Early Summer morning on the old cobbled streets of Montreal, Quebec

Cruise to Montreal, Quebec

Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.
National Language French
Currency Accepted Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Things To Do in Montreal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Canada's largest church, in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec Saint Joseph Oratory

Holy Heights

Holy Heights

Located in the city's heart, visit Mount Royal for the best city skyline, port and water views. Check out The Cross, which was first placed on Mount Royal in 1643. Today's installation is illuminated nightly. Mount Royal Park is popular year-round, and on Mount Royal's slope you'll find Saint Joseph's Oratory, Canada's largest church.

The church interior of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec Notre-Dame Basilica

Meander Old Montreal

Meander Old Montreal

Old Montreal is the city's historic district. There's plenty to do within its boundaries, such as taking a spin on Old Port Montreal's observation wheel; shopping locally at Marche Bonsecours; or visiting Notre Dame Basilica, one of Canada's most stunning churches. Built by 1824, it has vaulted blue ceilings with gold stars, a gold-detailed main altar and ethereal stained-glass windows.

The Montreal Botanical Garden, with Asian boats on a pond, in Montreal Quebec

Montreal, Quebec Botanical Garden

Go Green

Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the world's largest, with over 200 bird species and 22,000 plant, flower and tree varieties. This includes bonsai, maple trees and cactus. There are several gardens to visit during your Montreal cruise, including the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens. In the summertime, the Botanical Garden also hosts events, concerts and festivals.

Poutine, a Quebecois meal of french fries and cheese curds with gravy, from a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec Poutine

Local Cuisine

Montreal is known for three things: smoked meats, bagels and poutine. For Montreal-style bagels, locals recommend visiting St-Viateur Bagel. Cruise to Montreal and check out La Banquise for poutine, as it's open 24 hours. Schwartz's Deli is Canada's oldest deli and serves world-famous smoked meats.

Tote bags with the Canadian flag for sale in a souvenir shop in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec Tote Bags


Artpop Montreal and L'Empreinte Gallery-Boutique both have gifts, crafts and souvenirs from Quebec's most talented designers. L'Empreinte stocks things such as contemporary jewelry, handmade musical instruments and home wares from 85 artists. Meanwhile, Artpop has handmade children's toys, Montreal sweaters and an assortment of cards.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Most Montreal residents speak English, but it doesn't hurt to learn some key French phrases before visiting.
2 It's customary to tip in Montreal. A 15–20 percent gratuity added to the total restaurant bill is expected.

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