Montreal Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to Montreal; our list of the best attractions, including Museum of Fine Arts, Olympic Stadium (Montreal) and Montreal Botanical Gardens.
  • The best activities in Montreal: Museum of Fine Arts

    Museum of Fine Arts

    1380 rue Sherbrooke ouest
    Tu-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Free permanent exhibitions and many prominent traveling exhibits. There is usually a fee for special exhibitions.
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  • Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

    Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

    4141 ave Pierre-de Coubertin
    Built for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, this amazing and controversial building's tower (from which the roof is suspended) is the world's tallest leaning structure. The roof, which could originally be raised, has been replaced numerous times and is the source of great local controversy. You can take a funicular to the top of the Olympic Tower for an incredible view of the city. Also has a public sports center that includes an Olympic-size swimming pool. The area around the stadium has recently become a mecca for skateboarding, BMX-biking, and even snowboarding. the many slanted walls, hand rails and stairs give participants a concrete playground to entertain themselves.
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  • Montreal Botanical Gardens

    Montreal Botanical Gardens

    4101 rue Sherbrooke est
    Mid May-early Sep: 9AM-6PM daily; early Sep-Oct: 9AM-9PM daily; Nov-mid May: Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. 15 May-31 Oct: $16.50 adults, $12.50 seniors/students, $8.25 children 5-17, $2.50 children 2-4; 1 Nov-14 May: $14 adults, $10.50 seniors/students, $7 children 5-17, $2 children 2-4; children under 2 free all year. Huge and stunning botanical garden, featuring numerous themed gardens. Home to the annual Chinese lantern festival every autumn. During winter only the greenhouses are open to visitors.
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  • Just For Laughs Festival

    Just For Laughs Festival

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  • Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    185 rue Sainte-Catherine ouest
    Tu,Th-Su 11AM-6PM, W 11AM-9PM. $12 adults, $10 seniors (60+), $8 students (30 and under with ID), $24 families (up to 4 people with at least 1 adult), free for children 12 and under. Contemporary art museum at the Place-des-Arts complex.
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  • Canadian Centre for Architecture

    Canadian Centre for Architecture

    1920 rue Baile
    W,F-Su 11AM-6PM, Th 11AM-9PM. $10 adults, $7 seniors, free for children and students. Architecture museum and research institute that incorporates the Shaughnessy House, an 1876 Second Empire-style manison. Across boulevard René Lévesque from the CCA is a sculpture garden with works designed around the theme of architecture.
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  • Insectarium


    4581 rue Sherbrooke est
    Mid May-early Sep: 9AM-6PM daily; early Sep-Oct: 9AM-9PM daily; Nov-mid May: Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. 15 May-31 Oct: $16.50 adults, $12.50 seniors/students, $8.25 children 5-17, $2.50 children 2-4; 1 Nov-14 May: $14 adults, $10.50 seniors/students, $7 children 5-17, $2 children 2-4; children under 2 free all year. The Insectarium is a museum centered on the insect world. A few living specimens and many displays, with occasional special exhibits, sometimes offering visitors the opportunity to eat various insect-based dishes from around the world.
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  • Montréal Science Centre

    Montréal Science Centre

    333 rue de la Commune ouest
    M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9:30AM-5PM; check listings for IMAX movie times. IMAX screenings $9 child / $12 adult; Exhibitions $9 child / $12 adult; Combo tickets $15 child / $20 adult. Interactive science museum and IMAX theater.
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  • Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

    Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

    1065 rue de la Cathédrale
    A 1/4 scale copy of St. Peter's in Rome. Impressive interior.
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  • Notre Dame Basilica

    Notre Dame Basilica

    110 Notre-Dame Street West
    The church's Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colourful, its ceiling is coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.
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  • Saint Joseph's Oratory

    Saint Joseph's Oratory

    3800 Chemin Queen Mary
    Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal,, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on the west slope of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec. It is Canada's largest church.
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  • Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal

    Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal

    La 42e édition du Festival du nouveau cinéma aura lieu du 9 au 20 octobre 2013 à Montréal, de belles surprises à l'horizon!
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    451 rue Saint-Jean
    W-F noon-7PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. Free. A privately endowed foundation, DHC/ART is a permanent location for exciting and relevant temporary visual arts exhibitions and projects.
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  • Cinémathèque québecoise

    Cinémathèque québecoise

    335 boulevard De Maisonneuve est
    Tu-Su regular showing 5PM, exhibition hall Tu-F 11AM-8PM and Sa-Su 4PM-8PM. Films $7, exhibitions free. Modern theater complex with 17-screens (most shows in French only), cafe, restaurant and bar.
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  • Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal

    Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal

    13-24 nov. 2013
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  • Centre de Design UQAM

    Centre de Design UQAM

    1440 rue Sanguinet
    W-Su noon-6PM. Free.
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  • Parisian Laundry

    Parisian Laundry

    3550 rue Saint-Antoine ouest
    Tu-Sa noon-6PM. Free. Contemporary art gallery located in the Parisian Laundry building.
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  • Parc du Mont-Royal

    Parc du Mont-Royal

    North of avenue des Pins
    This beautiful, immense urban park tops the "mountain" (at 232 metres, it's more like a hill) that overlooks all of Montreal and lends the city its name. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, the park is elegant and accessible, and has hundreds of nooks and crannies to explore. A broad and gradual five mile bike and pedestrian path begins at the Monument Georges-Étienne Cartier (on Avenue du Parc, opposite the western end of rue Rachel, where the bike path continues), winding its way around the mountain and culminating at the Belvédère (lookout) and Chalet Mont-Royal, with incredible views of downtown, the St. Lawrence river, and the Eastern Townships. The Belevedere and Chalet are also accessible from downtown by the newly restored staircase, access via the path at the top of rue Peel. Numerous smaller paths and trails crisscross the park. For lazy visitors, or those with limited mobility, you can enjoy a wonderful view from the mountain by taking bus route 11, which stops at the lookout on Chemin Remembrance, as well as Beaver Lake. Every Sunday during the summer, thousands of people get together at the monument on Avenue du Parc to enjoy the big tam-tam jam.
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  • Cinémania


    November 7-17 novembre 2013
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  • The Segal Centre for Performing Arts

    The Segal Centre for Performing Arts

    5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
    Sun-Thu 10AM-4PM. Free.
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  • Image + Nation

    Image + Nation

    image+ nation 25 :: 2012 . 22NOV 02DEC. un quart de siècle d’histoire[s] lgbt . 25 years of queer [r_evolution] :: Canada's first Lesbian Gay Bi Trans film festival . Le premier festival de cinéma LGBT au Canada
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  • Centre d'histoire de Montréal

    Centre d'histoire de Montréal

    335 place d'Youville
    $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children (6-17) and students, $15 families (2 adults plus 2 children or 1 adult plus 3 children), free for children under 6. Covering the history of Montreal from its founding in 1535. The museum is housed in a former fire station that dates from 1903.
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  • Cosmodome


    2150, Autoroute des Laurentides
    A space museum with a life-sized space shuttle cockpit. Also contains Space Camp Canada.
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  • Château Ramezay Museum

    Château Ramezay Museum

    280 rue Notre-Dame est
    Jun-Oct 10AM-6PM daily. $4 child / $5 student / $8 adults / $6 senior / $16.50 families. 18th century Governor's residence and gardens full of historical artifacts from daily life.
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  • Le Musée du Château Dufresne

    Le Musée du Château Dufresne

    2929 ave Jeanne-d'Arc
    $8 adults, $7 students/seniors, $4.50 childen 5-17, free children under 5.
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  • Redpath Museum

    Redpath Museum

    859 rue Sherbrooke ouest
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM, Sa closed. Free. A museum of natural history on the McGill campus.
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