Montreal, Quebec is a truly unique city within a Canadian cultural landscape. Taking a little bit of English Canadian culture with its French Canadian foundation, Montreal has a case to be one of the more culturally interesting cities in North America due to its long and storied history as one of the oldest cities on the North American continent. Today, people visiting Montreal have a myriad of options as to how to spend their time in La Belle Province. In order to narrow it down for perspective visitors, I asked JustFly, an online travel agency, what their top four Montreal attractions were.
An establishment in the city of Montreal according to JustFly’s review, The Montreal Canadiens have over a century of hockey tradition in the city. From their early days in the old Montreal Forum, to their new home at the Bell Centre, Canadiens games become convergence points for spectators and fans every time the Canadiens play a game. The games themselves are family friendly, very public transit friendly, and an experience you can’t miss if you find yourself in Montreal on a game night.
The Old Port
Just South of the Habs home rink lies the Old Port, Montreal’s historic district. Visitors to the Old Port can enjoy the Montreal waterfront and explore the myriad of cobblestone streets, quaint shops, and various museums that dot the area. For fans of architecture, the area features some of the oldest buildings in Canada in addition to attractions like The Montreal Science Centre. The Science Centre features a rotating trove of exhibits worth checking out, especially for those traveling with children.
Considered the trendiest area in the city, JustFly says The Plateau is the hipster capital of Montreal. With streets lined with bakery, cafes, secondhand stores, and vintage shops, The Plateau is the kind of place where you can spend a day just exploring. When you aren’t shopping, a simple trek down a side street can show you some of the beautiful houses that occupy the neighborhood. Want to connect with nature? Two of Montreal’s best parks are in The Plateau. If you want somewhere to relax try Parc LaFontaine. Want to do some hiking and find some great views of the city? Parc Mont Royal is a great place to explore.
Last but not least, La Ronde. La Ronde is Montreal’s premier theme park. Featuring some Canada’s biggest and best rollercoasters and rides, La Ronde is a must visit for those with children and too much adrenaline.