Overview

Founded as a fur trading post in 1605 by Samuel de Champlain, Montreal is one of Canada's oldest settlements. Vieux-Montreal or Old Montreal is a natural starting place for getting to know this cosmopolitan city. Today, you’ll find a melange of boutique stores, swanky bars, and award-winning restaurants, and plenty of historic attractions to keep your cultural needs slaked. Check out the Gothic-inspired Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city’s most impressive attractions, and duck into the Pointe-à-Callière Museum where you can learn about the history or Montreal. Montreal is also home to a fantastic performing arts scene. The city proudly boasts 250 theatre and dance companies, like the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, and you can catch one of their legendary shows down at the Old Port. This city also hosts over 90 annual festivals, including the celebrated Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. For night owls, the trendy dining and bar scene can be found in hip neighbourhoods like the Plateau and Mile End. But as a city surrounded by stunning nature, it’s worth venturing outside its borders too. You can explore remote islands in the Saint Lawrence River, or ski the nearby Mount Bromont, or head north and explore Saint Sauveur, a magical resort town that welcomes skiers in winter and hikers in summer.

When To Visit

Montreal is fantastic to visit all year round. While winter temperatures typically dip below zero, this city is beautiful in the snow. Cosy up in front of a roaring log fire, sip hot cocoa, visit sugar shacks where maple syrup is made, or get active in the nearby mountains. Autumn is also a particularly nice time to visit the region as the surrounding forests are alive with bright fiery hues. While summer brings warm temperatures averaging 25 degrees Celsius, perfect for swimming, kayaking, hiking, and lots of other outdoor activities.

Food & Drink

Montreal is known for its exciting food scene. Luxury hotels offer regional favourites, like smoked meat, poutine (chips covered in cheese curd and gravy) and fresh seafood including lobster and mussels as well as game meat like venison, caribou, and moose. As a Francophone province, most dishes are influenced by French cuisine and cooking styles, and you can indulge in this fare all over the city. Montreal has a fantastic restaurant and bar culture, offering you options like upscale brunches, gourmet lunches, fine dining, and tailored wine tastings.

Passport & Visas

British and EU citizens don’t normally require a visa to visit Canada, but you will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to enter the country. For more information on visa requirements and general travel advice visit GOV.UK

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Currency
Canadian Dollar
Flight Time
~9 hours
Timezone
GMT-5
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