When fantasising about an island getaway, a major Canadian metropolis may not immediately leap to mind. The island of Montreal may not be a tropical locale, but the surrounding rivers and waterways have carved out an intriguing city that will satisfy your craving for escape. See what brings travellers from around the world to Canada's La Belle Province with a holiday to Montreal.
Take it from the top down on your holiday in Montreal and start with a hike up Mount Royal, where you'll get panoramic views of the skyline. At a lower altitude, see more memorable sights by walking along the St. Lawrence River to Clock Tower Quay, the entrance to the Old Port. The Old Port’s urban beach is nearby and a great place to stretch out and lounge on the fine sand. Travellers also flock to the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica. With its Gothic architecture, vivid stained-glass depictions, and historic artifacts, it’s well worth a visit. To explore outside the city, book one of Wotif’s car hire options in Montreal. Take a day trip to scenic Mont-Tremblant, 142 km northwest of Montreal, or a weekend getaway in the Eastern Townships, just across the St. Lawrence River.
The Quebecois bring European flair and flavour to everything from fashion and food to nightlife. In the mood for some shopping? Whether you want wear haute couture or unique local threads, you'll have your pick of styles from the boutiques and international retailers along Rue St. Catherine and Rue Sherbrooke. The massive Montreal Eaton Centre is another top shopping destination, with scores of shops offering everything from electronics and sportswear to sweets.
You may come to Montreal for the culture, but you'll stay for the cuisine. Foodies flock to Montreal for its diversity of flavours, with top-rated chefs opening restaurants every other week to prove they’ve got chops. Get your palate ready for tasty poutine, pâté chinois (Chinese pie) and even pizza-ghetti. Start filling your belly on your Montreal holidays with a visit to the Mile End neighbourhood for classic, Montreal-style bagels. Do some people-watching over cappuccinos and cannoli in the cafes and trattorias of Little Italy, or settle into one of the cosy brasseries and bistros for a romantic feast in Old Montreal.
When the sun sets in Montreal, the city lights up with nightclubs, bars and live music. After a late supper, join Montrealers for martinis and microbrews in The Plateau's neighbourhood hot spots. There are also several clubs and bars along Rue Sainte-Catherine, offering dancing, DJs and craft cocktails.
Whether you're planning a honeymoon, family trip or solo Quebec holiday, Wotif has your travel needs covered. We offer the best selection and prices on flights, hotels, and car hire options for Montreal getaways to suit travellers of all budgets. You will save even more money when you book your hotel and airfare together in a Montreal package. Plan your holiday to the largest city in Quebec today and get an island you wouldn’t expect.
Are you ready to grab your holiday by the horns and ride it off into the sunset? Travelling is all about experiencing new and exciting things (no matter what time you got home from the bar last night).
Grab your itinerary and write down a few of these awesome Montreal activities: