interconnected office towers, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes, convention halls, universities, and performing arts venues that form the heart of Montreal's central business district, aka Downtown Montreal. It's called Underground City because of the underground connections between the buildings that compose the network. This network is completely integrated with the city's subway (Métro), an entirely subterranean rapid transit system. It's very convenient, especially when outside is extremely cold. In the underground city, it's warm and you can spend a whole day wearing a T-shirt.

5 Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal)

This is the largest church in Canada and the third-largest of its kind in the world after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire and Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Saint Joseph's Oratory was completed in 1967 and can hold 10,000 people. The church has several levels. It's a Roman Catholic basilica, and its architectural style is Italian Renaissance.

It was named after St. Joseph, who was known to perform miracles. The Oratory hosts over 2 million visitors each year, many of whom come looking for healing.

6 Olympic Park (Parc olympique)

The Olympic Stadium is located in this park and has the tallest leaning tower in the world at 175.5 m (576 ft).

7 Old Port of Montreal (Vieux-Port de Montréal)

A historic port stretching for over two kilometers along the Saint Lawrence River in Old Montreal. The port dates back to the 1600s when it was used as a trading spot. There are many really old ships. These days, it is home to private, freight, and cruise ships.

Also, walking along the river is very pleasant. In winter months, there are ice fishing villages built on the ice.

8 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a motor racing circuit, located in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Formula 1 fans know it. Gilles Villeneuve was an F1 driver.

9 Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal)

A very pleasant place to spend a whole day.

10 La Ronde Amusement Park
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11 Habitat 67

Habitat 67 is a housing complex built for the World's Fair 1967 (Expo 67), now considered to be a world-famous architectural landmark. This apartment complex has a very interesting style and was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.

12 Bell Centre
13 Parc Jean-Drapeau
14 Canadian Railway Museum
15 Centre Eaton Montreal
16 L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
17 Plateau Mont-Royal
18 Montreal International Jazz Festival
19 Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame
20 Biodome de Montreal
21 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal)
22 Jean-Talon Market
23 Chinatown
24 Little Italy
25 Gay Village
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