Sightseeing in Montreal

Take a sightseeing trip through Montreal in pictures.

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Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac

Château Frontenac

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Chateau Frontenac hotel is probably Quebec City's most prominent landmark.

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Citadelle of Quebec

Citadelle of Quebec

A military installation and fortress, the Citadelle is home to the Royal 22e Régiment and Batisse, the Royal mascot goat. 960 1280

  

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

Located only 7.5 miles from Quebec City, this powerful waterfall is a popular tourist attraction with a gondola and staircases that offer amazing photo opportunities. 960 1280

  

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

Quebec City has tons of summer festivals each year, including free Cirque du Soleil shows in the evenings under a freeway overpass. 960 1280

  

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

Take stroll through the heart of Old Quebec, and you'll find the quaint L’entrecôte Saint-Jean restaurant serving its famous steak and fries dish. 960 1280

  

Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and Carriage Ride

Discover the history and culture of Old Quebec with a romantic and informative horse-drawn carriage ride. 960 1280

  

Quebec City Marathon

Quebec City Marathon

Held every August, the Quebec City Marathon winds its way through some of the city’s most beautiful areas along the northern and southern shores of the St. Lawrence River. 960 1280

  

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Mont-Sainte-Anne

A ski resort located about 25 miles northeast of Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne offers a range of outdoor activities year-round, including golfing, mountain biking and night skiing. 960 1280

  

Dufferin Terrace

Dufferin Terrace

The popular wooden walkway offers incredible views of the surrounding area, including the St. Lawrence River and Château Frontenac. 960 1280

  

Mural Artwork

Mural Artwork

A walk around Old Quebec will reveal some colorful murals depicting the history of the city, such as this one called Fresque des Québécois (Mural of Quebecers). 960 1280

  

Street Performers

Street Performers

Take a break from your Quebec City walking tour and sit down to watch some of the talented local street performers. 960 1280

  

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec City

Enclosed by fortified walls, the Old City of Quebec is full of impressive and beautiful European architecture, such as the Manoir d'Auteuil hotel. 960 1280

  

Canyoning Quebec

Canyoning Quebec

In the mountains outside of Quebec City, you can find all kinds of fun adventure activities, like rappelling down 60-foot waterfalls! 960 1280

  

Quebec City Skyline

Quebec City Skyline

Take a cheap ferry ride across the St. Lawrence River to watch the sun set over the Quebec City skyline. 960 1280

  

Theatre Capitole

Theatre Capitole

This renovated old-school theater and hotel at Place d’Youville square features musical performances and plays. 960 1280

  

Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. 960 1280

  

While French is the official language, over half of the population reports being able to speak both French and English, as seen on this exit sign. 960 1280

  

This striking sign is on the wall of an excellent pub: The Black Isle, in the Latin Quarter. 960 1280

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You get "3 minutes max" to idle in the well-to-do town of Westmount in Montreal. 960 1280

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Casa del popolo, a hip cafe, also sells offbeat art. 960 1280

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Montreal's seasons are prone to drastic temperature changes. This sign warns of falling ice during the winter months. 960 1280

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This environmentally-friendly sign leaves little to interpretation: "Pick up your papers and droppings." 960 1280

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In case you were wondering, Montreal is to the left. Feel free to bike or rollerblade there. 960 1280

  

A sign beside the foot bridge going over a frozen canal indicates "no cars, no motorcycles." 960 1280

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You can squint and tilt your head to the left, but you probably still wouldn't guess that this sign represents, a double fire hydrant. 960 1280

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Each metro station in Montreal is unique and filled with public artwork by some of the biggest names in Quebec. 960 1280

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This is a restaurant sign inside the Montreal Forum, called "the most storied building in hockey history" and arguably the most famous sporting venue. 960 1280

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People visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Basilica are greeted with this manicured lawn sign. 960 1280

  

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Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. 960 1280

  

While French is the official language, over half of the population reports being able to speak both French and English, as seen on this exit sign. 960 1280

  

This striking sign is on the wall of an excellent pub: The Black Isle, in the Latin Quarter. 960 1280

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You get "3 minutes max" to idle in the well-to-do town of Westmount in Montreal. 960 1280

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Casa del popolo, a hip cafe, also sells offbeat art. 960 1280

Jonathan Chan/flickr  

Montreal's seasons are prone to drastic temperature changes. This sign warns of falling ice during the winter months. 960 1280

w00kie/flickr  

This environmentally-friendly sign leaves little to interpretation: "Pick up your papers and droppings." 960 1280

spcbrass/flickr  

In case you were wondering, Montreal is to the left. Feel free to bike or rollerblade there. 960 1280

  

A sign beside the foot bridge going over a frozen canal indicates "no cars, no motorcycles." 960 1280

Claire Desjardins  

You can squint and tilt your head to the left, but you probably still wouldn't guess that this sign represents, a double fire hydrant. 960 1280

bastique/flickr  

Each metro station in Montreal is unique and filled with public artwork by some of the biggest names in Quebec. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

This is a restaurant sign inside the Montreal Forum, called "the most storied building in hockey history" and arguably the most famous sporting venue. 960 1280

jbcurio/flickr  

People visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Basilica are greeted with this manicured lawn sign. 960 1280

  

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Montreal Skyline

Montreal Skyline

Downtown Montreal's new skyscrapers mix with Old Montreal's centuries-old architecture for an impressive skyline along the St. Lawrence River. 960 1280

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Montreal Biosphere

Montreal Biosphere

Built for the 1967 World's Fair, the Montreal Biosphere is now home to an environmental museum that teaches visitors about sustainable development.

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Metro System

Metro System

Montreal's metro subway system transports more than 1 million passengers a day. An unlimited three-day pass only costs $16. 960 1280

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Smoked Meat

Smoked Meat

Schwartz's Deli is probably Montreal's most famous eatery, known for its giant smoked-meat sandwiches and long lines. 960 1280

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Montreal Museums

Montreal Museums

For museum lovers, Montreal has a bit of everything. The Chateau Ramezay museum covers 500 years of local history. 960 1280

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River Surfing

River Surfing

Did you know you could surf in Montreal? There are a few spots on the St. Lawrence River with standing waves that you can actually surf! 960 1280

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Atwater Market

Atwater Market

If you're looking for tasty local fish, cheese, produce or baked goods, you can't beat Atwater Farmers’ Market. 960 1280

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Bixi Public Bikes

Bixi Public Bikes

Montreal is a very bike-friendly city, and home to one of the most successful public bike rental systems in the world. 960 1280

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Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Depending on what neighborhood you're in, you'll often find all kinds of interesting street art, murals and graffiti in Montreal. 960 1280

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Centaur Theatre

Centaur Theatre

A great place to catch an English-language play, the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal used to be the Old Stock Exchange Building. 960 1280

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Montreal Poutine

Montreal Poutine

Poutine is a favorite French-Canadian late-night snack made with french fries, cheese curds and gravy. 960 1280

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Habitat 67

Habitat 67

This unique housing complex is one of Montreal's most famous landmarks, built in the 1960s by architect Moshe Safdie. 960 1280

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Street Musicians

Street Musicians

You'll find street performers of all kinds on a walk through the busy Place des Arts area of Montreal. 960 1280

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Notre-Dame Basilica

Notre-Dame Basilica

Another famous Montreal landmark, the Notre-Dame Basilica was built in 1829. Its massive cathedral ceilings and stained-glass windows are a highlight. 960 1280

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Rue Saint-Paul

Rue Saint-Paul

Montreal's oldest street is Rue Saint-Paul, paved in cobblestones and home to many historic buildings such as the Bonsecours Market. 960 1280

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