Hi there, my name is Marco and I’m a travel blogger over at Bottom Line Cents and today I’ll be talking about the amazing things to do in Montreal in winter, Canada.
Everybody loves to travel and recently I went traveling through 11 countries in 5 months, one of those countries being Canada, particularly, Montreal.
Montreal is a beautiful city and is considered the largest city in the Quebec province and is on an island with the Saint Lawrence River surrounding it.
My partner and I were there in winter and all I can say is, wow! We got to Montreal by taking the train from New York which took about 11 solid hours, I know right?!
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We spent about 14 awesome days in Montreal and those were some of the best days of my recent travel adventures. It was so good that I plan to go back to Montreal in the near future.
So, if you wish to visit Montreal soon then you’ll need a list of things to do so that you can pack your itinerary full of amazing, wonderful and insightful adventures. Keep your eyes glued, because I’m going to share some awesome tips from my recent visit.
Here are 10 Amazing Things to do in Montreal in Winter
Take a Trip up Mount-Royal
Mount Royal is a large hill and is located to the rear of downtown Montreal. If you’re in Montreal this winter then I highly recommend adding this onto your itinerary.
Getting to the top can be done on foot, and when you’re there you can enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate or some sandwiches at the Mt Royal Chalet. When you’re all refueled and topped up, then head outside and view the magical Montreal winter skyline.
Looking at the city when it has snowed really adds to an amazing feel and sight.
Eat some Montreal Poutine
For those of you who don’t know, Poutine is a mouth-watering dish that consists of french fries topped with cheese curd and gravy. Sounds delicious right?! Well, I can assure you it is.
This a signature dish and was created in the Quebec region in the late 1950s and can be found on most fast-food menus. Keep your eyes peeled and definitely try to stop for lunch and add this as either a side or a complete meal.
Visit the Basilique Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame Basilica is a historic church that can be found in the old district of Montreal. This is another famous landmark and is a visually pleasing sight and it made headlines back in 1994 when the singer Celine Dion got married there.
There is an entrance fee to get in, however, it is so worth it! The fee starts at $5 and is well worth it to go in and see. When I was there, an orchestrated choir was preparing for an upcoming mass service which added to the surreal feeling I got from this place.
Shop till you drop on St. Catherine Street
If you had enough of sites and want to take a break to see the fashion in Montreal then I recommend heading down St. Catherine Street.
The street is filled with fashion boutiques, urban streetwear, food courts, beauty stores such as Sephora and much much more!
Taking a day out to go shopping could be what you need if you’re trying to spread out your itinerary over a number of days.
Visit the Montreal Biodome
Montreal Biodome is located at Olympic Park and allows visitors to walk through four ecosystem replicas that are found in the Americas.
The ecosystems are segmented into exhibits and are one of the top city attractions for families. Typically when you go here you want to block out your planner for about two hours which will really provide enough time to see the four ecosystems.
Use the Montreal Metro to Get Around
Because I’m from New Zealand and wasn’t to Montreal traffic editique, especially the road conditions in Winter (Icey or snowy) I decided to use the metro.
The metro is an underground service, similar to the subway found in New York City, which gets you to different parts of the city relatively quickly. The system is very easy to figure out and once you got the hang of it, taking the train will be good.
I stayed in the village area in an Airbnb which was close to the Metro makes it easy to get around. Using public transport in Montreal really made it feel like I was a local living in the city.
Take a Coffee & Chocolate Break at Juliette Chocolat
Tim Horton’s is all over Montreal, but sometimes you long for something else! Something that is made with a little tender, love, and care. If you’ve started your day early, chances are you’re on the lookout for some good coffee or hot chocolate.
Take a walk down Saint-Denis Street to find one of the best cafes! Yes, Juliette Chocolat has good coffee, succulent hot chocolate, and tasty sweet treats. Be sure to check this place out when you have a chance.
Go Watch a Movie at Cinemas Cineplex
Since Montreal is a city within the Quebec province and the majority of the people that live here speak french, it gave me the impression that the movies would be dubbed.
Surprisingly, the movies were in English and the one I saw had french subtitles.
So if you’re being snowed under and the latest blockbuster has just dropped head from Juliette Chocolat to the Cineplex to watch a movie with your friends or family.
View Old Montreal
Old Montreal is an older neighborhood that was founded by French settlers in the mid-1600s. The most stunning part of this area of Montreal is the buildings.
So if you’re an avid building enthusiast with an eye for stunning french colonial buildings then this is the place for you.
See Underground City
You have to check out Montreal’s underground city which is an underground complex of stores linked to nearby metro stations. This is the perfect place for shopping as well, as it contains over 20 miles of non-stop shops.
My experience in Montreal was absolutely amazing and if I could do it again I would. That is how much I loved this experience.
If you’re a regular traveler to Canada and have been to Quebec but not to Montreal then I highly recommend you look at adding it onto your next trip to Canada.