Patinoire du Vieux-Port de Montréal © M. Vesia

Montréal

When founded in 1642, Montréal was a mission named Ville-Marie. Today, with 3.4 million inhabitants, it’s a major inland port, an international metropolis and the world’s second-largest French-speaking city. Its juxtaposition of French and British influences gives rise to an exuberant creativity, reflected in its rich and festive cultural life!

Location

Montréal, Québec’s largest city, is located on an island (500 km2) in the St. Lawrence, 250 km southwest of Québec City. Montréal is just 60 km from the United States border and 200 km from Ottawa.

Vieux-Montréal et Vieux-Port - Place Jacques-Cartier hiver © Tourisme Montrél /S. Poulin
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE © Quartier des spectacles
Igloofest © M. Legault
Nuit blanche à Montréal © B. Rousseau
Montréal en Histoires-Cité Mémoire © Montréal en Histoire-Cité Memoire

Winter fun in Montréal

Winter in Montréal is no time to hide indoors –get out there and have all sorts of seasonal fun! No need to drive out of town to enjoy excellent winter sports and pastimes: there’s something for everyone in the heart of the city.

Events

The annual Fête des Neiges winter carnival is ideal for families and anyone who loves winter! Sliding, skating, games and entertainment are just some of the spectacularly fun activities.

Every year, the 11-day MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival celebrates light, culture and food, culminating with Nuit Blanche, an all-night indoor and outdoor party during which night owls can go to museums, venues, theatres, restaurants and bars, open ‘til the wee hours of the morning throughout the city!

At Igloofest, tuque on head and mittens on hands, thousands keep warm by dancing (outdoors!) to the best in electronic music. This winter celebration is hot!

Montréal’s 375th anniversary

Celebrate Montréal’s vivacity: its history and heritage, its places, people and accomplishments.
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A festival city beyond compare!

No matter the season, time or weather, we Montrealers flock to festivals like moths to a flame.

Relaxed, safe and friendly, it’s just a plain old good time where masses of people of all backgrounds and origins come together to create, experience and share Montréal’s truly unique festival vibe.

Major festivals include the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Just for Laughs comedy festival and the FrancoFolies, to name but a few.

Other equally popular summer crowd-pleasers include the elite Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada and the explosive International des Feux Loto-Québec, a fireworks competition that lights up the Montréal night skies all summer long.

Our festival fervour continues through the winter with the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, a celebration of food, arts and music which warms the soul in chilly temperatures.

Numerous circus companies have chosen to put down roots in Montréal, like Cirque du Soleil, Les 7 doigts de la main and Cirque Éloize. Montréal is also home to the National Circus School, TOHU and the MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE festival.

Food is a Montréal passion. The city has the largest number of restaurants per resident in all of North America.

From five-star restaurants to cozy eateries to hard-and-fast local favourites, the city offers one-of-a-kind experiences to tantalize any and all palates. The variety of fare on offer embraces the culinary traditions of some 120 cultural communities, includes a wealth of local produce and is enhanced by the boundless creativity of local chefs.

In this city, eating is an experience in and of itself, often mixing haute cuisine and timeless recipes from Québec's past with locally grown ingredients.

What some call "pastrami," we call "smoked meat." (By the way, Montréal smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!)

Family fun

Should we travel back in time or into the future? What a dilemma for families visiting Montréal. The problem isn’t finding out what there is to do, but finding the time to do it all.

History, science, art—Montréal museums have fascinating programs for children. Stroll through Old Montréal to immerse yourself in the colonial era of New France. Then fast‑forward a few centuries and dive into the future at the Montréal Science Centre in the Old Port. Get your fill of fauna and flora at the nature museums and on Mount Royal. A visit to the La Ronde amusement park is also a must. While you’re at it, take advantage of the Old Port’s bike path. Feel the rhythm at one of Montréal’s many music festivals.

The only downside is when your vacation is over—you’ll just have to come back!

Mount Royal is the heart of Montréal. It is a stunning urban park and nature reserve designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also created Central Park in New York City.

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