Quality of Life / Montréal’s joie de vivre
Montréal stands out as one of the most creative, attractive and promising metropolitan areas in North America. It is a city based on knowledge, where creativity and innovation meet to foster economic growth and international recognition.
Montréal is the Number one host city in North America for international events. International conferences, symposiums and trade shows are part of the city’s daily agenda and they all benefit from a safe environment. Montréal is used to deploying exceptional security measures when needed, but day to day, Montréal is a very safe place to live and visit, with a low crime rate.
Canada is among the best places in the world to live, according to the Better Life Index launched in May 2014 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that compares industrialized nations.
Montréal is a city of contrasts, an exciting blend of Old and New, and everything in between! A city of contrasts and cultural pluralism, a free and open space for design and architecture.
These streets were made for walking
Safe and clean. Simply a walker’s delight. The streets of Montréal are a great way to discover the city at any time of day or night.
A great city for biking
You may not have the time to enjoy our 450 km of bike paths, but you might want to try out the public bike system (BIXI) which won first prize in the “Energy and Sustainability” category of the prestigious Edison Awards.
An eco-friendly city
Over 1,000 parks and green spaces, 450 km of bike paths, beautiful Mount Royal and the great St. Lawrence River; on foot, by subway, bike, or otherwise, Montréal offers lots of fun outings and amazing discoveries…
Arts, culture and shopping…
A city of contrasts and cultural pluralism, a free and open space for design and architecture, Montréal offers circus arts and street performances.
Art lovers will enjoy the city’s thriving museum culture with hundreds of exhibitions every year.
Shopping aficionados will be amazed by this city full of flair, style and innate fashion sense.
Montréal offers many fabulous venues, perfect for any event. From spacious to intimate, we can help you choose the venue that will best fit your needs.
Foodies will be impressed by the unique style of Montréal chefs who whip up extraordinary meals mixing foreign influences with fresh seasonal local products. With 6,000 restaurants offering some 80 different types of regional and international cuisines, Montréal is one of the world’s top food cities.
A passion for good food infuses the city and is evident in every neighbourhood of Montréal. Just take a walk and you’ll be amazed at how many culinary discoveries you will make. From traditional to molecular cuisine, there are so many places that simply say “Montréal”: public markets and specialty grocery stores, upscale restaurants or diner fare, delis and “Bring Your Own Wine” bistros, outdoor terraces and steak houses. Every day, they attract foodies eager for the flavours of far-away places as well as those yearning for the comforting tastes of home.
Attractions and Partners Program
Walk in the footsteps of the French settlers who founded Montréal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River back in 1642. See how the little town of Ville-Marie grew from an 18th-century fortified village to a bustling Canadian metropolis by the end of the 19th century. Experience the engrossing story of this city from the times when the First Nations inhabitants camped here to the present day, bringing together the French fleur-de-lis, the English Lancaster rose, the Scottish thistle and the Irish shamrock at Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archeology and History.
Admire the majestic St. Lawrence River from the Old Port of Montréal. Find out how the Quays were instrumental to the development of a small colonial outpost into a thriving international city. Whether you’re walking, jogging, cycling or rollerblading, you may also take the river shuttles from one bank to the other and enjoy the magnificent vista of Old Montréal, the Bonsecours Market and the Clock Tower which, marking the entrance to the port, is a memorial to sailors in the merchant navy lost at sea in wartime. The Old Port is also home to the Montréal Science Centre.
The Ecomuseum Zoo offers visitors a unique and natural experience with over 115 animal species native to Québec, including wolves, lynxes, black bears, caribous, birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. The one and only outdoor zoo on the island of Montréal, the Ecomuseum Zoo is open to the public 364 days a year, and it provides a unique opportunity to commune with nature just 20 minutes from downtown.
PARC JEAN DRAPEAU
Formerly the Parc des Îles, site of Expo 67, the Parc Jean-Drapeau is home to the former pavilions that have been re-incarnated into a variety of uses. The park’s two islands are also host to the annual Grand Prix and the international firework competition as well as cultural events and concerts throughout the year. It has been announced that the city of Montréal will be investing in a re-vamp of this area in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Expo 67 in 2017.
Experience the natural world like never before. The Montréal Biodôme is home to four ecosystems of the Americas with cliffs, waterways, plants and animals by the thousands. In the span of an afternoon, you can explore the tropical forest, the Laurentian forest, the St. Lawrence River and the sub-polar region. Some 15 million visitors have travelled through this “house of life”, a unique concept in the world since the Biodôme first opened in 1992.
SAINT JOSEPH’S ORATORY
Saint Joseph’s Oratory atop Mount Royal is one of the world’s most visited shrines and the highest point in Montréal. It is well known for its 283 steps which access the main portico from street level, and for its huge dome which rises 91 m, second only in height to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This shrine to Saint Joseph contains several chapels, a crypt, a basilica large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshippers, and beautiful gardens.
MONTRÉAL BOTANICAL GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM
With a collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world’s largest and most spectacular botanical gardens. In all seasons, visitors are captivated by colours and fragrances from all corners of the Earth. And for a celebration of insects from around the world, indulge your curiosity at the Montréal Insectarium which is associated with the Botanical Garden.
POINTE-À-CALLIÈRE, MONTRÉAL MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY
Pointe-à-Callière is a national historic site rising above the actual remains of the city’s birthplace. It takes visitors on an authentic archaeological tour from the 14th century, when Natives camped on the site, right up to the present. They’ll see Native artifacts, the city’s first Catholic cemetery, its first marketplace, and lots more. Cutting-edge technology and a multimedia show bring Montréal’s past to life in a whole new light. The Museum’s contemporary building is linked by an underground passage to the Ancienne Douane, Montréal’s first Custom House, leading through an archaeological crypt safeguarding more than six centuries of history, beneath the raised portion of Place Royale.
PLACE DES ARTS
The major performance art centre that is home to the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opéra de Montréal, as well as the Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Place des Arts has been in constant expansion since its completion in 1963. With a new Symphony Hall added in 2011 and an extension planned for the museum, the most recent improvement is the complete re-design of its Grand Foyer which has been transformed by a video and lighting explosion of sorts. 35 permanent video installation screens with sound fashion an intricate treatise on the relationship between the the spectator and the space through images, sounds and light.
THE MONTRÉAL TOWER / OLYMPIC PARK
Site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, The Montréal Tower/Olympic Park is a major attraction which offers a unique view of Montréal from the top of the highest inclined tower in the world. On a clear day, visitors can see up to 80 km in all directions, clear to the Laurentian Mountains. The Montréal Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, along with (among others) the Empire State Building in New York and the Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur.
La Ronde offers more than 40 rides and attractions, dazzling shows, as well as entertainment. This large amusement park, located close to downtown, produces and presents annual Montréal International Fireworks Competition. La Ronde also presents its annual Halloween Fright Fest every weekend of October.
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL
Open 24/7, the Casino de Montréal is the entertainment destination par excellence. Formerly the French and Québec pavilions of Expo 67, the Casino now boast the Cabaret, a spectacular 500-seat performance hall as well as several restaurants, serving delights from a quick snack to a five-diamond CAA/AAA gourmet experience. Its 3,000 slot machines and 120 gaming tables are set in an electrifying atmosphere just minutes away from downtown.