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Welcome to Montreal!. Presented by: Maha El Keshawi Lovella D. Mones Jyoti Patel Jill Shannon. Tourist Attractions in Montreal. History Entertainment Leisure Activities Information. Montreal’s Past. History Historical Sites Museums.

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welcome to montreal

Welcome to Montreal!

Presented by:

Maha El Keshawi

Lovella D. Mones

Jyoti Patel

Jill Shannon

tourist attractions in montreal
Tourist Attractions in Montreal
  • History
  • Entertainment
  • Leisure Activities
  • Information
montreal s past
Montreal’s Past
  • History
  • Historical Sites
  • Museums

Montreal is a welcoming and cosmopolitan city with a rich history, world renowned museums, and fantastic sights. It is known throughout the world as one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Learn more about Montreal’s past to enjoy this great city!

history of montreal
History of Montreal

1535 Jacques Cartier, a French Explorer, discovered Hochelaga, climbed up a hill, christened it Mont Royal

1642 Wealthy Parisians sent De Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance, and some people to New France (Montreal) to found a colony dedicated to Virgin Mary (Ville Marie). De Maisonneuve returned to France to get more colonists. When he returned, Notre-Dame de Bonsecours was built.

1791 English population in Lower Canada was only 7% but increased to 20% in 1828.

Photo source: www.montrealnow.com/travel&tourism/index.html

1822 There were 15,000 Catholics in Montreal. They began building Notre-Dame de Montreal, designed by a New York architect, James O’ Donnel

1831 50,000 Irish immigrants arrived, brought with them a plague of cholera that killed 10% of Montreal’s population.

1890 Thousands of Jews arrived and settled around boulevard St. Laurent

1920 Montreal became a diverse metropolis as thousands of Jews, French-Canadians, and other immigrants began to flood into the city.

1976 The city hosted the Olympics games.

1990 Montreal entered the 90's as a cosmopolitan city - a leader in the high tech field, still renowned for its art, culture, sport and leisure.

Photo source: www.montrealnow.com/travel&tourism/index.html

  • Restaurants
  • Night Life (Clubs & bar)
  • Shopping

There are many interesting places for entertainment in Montreal to discover. Montreal is well-known for its restaurants, night life, and shopping malls.

leisure activities in montreal
Leisure Activities in Montreal
  • Winter Activities
  • Summer Activities
  • Sporting Events

There are many interesting events in Montreal to discover. You can visit Montreal any time to discover the different winter and summer activities there is to offer, or come and be a spectator at one of our sporting events.

winter activities in montreal
Winter Activities in Montreal

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides

Beautiful view of the St. Lawrence, with sleigh bells jingling as you ride!

  • Location : Departing from Jacques-Cartier Pier
  • Time: January 2nd to March 4th 2001, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Cost: Adults, $7.00, Children under 12 $4.00
  • Telephone: (514) 496-PORT or 1-800-971-PORT
  • For additional info: www.vieuxportdemontreal.com


Beautiful Skating rink at the Bonsecours Basin right in the heart of the Old Port, it is the only outdoor artificial rink in Montreal.

  • Location: Bonsecours Basin in the Old Port of Montreal
  • Time: January to March, 2001
  • Cost: $2.00, skate rental available
  • Telephone: (514) 496-PORT or 1-800-971-PORT
  • For additional info: www.vieuxportdemontreal.com


You can do some skiing in Montreal, on Mount Royal or in parks like Angrignon and Maisonneuve. There are cross country trails alongside the St. Lawrence and the Lachine Canal. You must have your own skis.

  • Location: Mount Royal, Angrignon and Maisonneuve Park
  • Cost: $10.00 for the day
  • Telephone: (514) 496-PORT or 1-800-971-PORT
  • For additional info: www.vieuxportdemontreal.com
summer activities in montreal
Summer Activities in Montreal

Summer Festivals in Montreal

Montreal is one of the most entertaining cities in Canada during the summer. Montreal hosts a number of festivals for all ages throughout the summer months. 2 of them are the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Just for Laughs Festival.

  • Location: Down town Montreal
  • Time: Jazz Festival in June, Just for Laughs Festival in July (Specific dates undetermined)
  • Cost: Package offered at $65.00, each package includes one ticket to any performance.
  • Telephone: (514) 790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595
  • For additional info: www.admission.com

Vélo Adventure

Discover Montreal! The path is minutes away from some of the most scenic bike paths Montreal has to offer.

  • Location: Convoying Pier
  • Time: April to October
  • Cost: Free, bicycle and in-line skate rental available (additional charge)
  • Telephone: (514) 847-0666
  • For additional info: www.vieuxportdemontreal.com

Pedal Boat Rentals

Pedal boats are great outdoor fun on the water for the young and the young at heart. Rent a “tugboat” model and tour the Bonsecours Basin at your own pace. Very enjoyable and very relaxing.

  • Location: Bonsecours Basin
  • Time: May to October, length of time for each ride is 30 minutes
  • Cost: $25 to $50
  • Telephone: (514) 847-0666
  • For additional info: www.vieuxportdemontreal.com
sporting events
Sporting Events


Montreal is home to the Montreal Alouettes, part of the CFL. The Alouettes always make football a fantastic game to watch. Come and check out one of their games anytime their playing during the football season. You can visit their web site to find out when their next game is and ticket prices.

  • Location: Montreal Alouettes Football Field

1255 University street

Montreal, Quebec

  • Cost: Ticket prices fairy from game to game
  • Telephone: (514) 871-2266
  • Additional info: www.alouettes.net


Montreal is home to the Montreal Canadiens, part of the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens have been around for a long time, Montreal could not be Montreal without the Canadiens. You can visit their web site to find out when their next game is and ticket prices.

  • Location: Molson Center

1260 de la Gauchetière Street West

Montreal, Quebec

  • Cost: Ticket prices fairy from game to game
  • Telephone: (514) 989-2841
  • Additional info: www.canadiens.com


Montreal is home to the Montreal Expos, part of the Canadian Baseball Federation. It’s always an adventure to watch one of their games at the Olympic Stadium, a huge part of Montreal's history. You can visit their web site to find out when their next game is and ticket prices.

  • Location: Olympic Stadium

PO Box 500. Station M

Montreal, Quebec

  • Cost: Ticket prices fairy from game to game
  • Telephone: (514) 8GO-EXPOS
  • Additional info: www.montrealexpos.com
  • Map
  • Lodging
  • Useful Information

Montreal is a young and beautiful city to visit any time of the year. Montreal is a huge city and it is a good idea to know your way around the city, find a place to stay and have useful information to make your trip pleasant.

Hôtel Wyndham Montréal

572 rooms, 28 suites. In the heart of downtown Montréal, underground access to the Convention Center, within walking distance of Old Montréal, the Old Port, Place des Arts and Musée d'art contemporain.  

Location: 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, P.O. Box 130 Montréal (Québec) H5B 1E5 Telephone: (514) 285-1450

Fax: (514) 285-1243

Toll free: 1-800-361-8234

For additional info: www.wyndham.com/montreal

The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal

229 rooms including 45 suites, newly renovated in a traditional French style. Impeccable and personalized service down to the smallest detail. Walking distance of Old Montréal, the Old Port, Place des Arts and Musée d'art contemporain. Adjacent to the Complexe Desjardins and its 100 shops and boutiques.

  Location: 1228 Sherbrooke Street West Montréal (Québec) H3G 1H6

Telephone:(514) 842-4212

Fax: (514) 842-3383

Toll free: 1-800-363-0366

For additional info: www.ritzcarlton.com

Queen Elizabeth (The)

1,062 rooms including 100 suites. Express check-in/out. Pool completely renovated. Direct access to 30 km of underground shopping.

Location : 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West Montréal (Québec) H3B 4A5 Telephone: (514) 861-3511

Fax: (514) 954-2256 Toll free: 1-800-441-1414 For additional info: www.cphotels.ca

useful information

French is the official language of the Province of Québec. English, the mother tongue of 18 % of the population, is widely spoken.

Population and Size

Montréal is the second largest metropolitan centre in Canada and the largest French-speaking city outside France. Approximately one million seven hundred thousand people live on the island and over three million three hundred thousand in the greater metropolitan area. Montréal has an area of 177 square kilometres; the island of Montréal, 494 square kilometres and the greater metropolitan region, 3,509 square kilometres.

Liquor Laws

Beer hails (brasseries) are permitted to serve liquor from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. All other establishments are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. The legal drinking age in Québec is 18. Liquor stores (Société des Alcools) are open weekdays and Saturdays, but closed on holidays. A few selected outlets are open on Sunday. Beer and wine are also sold in convenience and grocery stores.

Visitor Information

Infotouriste Centre Location: 1001 du Square-Dorchester Street Montréal (Québec) H3B 1G2 Telephone: (514) 873-2015 / 1 877 BONJOUR (266-5687) Web site: www.tourism-montreal.org

The best reference for Québec tourist information! Tourism Québec's Infotouriste Centre offers a multitude of free tourist information on Montréal as well as the rest of the Province of Québec including hotel and cabin reservations, guided tours, currency exchange, Internet Café, cruises, travel agencies, bookstore and car rentals. The scope of the facility in terms of services available makes the Infotouriste Centre a North America first.

Open: September 5 to May 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 1 to September 4: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on December 25 and January 1.

Useful Information