Things to do in Centre-Ville (Downtown)

Top 10 Things to Do in Centre-Ville (Downtown), Montreal

Top Things to Do in Centre-Ville (Downtown)

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  • victoriafoody
    Victoria, Canada284 contributions
    This is a great museum with a wide variety of art spread out across multiple buildings. There is the ethnic art from Asia and First Nation, as well as the more traditional Western Art. We especially enjoyed the gallery on Japanese art and the modern design furniture.

    We would definitely go back as there's lots of interesting and beautiful art to explore.

    If there's one complaint, it's that there is no cloakroom or anywhere secure to leave coats or bags whilst inside.
    Written January 18, 2023
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,210 contributions
    .. whereas on a frigid January, there were no stalls - even at the weekend (bar one hardy soul) . The wheel was in operation but unappealing due to the cold. Some nice decorations lights were to be seen.
    Written January 7, 2023
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  • Moe B
    Vancouver, Canada65 contributions
    We were walking along when my wife (her name is Barbie) spotted the Barbie Expo sign. My Barbie being a Barbie doll fan since childhood decided we were going in. No way was I going to object, so I found a nice place to sit and watch a football game on my phone while my Barbie walked among the hundred (yes, hundreds) of Barbie dolls costumed to reflect different cultures, fashion styles and eras, professions, and events. There were Barbies of all ages, ethnicities, and races. There were fancy Barbies and casual Barbies. It was a seemingly endless display of probably every Barbie ever created (and where did they all come from?). There was even a photo booth you could go into and have your picture taken pretending to be a new-in-box Barbie doll. My wife wandered for an hour, I watched the football game until my phone died. My team won. My wife saw all her childhood Barbie's. It was a great day.
    Written October 22, 2022
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada1,494 contributions
    Saint-Catherine’s Street is a very long street that weaves through several different neighbourhoods in Montreal. There is a lot going on here, lots of restaurants, pubs and shopping. I actually ended up seeing Emmanuel Arceneaux of the Elks walking down the street the night before the game. In hindsight, I should have stopped to say hi and get a selfie with him. I ended up walking along Saint-Catherine’s Street several times during my week-long stay.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,210 contributions
    Great ceiling and dome from both inside and out. Reminiscent of St Peter's in Rome. Incense from a recent service still wafting around added to the atmosphere.
    Written January 8, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,587 contributions
    Nice to see a modern hockey arena right in the middle of downtown in an area that is well served by transit. Nice plaza out front with lots of statues and plaques. Big efficient place.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • Harvey689
    Alexandria, VA117 contributions
    The metro covers many areas of Montreal and we used it during our visit to get to many areas. The metro staff was helpful and supportive in providing us with directions, information, and tickets. The metro comes often and wait time was minimal. It's a good way to get around the city.
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • AnLil
    889 contributions
    I visited Montreal for a conference and toured the campus again. McGill and University of Toronto are typically tied, ranked first for Canadian universities. McGill’s reputation is boosted by the amazing city it’s situated in. Birks and many buildings were old, so there wasn’t as much in terms of technology, aside from Arts and Science buildings. However, the campus was lovely in the centre of it all in Montreal. Everyone liked the university: everything was compact, interesting to see, welcoming, and accessible on foot. It’s best to visit on a Friday or weekday. During Frosh Week at the end of August, there were free drinks, sponsor treats, and bustling activity by the front gates of the university on West Sherbrooke St. This grassy knoll atop McGill College, which leads down to the heart of the shopping district on Sainte-Catherine, is a student hub in warmer weather. For some reason, people were giving away free McGill shirts that said “Harvard of Canada.” (The trademark red college shirts are sold at Librairie le James bookstore by Musee McCord Stewart, not at the Bookstore on McGill College facing the main gates.) This is where women’s strike activity around 1948 was led by the International Labour Organisation, based on McGill campus beside central McCall MacBain Hall at Dawson Hall (853 Sherbrooke O.). These Socialist-bent students were later influential in the rise of the federal NDP party by supporting politicians from Saskatchewan, and social welfare/Medicaid programs. It all started here, from where future leaders originally gathered, above Dr William Alex Molson’s 1906 House on McGill College Ave. A parking/car entrance is off Rue University, below the original area of campus. The other area of the university is nearer the foot of Mont-Royal; this park/mountain provides a stunning backdrop to both McGill and Concordia universities in the shared vicinity. All of the student housing was bunched along Sherbrooke at the other end, toward Ave du Parc and Milton in the grungier part of the “Student Ghetto.” The area still felt safe, as we arrived at 2 a.m. and saw women walking solo through the neighbourhood. Whatever you do, don’t miss McGill, which is not far from all the action at Sainte Catherine Rue. Everything’s accessible by foot or by underground Metro (not to be mistaken with the supermarket chain) around McGill College Ave., and shopping malls can be found surrounding Scotiabank theatre—not far from underground Peel Street (or McGill) Metro stations. It’s worth a visit to Montreal Centre-Ville—especially in May-June and early fall. Enjoy the great food awaiting you, along with a diversity of shops and sights!
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • Stirling B
    Ottawa, Canada585 contributions
    While in Montreal recently, I had the opportunity to use the Montreal Underground to get from Old Montreal right up to Ste Catherine Street. Most of my walk was along concrete and brick walls, however it was punctuated by some shops and fast food outlets. The Montreal Underground is especially useful in winter when temperatures plunge in Montreal.
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • travelerhugh
    Belleville, IL85 contributions
    Visiting the south end of the Lachine Canal provides a glimpse into the evolution of the canals. The north end (at the port) provides a little more. There are parts restored and visible, others not so much, since the entire canal fell into disuse after the St. Lawrence Seaway with its larger locks and channels was opened in 1959-1963.
    Written October 6, 2022
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  • Judith G
    Morris Plains, NJ4 contributions
    This was a nice little Museum. Not overwhelming. You are able to get background and interesting information on particular people or cultural events of Canada. We enjoyed it.
    Written February 22, 2020
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  • xJAIMIEx
    Toronto, Ontario48 contributions
    Beautiful building within the McGill University campus with a treasure trove of very interesting displays and exhibits with much variety.
    Great place to visit! Not too big but still much to see! Mummies, dinosaurs, extinct animals, fossils and minerals are some of the interesting exhibits they have for showcase
    Written March 22, 2020
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  • Daniel B
    Talara, Piura, Peru15 contributions
    What a experience travelling from Peru to Montreal for this event, was excellent.
    100 in organization fron Thursday to Sunday.. wonderfull
    100 for people who was seating for hours and chering for different teams
    100 for food and beverages (cost and availability)
    60 for cost of souvenirs
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • utfiero
    Austin, TX3,672 contributions
    Truly unique architectural design! Built for the 1967 Expo and designed by Moshe Safdie, this condo complex is truly unique and worth seeing. We didn’t have time to book a tour, but tours are offered. We slowly drove by Habitat 67, then illegally parked the car and took some photos. Traffic was minimal the day we visited.

    The Wall Street Journal ran a story on Habitat 67 on September 7, 2022. That article reported that monthly dues are now $760 / cube / month and that the complex needs some structural repairs.
    Written December 3, 2022
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  • Mark G
    New York City, NY125 contributions
    Great place to visit, you can spend an hour or several, proceed through history at your own pace. I learned so much about Montreal in such a short time, I never knew about the quiet revolution of the 60's in Montreal. I highly recommend visitors stop here early in their visit, the museum gives a great overview of the city and is very reasonable.
    Written February 24, 2020
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