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What to see in Montreal

Montreal Attractions

Despite its harsh winters, Montreal is in fact a year-round destination and travellers will be able to enjoy the bustling city's attractions and festivities no matter what season they choose to visit in. Whether you enjoy outdoor sports or a trip to the opera, there are plenty of things to see and do in Montreal.

Check out Olympic Park, which hosts baseball games and concerts, or visit Old Montreal which contains beautiful historical buildings dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as a few museums. The nearby old port (Vieux Port de Montreal) is a popular place for tourists as it features a huge open-air skating rink, IMAX cinema, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and a Science and Technology Center. Many tourists also take boat tours from here and a good option is to take a ferry ride across to the Parc des Iles, where the 1967 World's Fair site offers facilities for picnicking, swimming, skating or skiing in winter.

The dome of St Joseph's Oratory, visible on the flank of Mont Royal from miles away. This famous pilgrimage site attracts more than two million visitors each year. In downtown Montreal, several blocks are connected by 18 miles (30km) of underground arcades and malls, where shoppers will be able to enjoy enclosed walking areas and great shopping opportunities even when the weather is bad. Visitors should purchase the STM Tourist Card which allows unlimited access to the bus and metro service for either one or three consecutive days.

Montreal Botanical Garden

In close proximity to the Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the largest of its kind. Home to more than 22,000 plant species and roughly 30 exquisitely mapped out gardens, it's well…

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

During the past 140 years, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of North America's finest encyclopaedic collections, totalling more than 30,000 objects. The collections include Canadian…

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Olympic Park

Montreal's futuristic Olympic Park was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and still serves as a showpiece today. Designed by French architect Roger Tallibert, it is impressive in both size and…

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St Joseph’s Oratory

St Joseph's Oratory is a landmark in Montreal, its imposing dome on the northwest flank of Mont Royal visible for miles. This oratory is a famous pilgrimage site, despite only being completed in 1967,…

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