Montréal is a beautiful destination with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Stroll around Vieux Montréal — its historic centre — to see the city's oldest building, fort wall remnants, street performers, and even an urban beach. Visit Pointe-à-Callière Museum, which is home to more than a million artefacts, and take a look at the Gothic Notre-Dame Basilica. With walking, cycling and rafting tours, you can explore every part of this forward-thinking city. Climb volcanic mountain, Mont Royale; shop at the large commercial centre, Underground City; or have fun at amusement park, La Ronde.
The city has one of the country's best drinking and dining scenes, featuring everything from steakhouses and jazz bars, to gourmet French restaurants and speciality cocktail bars. With its energetic nightlife and entertainment venues, Montréal is a perfect holiday destination both day and night.
A good time to visit Montréal is from June to September, due to the nice weather, average temperatures of about 25°C, and lots of festivals. There are plenty of exciting sports to enjoy in winter, too — but remember that it's very cold!
Montréal has lots of sightseeing tours, art galleries and museums to enjoy. Take a walk up Mont Royal for views of the city, visit one of many colourful markets, and see the Gothic-style Notre-Dame Basilica. Mile End is a popular shopping avenue with a range of fashion stores, while Space for Life is a great place to learn about the country's ecosystems and wildlife. Old Montréal is filled with historic landmarks, too. See the city's first skyscraper and the country's oldest permanent bank before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride. You can also take a wine tour, visit the city's botanical garden, and enjoy cycling, picnicking and tobogganing at Parc du Mont-Royal.
Montréal's dining scene provides a great blend of cuisines and venues. L'Express offers French meals including steak tartare and duck foie gras, as well as a selection of vintage wines. Carte Blanche offers a traditional menu of dishes, such as shepherd's pie and seared scallops, while La Lavanderia is the place to go for Argentinian cuisine. Casual restaurants include Majestique, serving gourmet hot dogs, Brasserie Harricana, offering craft beers and tavern snacks, and Pizzeria 900.
At night, Montréal also comes alive with music and entertainment. Modavie is a popular jazz club, while Mimi La Nuit, Le Comptoir and Le Vin Papillon are top wine bars. Try one of the city's many lounges for a laid-back atmosphere — such as Suite 701, Bacchus and L'Appartement — or have a signature martini at Le Piano Rouge piano bar. During summer, there are lots of festivals that run into the evening, including Francofolies and Jazz Fest, while winter brings exciting hockey games that are perfect for family entertainment!
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.
You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.