Best of Montreal
Collected by John Newton, AFAR Contributor
110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
A church—or, at least, a small chapel—has stood on the site of the Basilica of Notre-Dame since shortly after Ville-Marie (Montréal's predecessor) was founded in 1642. The current building, however, dates to 1829 and was...
Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
Running from the waterfront to Montréal's City Hall, at the opposite end of a gently sloping hill, Place Jacques-Cartier has been a center of the city's street life for more than two centuries. It was laid out at the beginning of the 19th...
4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
The 75-hectare (190-acre) Botanical Garden of Montréal (Jardin botanique Montréal) sits in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium. Opened in 1931, the botanical garden has established itself as one of Canada's premier research institutions, but for...
1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
Mount Royal Park starts at the edge of the city just beyond the McGill campus and runs alongside neighborhoods like Plateau before rising to the top of 764-foot-tall Mount Royal (Mont Réal), the hill that gives the city its name. The twisting...
1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts) is scattered across four different buildings, or pavilions. The Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion seen here is the institution's main building, with its international art collection. The other...
4141 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N7, Canada
For decades, Québec was viewed by many Canadians, and even many Québecois, as a conservative, traditional, and rural part of the country that was falling behind other provinces that were looking optimistically toward the future. Those are...
1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal, QC H3C 1A9, Canada
Just across the St. Lawrence River from downtown Montréal, Parc Jean-Drapeau offers a green escape from the city. It's especially popular in the summer, when outdoor concerts and food vendors make it an ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon. The...
Montreal, QC, Canada
You might not think that Canadian history is a topic that would sustain your interest for too long, but a visit to the McCord Museum will likely change that preconception. With a tagline of "Our People, Our Stories," the museum is committed to...
859 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 0C4, Canada
Opened in 1880 as Canada's first natural history museum, the Redpath Museum has a charmingly old-school Victorian quality to it. The collection of artifacts assembled by intrepid explorers ranges from taxidermy and Egyptian mummies to geological...
1085 Rue de la Cathédrale, Montréal, QC H3B 2V3, Canada
The choice of whether to build a church following a Gothic Revival or neoclassical design involved more than just aesthetics in 19th-century Québec. The former tended to be associated with Protestantism, and so the construction of the...
Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X, Canada
Even though you may have never been here before, Montréal's Place St-Louis, in the Plateau neighborhood off of rue St-Denis, will probably look familiar thanks to the many tourism posters and guidebook covers that display its image. The...
711 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E7, Canada
The Lachine Canal (Canal-de-Lachine), which cuts across the southwestern portion of the island of Montréal, was crucial to the development of the city as a major port by allowing ships to bypass the Lachine Rapids. The advent of rail transport and...
1920 Rue Baile, Montréal, QC H3H 2S6, Canada
Phyllis Lambert may not be a household name, but she is a key figure in modern architecture in North America. An architect and philanthropist, she is also an heir to the Seagram fortune and responsible for getting Mies van der Rohe the commission...
185 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H2X 3X5, Canada
The Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, commonly known as MAC, is one of the city's leading cultural institutions. The museum aims to be both a showcase for Montréal artists and a place where international figures are...
116 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
Although the St. Sulpice Seminary (Le Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice) is closed to the public, it's worth stopping by and admiring its exterior as you explore Old Montréal. On the Place d'Armes, and next to the Notre-Dame Basilica, this is Montréal's...
280 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C5, Canada
Just across the street from Montréal's City Hall (or Hôtel de Ville), the Château Ramezay has been witness to almost three centuries of history. It was first built in 1705 by Claude de Ramezay, then governor of Montréal,...
2929 Avenue Jeanne-d'Arc, Montréal, QC H1W 3W2, Canada
Near the Olympic Park and the botanical garden, the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum (Musée Dufresne-Nincheri) is located in the Château Dufresne. A visit provides a glimpse of post–Gilded Age life, Montréal-style. The 1,860-square-meter...
350 Place Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 3Y5, Canada
There is perhaps some irony that one of the most distinctive contemporary buildings in the historic heart of Montréal is a showcase for some of the city's oldest artifacts. The modern structure that houses this archaeology and history...
458 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C8, Canada
George-Étienne Cartier may not be a household name for many people outside of Canada, but he is recognized there as one of the founders of the nation. The 19th-century lawyer was crucial to rallying the country's francophone population to...
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