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Things to Do in Downtown Montréal
A hotbed of art, history and culture, our beautiful city features a seemingly-endless number of unique local attractions, from historic monuments to modern wonders and opportunities to explore our beautiful natural surroundings. Here are just a few of our favourite things to do in downtown Montréal.
Within minutes of Hôtel Saint-Laurent Montréal
Explore the nature, culture and history of Mount Royal. Known simply as “the mountain” to locals, it is a 4-season playground great for walking, cycling, boating, skating, skiing, tobogganing and much more.
Full of fascinating history and contrasts, Old Montréal has dazzled visitors for centuries. It features everything from timeless architecture to modern design shops, avant garde restaurants and riverside pathways.
The Biodome is an oasis in the heart of the city offering a sensorial, immersive journey through the ecosystems found throughout the Americas. It’s a unique way to experience nature and have fun.
The beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal is a symbol of the city and its storied history, offering self-guided tours in which you are invited to explore 24 points of interest, as well as unique events like the Aura experience.
La Grande Roue de Montréal
The largest observation wheel in Canada, La Grande Roue de Montréal offers a panoramic 60-metre view. It’s a unique activity with temperature-controlled gondolas in the picturesque Old Montréal.
The chance to enjoy glorious light in the winter, Luminothérapie is composed of luminous and interactive works displayed in a colourful series of installations along with video production and sound.
Parc La Fontaine Ice Skating Rink
With an illuminated recreational rink, you can skate to the sounds of music at Parc La Fontaine. The rink is located on the pond alongside Avenue du Parc-La Fontaine.
Free Skating Esplanade Tranquille
Newly opened in winter of 2022, the Esplanade Tranquille skating rink is the perfect place to make the most of winter. Bring your own skates, or use the on-site rental service.
The Jardin Botanique de Montréal presents a remarkably diverse array of plants to visitors in all seasons, spanning 75 hectares. You can explore its beauty throughout approximately twenty outdoor gardens and 10 greenhouses.
A fun way to celebrate typical Québec traditions, the Cabane Panache is a Maple Music Festival held annually in March. It features festive decor, spontaneous programmation, food, beer and more.
Nuit Blanche Montréal
Held every year in February, the Nuit Blanche attracts thousands of night owls. From dusk until dawn, the city stays open with indoor and outdoor events and entertainment. It showcases Montréal in a whole new light.
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