Get real in Montréal's north and east

Montréal's north and east neighbourhoods prove there's more to the city than cobblestone streets and jovial jazz festivals, as wonderful as those are. Serene picturesque natural landscapes, lively lesser-known restaurants and a unique community vibe make Montréal's north and east a must if you're looking to travel off the beaten urban track and into Montrealers' vibrant everyday reality.

Wander off the beaten path

When you’re ready for some “deeper cuts,” Montréal’s north and east neighbourhoods provide plenty of off-the-beaten-path options. History buffs take note: The Church of La Visitation‑de‑la‑Bienheureuse-Vierge‑Marie is the oldest church in Montréal, dating back to 1749. Stroll through Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation, where 34-hectares of pristine nature provides the opportunity to spot birds and aquatic wildlife. Essentially, the theme of these neighborhoods is “undiscovered.” You might not see any other tourists — but perhaps that’s the whole point.

A different side of Montréal

The north and east corners of Montréal offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. But the neighborhoods are also sprinkled with their share of art and history. Here’s how to get started.

  1. Tee-up at one of Montréal’s golf courses
  2. Cycle through a nature reserve
  3. Marvel the oldest church in Montréal
  4. Get an idea of what the many windmills operating across Québec looked like back in the 18th century.