Top 10 Montreal Sites To See

Summertime in Montreal... doesn't get much better than that.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Montreal is one of the most popular destinations in Canada, especially in the summertime when a bevy of festivals hit the city. If you're heading to this charming European-inspired gem, then be sure to check out these top 10 Montreal sites to see.

Saint-Joseph's Oratory

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2004, this massive church perched atop Mount-Royal is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and is a must-see.


A landmark in Montreal since opening its doors in 1928, Schwartz's is known for its infamous smoked meat sandwiches, piled high on fresh rye bread, served with a smear of mustard, fries, and coleslaw. Get a black cherry Coke and eat at their counter to have a truly authentic experience.

The Biodome

Perfect for a family day of educational fun, the Montreal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas, with incredible displays and a full year of events.

Botanical Gardens (Pictured Above)

You'll be swept away by the impressive 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff at the Botanical Gardens, one of the most visited sites in Montreal.

Ste. Helene's Island/Laronde

Whether it's spending a day at the the beach or riding the new Vol Ultime tower ride at the Six Flags' park Laronde, there's something for everyone at Ste. Helene's Island.

Mount Royal Cemetery

Although this may seem like a drearier Montreal landmark, Mount Royal Cemetery is the not only the oldest in North America, giving it great historical context, but there are also different tours offered here, such as guided bird-watching treks.

The lookout

A trip to this city isn't complete without a quick stop at the lookout, located at the Mount Royal Summit and connected to a beautiful adjoining park.

The Pepsi Forum

Once home to Montreal's storied NHL team the Habs, today the Forum has been transformed into a complete entertainment centre, with restaurants, bars, a movie theatre, a bowling alley, a rock-climbing wall, and much more.

Place Jacques Cartier Square

Want to feel like you're back in the 19th century? Then visit the Square in the Old Port, where you'll discover cobblestone streets, quaint shops, creperies, and horse-drawn carriages.

Beaver Lake

A idyllic lakeside retreat in the heart of Mount Royal Park, this greenspace is the ideal local for a picnic or hike in the summer and ice skating, sledding, or cross-country skiing in the winter.


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