From fascinating museums to century-old landmarks, there’s a lot to see in and around Montreal.
Montreal is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in Canada. If you’re looking for places to visit on a long weekend in Montreal, there are lots of things to experience.
However, Montreal is a big city where the main language is not English so come prepared. To make your weekend travel easier, here are a few of our favorite Montreal based travel resources:
- Visitors center site: mtl.org/en/plan/visitor-information
- Local car rental site: globecar.com/en/
- Traveling with family resources site: montrealfamilies.ca/category/visiting-montreal/
- Top Montreal attractions site: getyourguide.com/montreal-l195/
Cool? However, if you’re an eager visitor or a local solo traveler sampling attractions in Canada, here are our curated recommendations.
Enjoy these iconic attractions:
Climb Mount Royal
Mount Royal is an iconic mountain that’s located right in the heart of downtown Montreal. The mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park, with a leafy, sprawling playground that’s perfect for picnicking, jogging, cycling, and horseback riding. The park has miles of trails and paths that often attract cross-country skiers and even snowshoers. An observatory at the hill’s peak offers panoramic views of Montreal city and the forested mountain below.
Explore Old Montreal
Old Montreal is the oldest neighborhood in the city and boasts of the site where Montreal was first established back in 1642. One of the best ways to explore Old Montreal is by walking, cycling, enjoying a boat ride on the beautiful waterfront. The neighborhood is a mixture of old and new that you won’t want to miss.
Visit Notre-Dame Basilica
When walking around the Old Port neighborhood of Montreal, you can’t miss the two massive towers of the historic Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal that peeks out above the city’s skyline. Its iconic look is impressive and the interior is even more breathtaking.
The Notre-Dame Basilica was the first Gothic Revival-style church built in Canada in 1829. Its beautiful religious paintings and stained-glass windows leave many visitors in awe. Book a 20-minute guided tour that will introduce you to its rich history, art, and architecture.
Enjoy the Performances at Cabaret Mado
Your long weekend in Montreal can’t be complete without some fun and entertainment. Have the time of your life at Cabaret Mado. This performance venue boasts of a 30-year history and is open every day of the week, and offers the city’s wildest drag performances every evening.
At any given night, you can experience a festive, no-filter display of music performances, dancing, comedy, and costumes. Shows are generally in French. Make sure to sample the delicacies at Mado’s 1950s-meets-chic-diner, right next door at La Dînette à Mado.
Have a Picnic in Parc La Fontaine
Parc La Fontaine is an 84-acre sprawl located in the middle of the Plateau neighborhood. This is a must-visit, especially if you’re looking for things to do on a long weekend during summer.
Lots of people visit this park for picnicking around two large ponds and a beautiful fountain-paddleboat in summer and ice skate in winter. Make a stop at the Boulangerie Mr. Pichot for croissants or Ma Poule Mouillée for Portuguese rotisserie chicken. Get a drink at Depanneur, right across the street. Here, you’re legally allowed to enjoy your beer or wine.
Montreal is one of those vibrant cities where you can spend a short time living life like a local resident instead of a tourist. Parks, cafes and bars, outdoor cafe patios, and creative spaces are all part of daily life in Montreal.
With lots of things to engage in on a long weekend, you can easily enjoy a laid-back experience by sampling out some of these attractions above. Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, there are lots of superb and fun attractions that are going to make this long weekend the best one yet.