Say bonjour to Montreal
Old Montreal is a picturesque neighbourhood, full of character, cobbled streets and some of Canada’s oldest buildings. Here’s what you should see and do when you come to the City of Saints.
Notre Dame Basilica
Modelled after Notre Dame in Paris, construction of this gothic church finished in 1843. The gorgeous interior houses a pipe organ from 1648 and three statues representing saints: Montreal (Mary), Quebec (John the Baptist), Canada (Joseph).
Montreal Food Walking Tour
Spend three hours on a walking tour of Mile End and learn about (and taste) local delicacies like Montreal Bagels, pasta, ice cream and chocolates. Local guides run the tours and include lots of tastings as you wander through the trendy neighbourhood.
Hotel Deville (City Hall)
The seat of local government since the 1870s, along with many of the city’s historical records. A fire destroyed the building in 1922. It was rebuilt in the same spot with a with a steel frame and slightly different look with a copper roof.
The Jacques Cartier Plaza
The entrance to the Old Port of Montreal was originally the gardens of a large chateau. The chateau burned down in 1803 and was then transformed. The public square is now a pedestrian-friendly square lined with restaurants and shops.
Built in 1771, it is one of the oldest churches on Montreal. It was the main place for sailors to go after arriving in the Old Port. Today, it houses a museum and you can climb to the top of the spire for some great views of the St Lawrence River.
The Maisonneuve Monument has been dedicated to Montreal’s governor of the original colony back in the mid-1600s. No portrait of the man exists, so this is just an imaginary model.