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10 Things To Do In Old Montreal When You Need A Little R&R

Kick Back And Relax At One Of Old Montreal’s Best Locales 

There are so many things to do in Old Montreal to fully enjoy one of North America’s most incredible concentrations of 17th, 18th, and 19th century buildings.

This Parisian-style area is located between the harbour and the banking district, and it’s one of the most popular stops for tourists. With the curving cobblestone streets and a rich historical backdrop, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

Wander through the narrow streets and alleyways, and see where you end up; there are so many interesting little cafes and shops. Follow this list for some of the best experiences Old Montreal has to offer!

10 Fantastic Places Anyone Passing Through Old Montreal Must Visit

1) Bonsecours Market

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A quintessential part of Old Montreal, Marché Bonsecours was built in 1844. Currently, it’s used as a facility to educate people about indigenous art. It also serves as a gallery, so you can purchase works there as well.

Every fall, they have the international World Press Photo exhibit, where you can check out award-winning visual journalists’ work from the previous year.

2) Bota Bota

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This upscale spa is called a ‘floating spa’ because it used to be a river ferry. How cool is that? You can do yoga here, eat healthy food, and get whatever kind of treatment you like at their deluxe spa. Plus, the view is second-to-none.

3) Centre d’Histoire de Montréal

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The museum here is very well maintained, and the staff are polite and knowledgeable. On top of that, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to learn more about the city and its foundation. You’ll get archeological insight into Montreal’s past, as well as portrayals of the city’s history. Don’t forget to visit the French colonial garden – it’s gorgeous!

4) Clock Tower

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The clock tower is a great stop to make in Old Montreal. It’s interesting, full of history, and lights up really well at night. You can go for a stroll, a jog, or even just walk your dog around and enjoy the sights. The clock apparently goes off at 11:30 PM, if you’re wondering.

You can also visit the Clock Tower Beach if you’re in Old Montreal during the right time of year.

5) Marche Bonsecours

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Things to do in Montreal must include a stop at Marche Bonsecours. On top of the amazing people watching you can do in this area, it’s also great for shopping, fair prices, and friendly people.

6) Notre-Dame Basilica

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One of the most awe-inspiring locations in Old Montreal… and in Montreal in general, is the interior of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Montreal’s oldest Catholic parish church was founded in 1656.

The interior of this building with its intricate detail and old feel makes it a clear must on your list of things to do in Montreal.

7) Phi Centre

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This multipurpose venue holds events of all types for arts and culture. You can attend concerts, film screenings, plays and even original exhibits all at this spot that needs to be on your things to do in Montreal.

8) Place Carmin

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With great reviews, service, food, and wine, this modern French restaurant is popular for a reason. Just look at that dish! There’s outdoor and indoor dining, and the staff are also very modern and considerate. They take the utmost care to address food allergies and make recommendations, however they recommend you’re very clear about any sensitivities you have.

Bonus: prices are actually quite fair in comparison to other French restaurants.

9) Place d’Armes

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The second oldest public site in the city, Place d’Armes is a historical public area in the heart of Old Montreal. This is where you’ll find the Notre-Dame Basilica, which is Montreal’s oldest Catholic church.

This busy square is right at city centre, and is also the oldest stone dwelling in a city where most buildings were made cheaply of wood.

10) Pointe-à-Callière

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This archeological site features Public Markets that will take you back to 18th century France. Many locals who visit this say that the event and the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History ignites their love for Montreal in all new ways. However, visitors love it just as much.

The effort that they put into the costumes and the events is second-to-none! This is a must-see in your list of things to do in Montreal.

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