From the cobblestone streets and the soaring architecture of the Notre-Dame Basilica, to the bistro tables crowding the sidewalks, you might think you’re in a European city, untouched by time. Montréal is truly the best of both worlds, where the charm and romance of the past meets the multicultural energy of the future. Foodies will delight in the cozy bistros and classic fare, such as Montréal bagels, smoked meats, and poutine, not to mention the five-star restaurants. To work it off, hike up Mount Royal to Montréal’s iconic illuminated cross and get rewarded with sweeping views of the city.
No visit to Montréal would be complete without taking in a festival. Millions enjoy the Festival International de Jazz every year. The festival fever continues in winter with Nuit Blanche, a quintessential all-night fête of the arts, hosted in venues across the city. Younger revelers will enjoy the annual Fête des Neiges winter carnival, perfect for families looking for skating, sliding, and snowy fun.
A short subway ride from the downtown lies Laval, offering family-friendly activities for all ages. Little scientists will be thrilled by Cosmodome, an immersive space experience, and your older adventurers will flip for indoor skydiving at SkyVenture or indoor surfing at Maeva Surf. Unwind with a hike or paddle at Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, or eat and shop at Centropolis, an outdoor retail and event complex.