My dad and I visited Montreal over spring break, and though I can’t speak to the city as a whole from my weekend trip there, I can share what I thought were some of the highlights:
1.) Notre Dame Basilica– This was hands down the most incredible place I saw in Montreal. It’s pretty dark inside, but the artwork behind the altar is incredible and makes the whole church look like a beautiful nighttime scene. Definitely worth the visit in my book.
2.) Old Montreal- Not too far from Notre Dame, Old Montreal is rather European with its narrow cobblestone streets and short buildings. There are a lot of historic buildings in the area too, like Montreal’s City Hall and Marché Bonsecours, an indoor market. The area isn’t huge and is filled with tourists and cheap souvenir shops, but it’s interesting to see and is one of the 1000 places to see before you die, according to Patricia Schultz.
3.) Plateau Mont-Royal- Climbing the snowy Mont-Royal, from which Montreal gets its name, is a great way to get outside, brave the snow, and observe the city from a quiet distance. We spent an hour or two walking around the paths: it was a little chilly outside, but the views of the city justified the walk.
4.) St. Joseph’s Oratory- We spent our last day at St. Joseph’s Oratory. There’s a lot to see here with a modern basilica, an international nativity museum, and St. Andre’s heart. Can easily spend the day exploring here. We also went to La Banquise after our visit to get some poutine for lunch.
Overall, Montreal was an interesting city to visit, between the old architecture of Vieux-Montreal and the more modern downtown, French- and English-speaking Quebecois, beautiful churches, and indulgent poutine.