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Easy Montreal charter bus rentals

Montreal is Quebec's largest city, and the second-largest city in Canada. Discover all it has to offer with an affordable charter bus rental from Bus.com.

Bus.com is here for you with easy, budget-friendly, reliable, and comfortable ground transportation. Whether you’re in the market for a bus that is small or large, simple or fully equipped, we’ll hook you up with the best Montreal charter bus on the market. Request a quote online, select the bus that fits your budget, then head off on your adventure in La Belle Province. You’ll be matched with a local Montreal bus company that meets our high standards.

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What is Bus.com?

Bus.com is a marketplace for charter buses connecting event organizers and bus suppliers. We help you set up transportation to and from any type of events by partnering with reliable and vetted bus companies across North America.

What determines the price of a Montreal charter bus rental?

Multiple factors help determine charter bus rental prices in Montreal: trip date, distance traveled, driver’s time on duty, availability of buses in Montreal, and time of the year. We are also able to get the best bus rates on the market thanks to our relationships with bus partners.

Where do you get your Montreal buses from?

Our large network of trusted charter bus partners extends across North America. Our team vets each local bus company we work with to make sure you receive exceptional charter bus service in Montreal at competitive prices.

How do I rent a charter bus in Montreal with a driver?

A bus driver is included with each charter bus rental in Montreal. Our charter bus prices reflect this by accounting for driver’s gratuity and hotel accommodations based on industry standards.

What kind of charter bus rentals can I book in Montreal?

You will be able to book a school bus rental, coach bus rental, mini coach bus, or minibus rental in Montreal depending on your trip’s length and the amenities you need.

How soon do I have to book my charter bus rental in Montreal?

It is recommended that you rent a charter bus sooner rather than later. Bus prices tend to increase closer to your departure date. Our Book Now, Pay Later policy lets you take advantage of lower costs by making a bus reservation now, but only paying for it 21 days before your trip runs.

Weddings bus rentals in Montreal

For all your wedding-related events and on your Special Day, you can trust Bus.com to provide you with easy and smooth transportation with a wedding bus in Montreal. From party bus rentals for pre-wedding celebrations to minibuses to shuttle guests around, we’ll make sure you find a wedding bus rental fit for all of your needs.
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Planning your Wedding Group Travel

When wedding bells rhyme with securing a venue, sending out guest invitations, and deciding on the right flower arrangement, things can get a bit hectic. We’ll help you find some peace of mind amongst all the chaos by taking care of your wedding transportation. That way, you can keep focusing on the other details of your Big Event. Whether you need to a fully decked-out party bus rental or a minibus rental in Montreal, we’ll find you the perfect vehicle for your wedding day.

Wedding Transportation

Your wedding is an event not to be missed, and your transportation shouldn’t miss the mark either. We’ll make sure you hit everything spot on with a charter bus rental that’s fit for your wedding day needs, whether that’s a minibus for a pre-ceremony photoshoot at the Old Port or an all-star limo service for you and your bridal party.

Shuttles for Guests

The best thing about weddings is gathering all your loved ones together. From near or far, make sure they get safely and easily to your wedding by renting a bus in Montreal. For guests who arrive by airfare, you can even organize a dedicated shuttle service to pick them up directly from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and drop them off at their hotels. Whether your reception is hosted at La Toundra or Hotel William Gray, our team of bus experts will help you set up the most convenient itinerary for all your guests.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party

Your bachelor or bachelorette party is the pre-festivities to the greatest celebration of your life – which means that transportation for the event should be just as great. As one of the top cities in the world for bachelor and bachelorette parties, Montreal crawls with fun activities such as Craft Beer Tours or speed boating with Jet Boat Montreal. Rent an all decked-out party bus for you and your crew for the best way to get from one stop to the other!

Bridal Shower

A little bit of pampering is always a good idea before the grand event! Start off with a spa session at Bota Bota with your closest friends, then head over to the Le Parloir for some picture perfect afternoon tea, or to Le Richmond, a stunning restaurant with an award-winning terrace and delectable cuisine. Wherever your day takes you, our bus specialists will help you plan the most convenient itinerary for all your celebrations.

Engagement Party

Getting engaged is exciting! And there’s nothing else better than to be able to share the good news and celebrate with your dearest friend and family. Whether you decide to host a party at lofty Espace Reunion or Cava for sophisticated Greek cuisine, guests should have an easy way to get to your event. Charter a bus in Montreal to help them avoid traffic jams and the pains of having to find parking.

Find the right bus

When you book with us, you can choose from a variety of vehicle options in your area, curated by availability, budget, and amenities.

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Comfort for small groups
32 seats

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47 seats

Sports teams bus rentals in Montreal

Make it easy for your sports teams to travel to all their sporting events with a reliable charter bus in Montreal. Plan various pick-up points for athletes with a minibus rental or rent a coach bus to make your team's trip to their big out-of-town game a comfortable one. No matter where your team is headed off next, we'll make sure you find the right vehicle for all your sports team's transportation need.
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Planning your Sports Teams Group Travel

There’s nothing better than bringing your winning team to sweet victory. Between being on the road and heading out to team practices, there is a ton that goes into ensuring that your team is ready to tackle challenges head on. Let us take some of the pressure off your plate by organizing your sports team’s transportation with a charter bus rental in Montreal. Whether you’re looking for a minibus or school bus, we’ll make sure you find the perfect vehicle for your team’s specific needs.

Out-of-Town Tournaments

Transportation to your matches and tournaments should be the perfect lead-up to your big event: reliable, safe, and comfortable. From minibuses catered towards smaller teams to a full-on coach bus designed for long-distance travel and equipped with amenities, such as power outlets, extra storage room, and bathrooms, we’ll help you find the vehicle that’s best suited for your sports team’s transportation needs.

Team Practices

Prepping for the big championship is of highest importance. Making sure that players and coaches get to their practices on time, whether they’re being held at McGill’s Percival Molson Stadium or the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, is key to making the most out of the team’s efforts. Our logistics specialists will help you rent a charter bus in Montreal to pick your team up at a single location, or make various stops along the way to best accommodate everybody.

Shuttles for Airport and Hotel Transfers

With athletes, coaches, and the entire support staff traveling across the country, we want to help you make the transfer to your hotel from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport as smooth as possible. With a coach bus rental in Montreal with room for all your sports equipment and baggage, we’ll make sure your whole team arrives at their accommodations easily. Our logistics experts will help you plan out the most convenient bus routes from the airport to hotels.

Support Your Home Team

Get your fan gear on, and go support your favourite team, whether it’s the Impact at the Saputo Stadium or the Habs at the Bell Centre. No matter where your team will be playing, we’ll make sure you arrive to the game safely and on time. Rent a bus in Montreal to beat that game time traffic and avoid hefty parking fees!

Corporate bus rentals in Montreal

With a charter bus in Montreal, you can organize easy and reliable transportation for your company, and all its Montreal conference or corporate event needs. We'll help you find a vehicle that's just right for your corporate transportation needs, whether it's a coach bus to bring your team to a well-deserved cottage retreat, or a minibus rental to make your team's ride from the airport to the hotels as smooth as possible.
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Planning your Corporate Group Travel

One of the leading factors of employee satisfaction happens to be a company’s culture. A great way to build yours is through offsite meetings, corporate retreats, and enriching conferences for your team. We’ll help you move employees to all these different team activities with a convenient bus rental in Montreal. Whether you need a coach bus or a minibus, we’ll find you a vehicle that’s just the perfect fit for all your corporate transportation needs.

Corporate Retreats and Team Outings

The trip to your next corporate retreat is the best way to get to know your coworkers. Think about it – there is no better way to get acquainted with new colleagues than by striking up a conversation while en route to your event. You could decide to embrace the outdoors with team sports at Estérel Resort or go on a wild Amazing Race through the cobblestone streets of the Old Port for some exciting team building. We’ll make sure your group travels to their destination easily and safely with a comfortable coach bus or a convenient school bus for shorter distances.

Off-Site Meetings

If your team needs a change in environment for a productivity boost, consider having off-site meetings. By renting a coach bus with full amenities like space for your laptop and the possibility of adding WiFi, you won’t even have to worry about missing out on work time while on your way there.

Conferences and Tradeshows

Even while traveling, you will be able to stay connected. Sleek coach buses come with a full range of amenities to keep you productive and comfortable, such as power outlets, reclining seats, and on-board bathrooms. Professional drivers will make sure you arrive directly to your conference on schedule, whether it’s held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal or Place Bonaventure. That way, you won’t have to worry finding the venue on your own or missing out on an important talk.

Shuttles for Airport and Hotel Transfers

Make sure your team is all set to go after they fly into Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. By renting a charter bus, you can avoid the pains of expensive cab rides from the airport to your hotel downtown. Instead, work with our team of logistics specialists to plan a flexible itinerary to drive everybody from the airport directly to their hotel, or make pit stops along the way.

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Student bus rentals in Montreal

As Canada’s second-largest city and cultural capital, Montreal is a great destination for your student trips. Indeed, the city is home to world-class museums, art galleries, performing arts spaces, universities, and unique architectural heritage. Plan your student trip in Montreal with bus.com by contacting our expert booking agents to match your group with the bus types that fits its needs –– from classic yellow school buses and minibuses to mini coach buses and full-sized coaches.

 

Whether you need a simple, cost-effective bus for your kindergarten field trip to the Montreal Botanical Garden or need a comfortable, long range bus with plenty of storage for your Grade-11 ski trip to Bromont; we’ve got a bus that will keep your group safe, comfortable and on schedule in Montreal.

Montreal field trip charter bus rentals

Discover Montreal’s must see group tour locations on your next student field trip! And while field trips can be challenging to organize (especially when traveling with minors), we’re here to help you every step of the way.
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Biosphere

The unique geodesic Biosphere museum was formerly the site of the United States Pavillon when Expo ’67 hit Montreal. Today, it hosts a museum dedicated to the environment (particularly the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence water system). It focuses on important issues like sustainability, climate change, and water quality.

Address: 160 Chemin du Tour de l’isle, Montréal, QC H3C 4G8
Phone: (514) 397-2000

La Ronde

La Ronde is a seasonal theme park on the Northern tip of Saint Helen’s Island, originally built as the entertainment complex for Expo 67, the 1967 world fair. Today the park is operated by Six Flags and is Canada’s second-largest theme park. The park is open from mid-May to late October and contains over 40 rides, including ten roller coasters and is  also home a high-profile international fireworks competition, L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, which takes place every summer.

Address: 22 Chemin Macdonald, Montréal, QC H3C 6A3
Phone: (514) 397-2000

Mont Royal

Designed by the legendary landscape architecture Frederick Law Olmsted, Mont Royal is truly a gem of Montreal. The sprawling park is found in the center of the city and is a popular destination for year-round activities.

Address:  1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1A2
Phone: (514) 733-8211

Montreal Science Centre

The Montreal Science Centre is found on the King Edward Pier in Montreal’s famous Old Port. Featuring a large collection of interactive science-themed exhibits and an IMAX theater, the museum is a popular destination for school field trips are both the elementary and the secondary levels.

Address:  2 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 4B2
Phone: (514) 733-8211

Montreal Biodome

Part of the Space for Life museum district, the Montreal Biodome is an eco-museum allowing visitors to experience replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. The ecosystems include a  tropical rainforest, a Laurentian Forest, a Saint Lawrence River marine ecosystem, and a subpolar region— each with their own native plants and animals. The museum is currently closed for renovations but will open in the spring of 2020.

Address: 4101 Sherbrooke St E, Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2
Phone: (514) 868-3000

Montreal Botanical Gardens

The Montreal Botanical Gardens is a 75 hectare (190 acres) collection of thematic gardens and greenhouses that was designated as a National Historic Site in 2008. It’s one of the most important botanical gardens in the world owing to its extensive collection and facilities. Current themed gardens include a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden, a First Nations garden, and an Alpine Garden.

Address: 4581 Sherbrooke St E, Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2
Phone: (514) 868-3000

Montreal campus tour bus rentals

Montreal is a great destination for campus tours, with four major universities and the highest proportion of university students city in North America.
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Montreal area campus tours

Montreal’s English Universities include McGill University, one of the most prestigious in Canada and Concordia University, known for its famed John Molson School of Business. The French Universities include Université de Montréal, the second largest research university in Canada and Université du Québec à Montréal, known for its excellent liberal arts programs. Whichever school you’ll be visiting, a charter bus rental will keep your group comfortable and on-schedule while we handle the traffic, directions, and parking. Check out our guide to planning your Montreal campus tour with bus.com to get started today.

McGill University

McGill University is one of Canada’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. First Established in 1821, McGill now offers diplomas in over 300 different fields of study. Its illustrious alumni include Nobel prize laureates, Rhodes Scholars, Olympic medalists, academy award winners, astronauts, billionaires, former prime ministers, and justices of the Canadian Supreme Court.

Address: 845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4
Phone: (514) 398-4455

Concordia University

Founded in 1974 from the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, Concordia University now enrolls over 45,000 students every year, in over 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs. Of particular note is the university’s John Molson School of Business, which is particularly well regarded in the academic community and regularly ranks among the world’s best business schools.

Address: 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
Phone: (514) 848-2424

Université de Montréal

The Université de Montréal is a French language research university located right on the northern slope of Mont-Royal in the Outremont and Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhoods. The university contains a total of thirteen faculties, over sixty departments, and two affiliated schools: the Polytechnique Montréal  (an engineering school), and HEC Montréal (a business school). Altogether, the university enrolls over 34,000 undergraduates and over 11,000 post-graduate students every year.

Address: 2900 Edouard Montpetit Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1J4
Phone: (514) 343-6111

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

The Université du Québec à Montréal (often referred to as UQAM) was formed in 1969 through the merger of the  Collège Sainte-Marie; and the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, as well as numerous smaller colleges. Today, the Université du Québec à Montréal has more than 40,000 students enrolled annually and offers bachelor, doctorate, and masters degrees in fine arts, education, communication, political science, law, science, social science, and business.

Address: 405 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC H2L 2C4
Phone: (514) 987-3000

Montreal airport bus rentals

Avoid dealing with confusing public transit systems, or hailing an expensive fleet of cabs to get your group to their accommodations by renting an affordable airport charter bus from Bus.com.
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Airport shuttle bus services

Getting groups from Montreal’s airport and settled in their hotels can be a challenge. But we’re here to help. Our mini coach and full-sized coach buses have plenty of space for your baggage, pick-ups are made easy with designated spots just outside the terminal, and our professional, vetted drivers know the city inside and out —so we can get your group settled in their accommodations as quickly as possible.

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly Montréal–Dorval International Airport) is Montreal’s primary airport, named in honor of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. The airport is the busiest in Quebec and the third busiest in Canada. It offers year-round, non-stop flights to five continents with a total of over 19 million passengers every year. The airport is 20 km (12 mi) from the downtown core, a short 20-minute hop by bus.

Address: Romeo-Vachon Blvd N, Dorval, Quebec H4Y 1H1
Phone: (514) 394-7377

Montréal-Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport

The Montréal St. Hubert Longueuil Airport is the Montreal area’s oldest airport, located in the Saint-Hubert borough of Longueuil, only 16 km from downtown Montreal. In recent years, the airport has mostly specialized in general aviation and charter flights, but the airport has recently expanded its facilities to welcome a greater volume of passenger airlines, which will be offering flights to destinations in Canada and the United States in the near future.

Address: 5700 Route de l’Aéroport, Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 8Y9
Phone: (450) 678-6030

Arts & Culture in Montreal

There’s no shortage of exciting arts and culture venues in Montreal, and renting a charter bus from bus.com is a great way to ensure your group gets to see them all! Whether you’re planning a group visit to see the Montreal Symphony Orchestra or a guided tour of the stately 19th-century mansions of the Golden Square Mile, leave the transportation to us and rent a cost-effective charter bus for whatever your plans might be.
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Montreal's art scene by tour bus

With Bus.com, you won’t have to worry about planning your route, navigating through traffic, or parking, for that matter! Our vetted professional drivers will pick you up, drop you off, and get you around town in comfort and safety while your group soaks it all in.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is located on the Sherbrooke street stretch of Montreal’s historic Golden Square Mile district. It is Montreal’s primary fine art museum, and Canada’s largest by gallery space. Originally founded in 1860, the museum’s ongoing mission statement is to “encourage the appreciation of fine arts among the people of the city,” and with over one million visitors annually, it seems to be succeeding.

Address: 1380 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5
Phone: (514) 285-2000

Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Quebec

The Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec is a museum that documents and showcases the inspiring handiwork of Quebec’s artisans and craftspeople, both historically and in the present day. It is located in the Saint-Laurent district of Montreal, and fittingly,  is housed in the former Presbyterian church of Saint-Paul, the structure of which was meticulously taken apart piece by piece in 1930, at its original location in downtown Montreal, and painstakingly rebuilt where it stands today.

Address: 615 Sainte Croix Ave, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4L 3X6
Phone:(514) 747-7367

Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC)

The Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC) is Montreal’s contemporary art museum located in the Place des Arts complex in the city’s Quartier des Spectacles district. It was founded in 1964 and was Canada’s first museum devoted to exhibiting contemporary art. The MAC has four rooms devoted to its permanent collection and four more for mounting temporary exhibits. Their permanent collection features over 7,000 works of art by more than 1,500 artists with a particular focus on art produced in Quebec and Canada.

Address: 185 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5
Phone: 514 847-6226

St. Joseph's Oratory

St. Joseph’s Oratory is a national shrine and Roman Catholic minor basilica in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood on the Westmount summit of Mount Royal. Beginning in 1924, the church took over 40 years to fully realize, finishing just in time for Canada’s centenary and Montreal’s world Expo in 1967. The Oratory is Canada’s largest church and an iconic Montreal landmark that welcomes over 2 million pilgrims and visitors from all over the world every year.

Address: 3800 Queen Mary Road, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6
Phone: 514 847-6226

The Old Port of Montreal

Montreal’s Old Port is a historic neighborhood of Montreal dating from as early as 1611. Today, the district is a tourist hub that attracts over 6 million visitors every year. Local attractions include La Grande roue de Montréal , a Ferris wheel offering great views of the city as well as the Saint-Lawrence River;  the Plage de l’Horloge, an urban beach at the base of the Montreal Clocktower, and the Montreal Science Center, a high-tech museum with its own IMAX theatre.

Music festivals near Montreal

Montreal is home to its fair share of big-ticket music festivals. Rely on bus.com to handle your transportation, so your group doesn’t miss a beat.

 

 

Music Festivals in the Montreal area include Osheaga, Mutek, ÎleSoniq, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, and Igloofest—-just to name a few! Getting to these venues is relatively easy with traditional public transit, but renting a charter bus shuttle for your group will make certain your group stays together, won’t be late for any of the must-see shows, and has a safe, hassle-free ride back to their accommodations after the show.

Weekend Trips from Montreal

Montreal is a great launchpad for weekend road trips, with quaint wine tours, breathtaking campsites and exciting ski hills just short hops away. A charter bus rental can help get your group out of the city and into the great outdoors!
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Roadtrip by charter bus

Our range of buses are versatile and can be equipped with a range of amenities to suit your needs: TV/DVD support for entertainment on a long haul, undercarriage storage for all your camping or ski gear, and even reclining seats so you can catch a nap! All of our rentals come with a professional driver who will arrange pick-ups and drop-offs according to your schedule, and our custom quote tool automatically includes their accommodation and gratuity—taking all the guesswork out of preparing your budget.

Group Camping Near Montreal

For outdoor types, there are loads of great group camping sites near Montreal. There’s the scenic Gatineau Park near Ottawa, a watersports and hiking paradise in Lake Témiscouata, or even more remote sites like the pristine Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Some of the best spots can be pretty far-flung, but they’re well worth the drive.

Ski Trips near Montreal

Don’t let the winter keep you from experiencing the great outdoors. There are dozens of great ski hills in the Montreal area for groups of all skill levels. Classic ski resorts like Mont Tremblant, nearby Bromont or even Jay Peak, in Vermont, are just a few of the options available in the area, and they’re all just a short bus hop away.

Popular events in Montreal

There’s always something going on in Montreal, but doubly so during the summer festival season when the city swells with visitors looking to experience some of the best the city has to offer. Wherever your destination in Montreal, a charter bus rental from Bus.com will ensure your group gets to their event in safety, comfort, and style.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal’s International Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held right downtown in Montreal’s Quartier-des-Spectacles entertainment district. The festival features over 3,000 artists from all over the world who perform in over 650 concerts (450 of which are free outdoor performances), and over 2 million attendees visit every year.

Osheaga

Osheaga is a multi-day indie music festival held in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saint Helen’s Island. The festival has six event stages and welcomes over 400,000 attendees every year. Some of the festival’s previous headliners have included the likes of The Weeknd, Lana Del Ray, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.

Festival Mondiale de la Bière

For true beer aficionados, the Festival Mondiale de la Bière is a paradise. One of the most important festivals of its kind, it’s held annually in late May at Montreal’s downtown Gare Windsor. It features over 90 separate brewers and offers over 500 products to be sampled over the course of the four-day festival.

Montreal Comicon

Launched in 2006, the Montreal Comicon is a celebration of comic books, toys, video games, anime, and other subcultures. It’s held in July over the course of three days in the Palais des Congrès convention center in downtown Montreal and features celebrity guests, cosplay competitions, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, and more.

Holidays in Montreal

The holidays are a time to come together. You might be planning a holiday family gathering, a New Year’s Eve walking tour, or a St.Patrick’s Day pub crawl, but whatever your plans for the holidays in Montreal, charter bus rentals from Bus.com are a safe, comfortable, and hassle-free way of getting your group around town.

The holiday season in Montreal

Montreal is home to more than a few longstanding holiday traditions, but some of our favorites include performances of the Nutcracker at Place des Arts (and its charity affiliate the Nutcracker Market in the Palais des Congrès), the Fire on Ice fireworks show, and Merry Montreal in Place Jacques-Cartier.

New Year’s Eve

Montreal loves a good party, so when it comes to the biggest party of the year, it pulls out all the stops. Some of the best annual parties include those held at the Montreal Casino, the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), and of course, the ever-popular, family-friendly NYE party and fireworks show at the Old Port of Montreal.

Saint-Jean Baptiste day in Montreal

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is Quebec’s national holiday and is a great way to get a taste of the local culture. Be sure to catch the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day Parade that runs down St.Denis towards the Place-des-Festivals downtown, and don’t miss the real blowout event: the Grand Spectacle at Espace 67, featuring some of Quebec’s most talented live acts.

St. Patrick's day in Montreal

Montreal has a large population of citizens with Irish roots, and Montrealers take St. Patrick’s Day celebrations very seriously. Local Irish pubs like  Hurley’s, McKibbins and Le Vieux Dublin go all out, but for most Montrealer’s Saint Patrick’s day is all about the Montreal Saint Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Sainte-Catherine Street every year.

The Boroughs of Montreal

Montreal is an island city that is divided into 19 boroughs (arrondissements). United in its duality, Montreal speaks (mainly) two languages, presents two major cultural influences, and provides twice the joy of discovery. Montreal is also two-places-in-one: its second city, Montreal's Underground, is located entirely below downtown and is the largest of its kind in the world.

Downtown

Downtown is the busy heart of Montreal: a business hub with skyscrapers, top hotels, and luxury dining. Both French and English styles intertwine here in language, experiences, and architecture. The Golden Square Mile is a historic area with Victorian-style mansions built by British merchants. Rue St-Denis, leading to the Université du Québec à Montréal, is one of the most popular spots for shopping, eating, and nightlife. Also in the area is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a 150 years old museum with Rembrandt, Cézanne, Renoir, and Picasso in its collections. La Ville Souterraine (the Underground City) is Montreal’s wonder, accessible from most Downtown stations. This vast underground maze was constructed together with the Metro and Palais des Congrès (Convention Center). 

Plateau Mont-Royal

The Plateau Mont-Royal is characterized by its location adjacent the Mont Royal. The Parc du Mont-Royal is a vast space of green with walking and biking routes. The “mountain”, as it is commonly called, also hosts two old cemeteries representing the historical forces of the city —  one Anglophone and Protestant, and the other Francophone and Catholic. The Plateau-Mont-Royal district is a popular place to rent vacation accommodation. The Mile End is the home to Le Marché des Possibles, a space hosting many cultural and corporate events.

Old Montreal

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) is the birthplace of the city and the heart of its cultural life. Its peaceful cobblestone streets — especially Place Jacques-Cartier — are much-loved by street performers. Just a bit further north, the Place des Arts is home to the Montreal Opera, Symphony Orchestra, and Grands Ballets Canadiens. It also hosts the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Just For Laughs comedy event. Other notable historic locations include Vieux-Port-de-Montréal (Old Port of Montreal), the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), and the Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market). Basilique Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame Basilica) is the prime attraction of Montreal and one of the most dramatic Gothic Revival interiors in the world. 

Montreal islands

Montreal includes one artificial and one natural island on the St. Lawrence River: Ile Ste-Hélène, and Ile Notre-Dame. Ile Ste-Hélène hosted the Expo 67 world’s fair, some events of the 1976 Summer Olympics and currently hosts La Ronde Amusement Park. A few popular festivals like Osheaga Festival and L’International des Feux Loto-Québec (famous for its fireworks) also happen here. The smaller Ile Notre-Dame is home to the Casino de Montréal and the racing track.

South shore

The South Shore (Rive-Sud) includes Montérégie, with the largest city in the South Shore area being Longueuil. Montérégie is known for its vineyards, orchards, scenic views, and fresh produce. There are three nature parks and a stunning wildlife reserve Boisé du Tremblay. Sporting life is active here, too: there are seven arenas, including Aréna Olympia and the Colisée Jean Béliveau. For those interested in the history of religions, there are Roman Catholic Co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue and the Montréal Québec Temple.

North shore

The North Shore (Rive Nord) encompasses the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions, as well as the city of Laval. This area is mainly known as the resort destination, with lake activities in summer and skiing in winter. Famous ski resorts include Saint-Sauveur and Mont Tremblant. Lanaudière’s is a harmony of urbanization and the natural environment. The southern area is known for its historic locations, the piedmont in the center has beautiful lakes and natural sights, and the Laurentian Plateau is a mainly forested area with fishing and hiking.