Mind blowing gastronomy, incredible architecture and enough culture to make any culture vulture giddy with excitement – Montréal is cosmopolitan Canada at its very best and it’s the perfect destination for that blockbuster weekend break or the sensational longer stay.
At a glance
Simply put, Montreal is the place to go to get your creative juices flowing. With art, light, music and theatre festivals taking over the city calendar and an array of districts and suburbs catering to all creative tastes, you’re sure to discover a new talent, be it your own or one of the many that Montreal proudly helps propel to stardom.
What to see
The city is a melting pot of diverse talent, musical accolades and vivacious personalities. There’s been some exciting and stylish redevelopment with modernistic architecture cropping up and older stately buildings being transformed into chic boutiques and restaurants. You’ll notice how warehouses have been converted into swish new apartments and even the Old Port has changed purpose – now a well-kept park set alight by festivals and performances. Wishlists of who, or what, to see quickly become bucket-lists as you begin to realise just how brilliantly creative this city truly is.
The Canadian Centre of Architecture is based in Montreal and is the world’s only international research centre for architecture. Expect to see abstract, complex and no doubt thought-provoking pieces that seek to stimulate the innovative minds of the city. Théâtre D’aujourd’ Hui is one for the linguists among us – a theatre dedicated solely to the production of Quebec-French theatre located on the ever-stylish Rue Saint-Denis.
Once recognised as the home of the 1976 Summer Olympics, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve – or HoMa as it’s affectionately called – is now a true local’s hangout that prides itself on its community vibe: an ethos reflected in places like In Vivo Distro; a small café-bar which plays host to independent and unsigned artists. Several Canadian fashion designers also reside in HoMa, who are now favourites at the world-renowned Montreal Fashion week.
Why we love it
The different suburbs of Montreal cater for any artistic passion that may need satisfying, and this diversity means Montreal is a city ready and waiting to be explored at any time (just how we like it). While you’re waiting for your holiday to come round, the Montreal Webcam network gives a sneak peek into the daily routines of city districts for those who, like us, are achingly far from this colourful splash on the Quebec landscape, so get online and check it out.