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Downtown Montreal

Known for Museums, Live Music and Culture

Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

How do you get to Downtown Montreal?

Downtown is the home of Montreal’s beautiful skyline and vast subterranean center. Come to Downtown for shopping, a mix of modern and heritage architecture and world-class concert halls and museums.

Spend daylight hours on the long stretch of Saint-Catherine Street which features blocks of high-end boutiques and shopping malls, plus access to the Underground City. After sunset, head to Crescent Street to spend the evening hopping between the many pubs and restaurants set amid classic Montreal townhouses.

The Underground City is one of the largest subsurface complexes in the world. A total 20.5 miles (33 kilometers) of pedestrian walkways run under Downtown, connecting metro stations, concert halls and shopping malls. Shop in the Promenades Cathédrale, an underground mall built to support the once-sinking Christ Church Cathedral above.

Take a walk through the Golden Square Mile on the west side of Downtown, which features the exquisite Victorian mansions of Montreal’s old upper class. This section is also home to McGill University, one of Canada’s top schools.

Downtown is the location of Montreal’s world-class annual festivals. The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place in Downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles. These 250 acres (one square kilometer) of the city contain over 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House. Visit during a festival to see this part of Downtown come alive. The Montreal International Jazz Festival alone consists of about 800 concerts, and tens of thousands of people attend.

Spend a few hours in Montreal’s best fine arts institutions, also located in Downtown. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum in the city. It features a wide range of painting and sculpture from around the world, plus an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Québecois and Canadian art.

Most of the metro stops in Downtown are along Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is just one block away from Saint-Catherine Street. Bus stops are abundant throughout the area. Downtown covers a very large space, so it is a good idea to use public transportation. Paid parking is available in garages throughout Downtown. Look for southeast garages which tend to cost less than others.

Things to do near Downtown Montreal

Discover neo-Gothic architecture, soaring choral music and a modern engineering miracle at Montreal’s “floating church.”

Explore Canada’s unique cultural heritage and engage with international modern art at this large museum that houses more than 40,000 objects.

The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.

Sitting high above the city, this modern basilica and “house of miracles” offers tranquility, soaring Italian Renaissance architecture and Montreal’s best views.

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Originally created as “a corsage for the city’s lapel,” Montreal’s premier gardens have blossomed into a horticultural and cultural giant. 

Montreal’s favorite amusement park lights up the night sky in summertime, and has some of the highest and fastest roller coasters in Canada.

This collection of hills in the center of Montréal is where Montrealers come to enjoy the outdoors. Hike, ice-skate and enjoy the views of the cityscape.

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Make the most of your time in Montréal with a city pass designed to save you money as you tour the city's top attractions, as well as FREE unlimited public transport system. Pick up your Passeport MTL and get ready for 3 days of fun and exploration.

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Stop agonizing over how to see and do everything in the city and sign up for the Best of Montreal Overview Tour. For 4 hours, this tour will take you to most of the “must see” areas surrounding Montreal including Mont Royal, Olympic Park, and the St.

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Journey back through 400 years of history on this magnificent tour of Quebec City, the historic heart of Francophone North America. Find charming Old World atmosphere in narrow streets, look for architectural treasures beyond the tourist track, and learn a bit about the city's history from your expert guide.

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Make your way along narrow country lanes that crisscross alpine scenery and admire mountain views, including the 2,870-foot (875-m) Mont-Tremblant. Stop and enjoy quaint French villages like Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Adolphe d'Howard along the way.

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A walk in the heart of the most romantic city districts leads you to Le Bateau-Mouche. This one of a kind product is defined by its cozy ambience, understated elegance, above and beyond customer service and inventive menus.

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Strap on your life jacket and prepare to be soaked on the whitewater ride of a lifetime as you raft the world-famous Lachine rapids of the Saint Lawrence River on a specially-designed jet boat.

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