The 10 Best Things to do in Centre-Ville (Downtown), Canada

October 21, 2021 Stefan Strunk

Montreal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, and is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style. A horse-drawn carriage ride around the cobblestone streets and grand buildings of Vieux-Montréal will give you a taste of European flavor. The Basilique Notre-Dame is a confection of stained glass, and the Plateau Mont-Royal district will delight you with its quaint boutiques and cafés. Dig in to a massive plate of poutine to fuel up for a tour of the epic Olympic Park.
Restaurants in Montreal

1. Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal

1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5 Canada +1 514-285-2000 [email protected] http://www.mbam.qc.ca/
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4.5 based on 4,492 reviews

Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal

The MMFA is one of Canada’s most visited museums and the eighth-most visited museum in North America, boasting more than 1.3 million visitors. The MMFA's original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported around the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, distributed among five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The Museum has seen exceptional growth in recent years with the addition of two new pavilions: the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, in 2011, and the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, in 2016. The MMFA complex includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programmes

Reviewed By David-KevinB - Washington DC, United States

Located in a historic section of Rue Sherbrooke known as the Golden Square Mile, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal, or Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is the city's largest and one of the most widely regarded in Canada, if not all of North America. Adjacent to the building is the Avenue du Musée, a public street that is sometimes the site of large-scale art installations. The campus is composed of a number of pavilions, each one dedicated to specific disciplines, i.e., ancient art; archaeology; decorative arts and design; modern and contemporary art; and Quebec and Canadian art.

2. Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde

1085 de la Cathedrale (René-Lévesque W. and Mansfield), Montreal, Quebec H3B 2V3 Canada +1 514-866-1661 [email protected] http://www.cathedralecatholiquedemontreal.org/
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4.5 based on 1,262 reviews

Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde

This Catholic church dedicated to Mary, Queen of the World, was modeled after Rome's St. Peter's Church.

Reviewed By thedowntowngirl2

They have services 3 times a day so check that out before you go visit. I live downtown, so I attend mass here weekly.

3. McGill University

805 Sherbrooke St. W. (At McGill College), Montreal, Quebec H3A 0B9 Canada +1 514-398-6555 http://www.mcgill.ca/
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4.5 based on 933 reviews

McGill University

Canada's oldest university, home to nearly 30,000 students, is filled with a variety of interesting architectural styles.

Reviewed By 452cynthiam

We enjoyed exploring the campus of McGill University. We went to their museum of interesting displays and also had a delicious lunch in the school cafeteria.

4. Les Cours Mont-Royal

1455 Peel St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1T5 Canada +1 514-842-7777 http://www.lcmr.ca/en/home
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Les Cours Mont-Royal

Once a fancy hotel, this large structure has been converted into an upscale shopping area.Today Les Cours Mont-Royal is montreal's most prestigious shopping centre offering designer brands, unique european fashions and exclusive boutiques for men and women.

5. Golden Square Mile

2001, rue University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A6 Canada +1 514-228-7400 [email protected] http://www.goldenmontreal.com/
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Golden Square Mile

From 1840 to 1930, the Golden Square Mile was home to Canada’s anglophone upperclass, the majority of which was made up of Scottish businessmen. Situated to the northwest of what is now Downtown Montréal, the neighborhood is defined by its Victorian mansions, noteworthy institutions, elegant stores, grand avenues, green spaces and monuments that call back to its early years when its residents represented nearly 70 percent of the wealth of Canada. The Square Mile is part of the Mount Royal natural and historical district and includes McGill University, the McCord Museum of Canadian History, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and many other attractions and landmarks to be discovered while strolling along Sherbrooke Street West. The term “golden” was added to the name in the 1950s by real estate developers to refer to the prosperity of the area. Originally spanning about one square mile, it is contained by a southern border of René Lévesque (formerly Dorchester Street), Mount Royal Park

6. Centre Infotouriste de Montreal

1255 Rue Peel Bureau 100, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4V4 Canada +1 800-363-7777 https://www.quebecoriginal.com/fr-ca/fiche/information-touristique/bureaux/centre-infotouriste-de-montreal-1971117
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Centre Infotouriste de Montreal

This tourist center provides visitors a wealth of information and assistance on the city of Montreal and Quebec in general.

7. Old Port of Montreal

De la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E2 Canada +1 514-283-5256 [email protected] http://www.vieuxportdemontreal.com
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4.5 based on 2,803 reviews

Old Port of Montreal

The Old Port of Montreal is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the country with more than 50 activities and 6 millions visitors every year!

Reviewed By NadaSBA - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

You can enjoy a long, nice walk at the old port in summer; sharing the experience with the crowd, bikes, kids..etc You can also have a seat and get a bite, while enjoying the scene. In winter it is a must visit on new year evening and watch the fire works

8. Bell Centre

1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3B 5E8 Canada +1 514-932-2582 [email protected] http://www.centrebell.ca/
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4.5 based on 1,593 reviews

Bell Centre

In season, take in a Montreal Canadiens hockey game at this arena.

Reviewed By GlobeTrotting55015 - Brisbane, Australia

Such a great venue to watch a terrific game. Great seats to view the all the hockey action and a fun atmosphere! Get to a game at Bell Centre if you can and Go Habs Go!

9. Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

335 place d'Youville, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3T1 Canada +1 514-872-3207 [email protected] http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=8757,97305573&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

Located in a former fire station, this museum explores Montreal's history from the 1600s to the present.

Reviewed By markg770 - New York City, United States

Great place to visit, you can spend an hour or several, proceed through history at your own pace. I learned so much about Montreal in such a short time, I never knew about the quiet revolution of the 60's in Montreal. I highly recommend visitors stop here early in their visit, the museum gives a great overview of the city and is very reasonable.

10. Musee Redpath

859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C4 Canada +1 514-398-4086 [email protected] http://www.mcgill.ca/redpath/
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4.5 based on 343 reviews

Musee Redpath

This natural history museum at McGill University is named after business tycoon and philanthropist John Redpath.

Reviewed By xJAIMIEx

Beautiful building within the McGill University campus with a treasure trove of very interesting displays and exhibits with much variety. Great place to visit! Not too big but still much to see! Mummies, dinosaurs, extinct animals, fossils and minerals are some of the interesting exhibits they have for showcase

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