Whether you’re visiting Montréal for the first time, or you’re a seasoned traveller to this part of Canada, there’s always something new or exciting to discover in the city. Widely recognised as one of Canada’s most vibrant locations, some of its best-loved attractions include the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, and Mount Royal—but the list doesn’t stop there.
Montréal’s diverse range of restaurants and bars have also earned it a reputation as a world-class culinary destination—and with new restaurants popping up all the time, there’s always a reason to go back and visit. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the city’s must-visit attractions, from floating spas and beer gardens to circus acts and immersive museums. Read on for some inspiration and contact us to book your flights to Montréal.
While we’re on the subject of food, make sure you take advantage of Downtown Montréal’s new gourmet food and beer garden, Le Cathcart. The 35,000 square-foot space can be found under the glass pavilion of the Place Ville Marie Esplanade. Featuring three full-service restaurants, nine food kiosks and two cafes, the venue seats over 1000 people and echoes Montréal’s exciting street vibe and diverse culinary scene. Among the eateries you can visit are Lebanese restaurant, Omnivore, Japanese cantina, Akio, and brasserie, Mirabel. Le Cathcart is open seven days a week, year-round.
Bota Bota Spa
Located on a 1950s ferryboat, anchored in the Old Port of Montréal, Bota Bota is a ‘floating spa’ which has fast become a hot spot for visitors and residents seeking some much-needed pampering. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city while relaxing with your choice of treatment to the lulling movements of the famous St. Lawrence River. The spa consists of five decks, featuring facilities including eucalyptus steam baths and outdoor whirlpool baths, as well as a restaurant and modern garden area.
Built on top of an authentic archaeological site, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum is a major tourist attraction in the heart of the city, regularly featuring temporary exhibits in addition to its permanent fixtures. Their latest, ‘Circus!’ lands in May and will showcase the excellence of Montréal’s circus arts and the talents that drive it. Visitors will be treated to incredible set designs, sound and lightscape, as well as a range of interactive activities. Training and stage equipment will also be displayed alongside projections, video footage, photos and other archives.
Under the Same Sky (Cirque du Soleil)
Further emphasising the city’s status as a hotbed of circus talents is Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, ‘Under the Same Sky’, which premieres at Montréal’s big top in the Old Port on 23rd April 2020. Showcasing high-level acrobatics, it is expected to be a meeting of visual art and human performance, moved by a vibrant musical score. The show is written and directed by renowned artist and stage designer, Es Devlin and is Cirque du Soleil’s 51st original production and the 20th Big Top show. Tickets are available to purchase online now.
If you plan to book your flights to Montréal and you’re travelling with children, don’t miss the grand re-opening of Montréal’s Biodôme in spring 2020. Part of Canada’s largest natural museum—the Montréal Space for Life—it is one of the city’s must-see attractions and takes visitors on an immersive, sensory journey through the incredible ecosystems of the Americas. A new walkway and mezzanine level will allow you to experience the ecosystems from a different perspective. Visitors will also be able to get up close to penguins, who will soon live behind an ice wall simulating their natural habitat.
Also set to reopen soon is the Insectarium Renovation. The 29-year-old museum was closed for renovations in 2019, but is set to transform in size and concept, with brand new architecture. Visitors will be able to touch some of the insects in their habitat thanks to a new vivarium. The first part of the museum will also be underground, inviting children to look at the world through the eyes of an insect.
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