10 reasons to visit Montréal now

Lynn Habel

If you’re thinking of getting away for a few days, there’s never been a better time to come to Montréal. Friendly, fun and affordable, you’re sure to find tons of great things to see and do, no matter when you come or how long you stay. We could go on forever, but just to light a spark of inspiration, here are 10 reasons to pack your bags and head to our beautiful island city.

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We are throwing a huge birthday bash for our 375th anniversary

Montréal comes alive with a jam-packed program of activities to celebrate this major milestone in 2017. 

To add to the “wow” factor, 2017 will also mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Expo67.

Find out all about the 375th celebrations at 375mtl.com.


We have four seasons of fun

No matter when you come for a visit, you are sure to fall in love with this quirky, friendly city.Get swept away by the music at one of our world-renowned festivals. 

Highlight moment: On May 17, 2017, Montréal’s official birth date, the iconic Jacques-Cartier Bridge will be illuminated by the stunning “Living Connections” project, conceived by the multimedia magicians at Moment Factory. Prepare to be amazed.


We are an open, multicultural destination

Wherever you’re from, you’re sure to feel at home in Montréal. Discover the stores and restaurants of Chinatown, explore Italian culture in Little Italy, or taste the world at one of our public markets. If you’re coming in August, celebrate diversity at Canada Pride Montréal 2017, Canada’s first national LGBT Pride. Or just settle in at a local indie café and count how many languages you hear.

We have fabulous food

Speaking of food (weren’t we?), Montréal celebrates gourmet goodness all year round with a mouth-watering line-up of food festivals, original food truck fare and restaurants offering exquisite menus by world-class chefs – including many wonderful women chefs. Fall ends on a delicious note with MTLàTABLE, Montréal’s restaurant week, in November.


We have amazing street life

Day and night, Montréal is lively, safe and easy to explore. There is always something to see or do, from outdoor shows and street performers to breathtaking murals and historic architecture. Get a little light therapy in the winter with Luminothérapie, take in free shows during the Jazz Fest or Just For Laughs, or hop on a BIXI bike and pedal (some of) the 700 km (434 miles) of bicycle paths all over the island.



We’re a budget-friendly destination

Breaking out of your routine doesn’t have to break the bank. Favorable exchange rates and affordable lodging and dining options make Montréal a budget-friendly choice.


We’re right next door

Whether by air, train, bus, car or boat, travelling to Montréal is a piece of cake. Over 90 million people live within a two-hour flight and 600 flights transit through the Montréal-Trudeau airport daily. Travelling from the eastern U.S.? We’re just 60 km (29 miles) from the American border.


We’re green

It’s easy to find eco-friendly accommodations options, locally-sourced products in restaurants and stores, and beautiful green spaces to kick back and commune with nature. You may even discover a secret garden or two.

We’re waiting for you with open arms

From the Gay Village to the Plateau and all the quirky neighbourhoods in between, Montrealers love to welcome visitors and show off their city. Come as you are, stay as long as you like, and don’t be shy to ask us anything. We just love having people over.



Lynn Habel is Editor-in-Chief for Tourisme Montréal.