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. Run away with the circus (or at least catch a show) with boundary-pushing circus arts at La TOHU. Pop a wheelie at TAZ, an indoor sports centre devoted to skate boards, BMX bikes and other wheel-based playthings. 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.