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    Best Time to Visit

    With internationally renowned festivals all taking place during the summer months, Montreal is at its most vibrant from June to August. But to avoid the crowds, Fall makes a great alternative when temperatures remain high enough for exploring by foot, and room vacancies open up across its range of boutique and quirky hotels.

    What to Pack

    A Beginners Guide to French if you don’t speak it – this may be Canada, but French is the local tongue here. Winters can be brutal above the underground city passages with snow lingering until Spring, so sturdy shoes are a must.

    General Tips

    Appointed a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, host to the Summer Olympics of 1976, and home to the Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal may not be a country capital, but it certainly has the credentials to be.

    Historically the industrial capital of Canada, it now hosts 50 National Historic Sites, more than any other city, including the Notre Dame of Montreal Basilica and Bonsecours Market. Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 apartment complex is a more modern architectural gem.

    The city is a leader of performing arts, home to the largest theatrical producer in the world (Cirque du Soleil), largest comedy festival (Just for Laughs) and largest jazz festival (Montreal International Jazz Festival). More classical arts are performed at the multipurpose Place des Arts.

    The best art collections are to be found in the Museum of Fine Arts for European, Inuit and Canadian works, and the Musee d’art contemporain for post-war Quebec artists.

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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Jul 10, 2018
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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Jul 10, 2018
Four Canadian artists — Sarah Anne Johnson, Graeme Patterson, Jon Rafman, and Jeremy Shaw, come together for “Alone...
By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Jun 21, 2018
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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Jun 18, 2018
Galerie de Bellefeuille is exhibiting the works of Sophie Ryder at its Montreal venue through July 6, 2018.
By BLOUIN ARTINFO | May 31, 2018
Division Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by An Te Liu titled “New Life” in collaboration with...
Hotels & Resorts
High-end hotel with a convention center.
Boutique | Mid Range
Boutique hotel filled with art.
Luxury hotel with an expansive meeting space.
Upscale hotel known for its terrace bar.
Luxury | High-End
Uber chic hotel known for its dining options.
Wine Bar | Mid Range
Menu based around wood-fire cooking.
British | High End
Casual British diner known for its meats.
French | High-End
Menu based around fire-pit cooking.
Wine Bar | Mid Range
Small plates and wine bar.
French | Mid Range
Casual pub which emphasises on seasonal produce.
Premium shopping destination for men.
Prominent luxury designer store.
Affordable fashion for all age groups.
Bespoke designer wear for women.
The city's popular underground shopping district.