Free Things to Do in Montreal

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Montreal

Best Free Things to Do in Montreal

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  • drew s
    6th of October City, Egypt5 contributions
    Love this area of Montreal, a must see and experience. Best in summer, lively and lots to see and do. Fantastic restaurants with many to chose from. Been here many times, but this was my first in November and was very cold and windy, very few people there- wouldn't recommend visiting in November.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • marcofahmey
    Sao Paulo, SP482 contributions
    Although it was gloomy and rainy, the atmosphere was great, we took so many photos. We took the public bus and left our rental car at the apartment in order to get here because we wanted to walk around.
    Written November 30, 2023
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  • pramod J
    Toronto, Canada169 contributions
    The view inside and out are good. I dont have much to say as we visited Notre-Dame Basilica and it was awesome. but if you visit this one before Notre-Dame, then you may appreciate this one...!
    Written October 19, 2023
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  • marcofahmey
    Sao Paulo, SP482 contributions
    There are so many varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cured meats, winery etc. The prices are quite reasonable. I'd go grocery shopping here if I were living in Montreal.
    Written November 30, 2023
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,814 contributions
    The Old Port of Montreal dates back to the 1600s (1611 or 1642, depending on what you read). In its infancy, the Port functioned as an important trading post during Canada’s fur trade right through to the mid-1800s. Beginning in the early 20th century, grain became the major commodity in Montreal; thus, the Old Port became a significant hub and portal for the transport of this precious product. Later, as Montreal continued to modernize, shipping activities ceased at the Old Port in 1976. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that city planners hatched the idea of turning le Old Port into the bustling tourist attraction that it is today. In this respect, I see the Old Port as a sort of pioneer and precursor to places like Gastown or Yaletown in Vancouver; you know, redeveloping an old industrial site and having it appeal to tourists and locals alike.

    In the current day, Montreal’s Old Port is a major tourist attraction. One could easily spend a few hours walking the beautiful pathways – along the St. Lawrence’s edge – and admiring the beautiful confluence of old and new: In terms of the historic, there are a few information plaques providing important context and outlining why the Old Port was (and is) significant to Montreal. There is also the Montreal Clock Tower, erected in 1922, which served as a literal and figurative beacon to sailors coming in and out of the Old Port; and, of course, there are a few historic buildings as well. With respect to the modern, the Old Port is home to Clock Tower Beach (a fake beach adjacent the Clock Tower); La Grande Roue de Montreal, which is recognized as the largest Ferris wheel in Canada; zip-line fun; and the Science Centre, which opened in 2000. In short, the Old Port has a little something for everybody, young and old.

    During our visit, we ambled along the Old Port – albeit a bit slowly due to a foot issue I was dealing with at the time – and admired the gorgeous views of the St Lawrence River juxtaposed with Old Montreal. Above all else, it was nice to see so many people out and enjoying themselves after a couple years of restrictions. The world was – and is – coming back to life.
    Written November 29, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia44,486 contributions
    Rue Saint-Paul is one of Montreal's oldest streets. It is a lovely area to take a stroll and enjoy the surrounding beautiful buildings, shops and the atmosphere. The Bonsecours Market is there with a large variety of shops inside. Also the old Notre-Dame De-Bonsecours Chapel is in this area and worth visiting as well.
    Written November 8, 2023
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  • Chloe Thomas
    Russell Springs, KY960 contributions
    My mother and I had looked forward to visiting the Barbie museum in Montreal for months leading up to our trip.

    We were scared a few weeks before as it said temporarily closed, but did not stress as this seems to happen often and for short periods of time.

    The expo is free and inside a shopping center, which can be a bit tricky to find if you are not familiar with the area. Admission is free.

    We were amazed at all the Barbie’s. Each section was themed such as cultural, wedding, celebrity, fashion, and so on.

    Some people could get through the expo in 15 minutes, but we probably spent an hour here admiring the beautiful dolls.

    Great for all ages.
    Written November 13, 2023
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  • md1mm
    Sheffield, UK1,587 contributions
    This is a large beautiful cathedral in central Montreal, nextdoor to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Whatever is happening outside with the noise and cold of modern Montreal in November, is forgotten when you enter and appreciate the art, beauty and scale of this place. Even as a non-religious person I found this place to be quite extraordinary and definitely worth a visit.
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, CA1,440 contributions
    I ended up walking the whole of this street by accident as I got lost. But it has so much to offer. It has the upscale shopping then it is a walking only are in the Arts district. Then it goes through the old village. Each area distinct in its own right. I feel like getting lost and wandering the street ended up being a treasure and made for a great afternoon.
    Written February 13, 2023
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,814 contributions
    Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, also known as the “Sailors Church,” represented one of the last major stops on our day tour of Old Montreal. This wasn’t for lack of things to do; rather, the foot issue I’d been dealing with at the time was starting to become a bother and made it quite uncomfortable to amble about. As such, my time visiting this lovely church was marred by increasing pain, which obviously detracted from my overall enjoyment from what is a lovely – and somewhat quirky – house of worship.

    In any event, the Sailors Church was built in 1771 on the foundations of an even older church (which, I think, makes it one of the oldest churches in Montreal). It was designed by Marguerite Bougeoys, one of Montreal’s first teachers. The design is at once opulent and practical: Opulent because of the ornate biblical scenes that decorate the ceiling concomitant with beautiful stained-glass windows; and practical because the church isn’t large and serves a clear and definite purpose. Yes, it’s no Notre Dame Basilica, but it carries its own unique charm and character.

    Besides the ornate ceiling work and obvious religious symbolism found throughout the sanctuary, this church’s most defining characteristic has to be the wooden model ships that hang from the ceiling, giving Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel its alternate name (“Sailors Church”). “But,” you might ask, “why boats?” And that’s where this church’s connection to the Old Port and sea comes into play. Beginning in the 19th century, sailors arriving from the Old Port would make a pilgrimage to this church and make offerings to the Virgin Mary as thanks for her help in safe sea voyages. The model boats and the church’s nickname are meant to emphasize this unique connection with Montreal’s Old Port and St. Lawrence River. I think this is a really neat touch and adds something special to the church.

    Marguerite Bougeoys Museum, which first opened in 1998, is also housed in the church; however, we did not visit it, nor did we visit the archeological site or lookout tower. Again, I blame the foot pain! That issue notwithstanding, we still enjoyed our visit to this church and highly recommend it to those exploring Old Montreal. It is much more than meets the eye!
    Written November 29, 2023
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  • Brian P
    Cupar, UK427 contributions
    This foodies paradise is well worth a visit. It is near the Canal Lachine. Outside there are excellent stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables while inside the is everything from meat and maple syrup to patisseries and cheese. Note: the nearest Metro station is the one after Atwater - Lionel - Groulx
    Written September 5, 2023
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  • CAZ485
    Atlanta, GA98 contributions
    More a neighborhood than a specific place, this area is friendly, very international, easy to walk or bike with plenty of good food and wine, and comfortable accommodations. I could sit for hours and enjoy the ambience in St. Louis Square or Park La Fontaine. And less jet lag than France.
    Written August 6, 2023
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  • N F
    Edmonton, Canada69 contributions
    A great way to spend a nice day in Montreal is to rent a bike and spend some time on the many bike trails and paths around the city. And no biking day would be complete without a visit to the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on ile Notre-Dame. It’s an easy ride across a couple of bridges from the old town (Ville-Marie). You can bike right on the F1 track, around the turns and right past the stands. As a working F1 track the road is perfectly maintained and an easy and pleasant ride.
    Written July 29, 2023
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  • Corbin G
    Holyoke, MA416 contributions
    This is a mall. Just a mall. It was clean and organized well. It had some of the big stores you'd hope for along with some independents that were kinda cool. And it was convenient to where we were staying.
    Written October 17, 2023
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  • Moe_Ipak
    United States375 contributions
    Great campus to visit. We were surprised that all the buildings were open. We have been to MIT, Harvard, Princeton, NYU and many more Universities, and none of them are open. You need an access card to enter.

    McGill University was completely open. You can walk into any library, any building, any class. We didn't try to open the offices as that would have been disrespectful. Their library was very nice. The campus is a great hike and very close to Mont Royal.
    Written July 19, 2023
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