© Montréal skyline from the Clock Tower in the Old Port of Montréal. © Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin.

Why Montréal

With a little European charm and a lot of urban vibe, Montréal is always an exciting place to be. The city is compact, safe and pedestrian-friendly, which means you can easily walk from the Montréal Cruise Terminal to your hotel, and then onward to restaurants, cafés, theatres and entertainment venues. Montréalers are known for being outgoing and welcoming—and they’re always happy to introduce visitors to the city and share its best-kept secrets.

French and English, European and North American, Montréal is all about balancing its rich past and vibrant future. Duality is part of its singular nature. As the world’s second-largest French-speaking city (after Paris, of course!), Montréal is a great place to practice French, though most locals speak at least two languages.

Montréal is the starting point for many cruises destined for other ports in Canada and New England.


Top 10 reasons why you’ll love Montréal

European charm meets North American vibe

Think Europe without the euro! Montréal offers Old World flair mixed with New World energy, 17th-century colonial architecture sharing the same skyline with sleek high-rises, plus an eclectic blend of cultural influences from all over the world.

It’s a beautiful day in our neighborhoods

From historic Old Montréal to the trendy Plateau to family-friendly HoMa, charming Little Italy and a safe, always happening downtown core, there’s lots to explore and lots of ways to get up close and personal with the locals, all within safe walking distance.

We know how to entertain

Any time is showtime in Montréal. On any given night, you can have your pick of modern or classical dance, opera, symphony, theater, circus, rock concert, cabaret, jazz…

Diet is a four-letter word

When it comes to food, Montréal is the city of indulgence. With more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in North America—everything from gourmet fast food to culinary feasts—resisting temptation is simply futile… and foolish!

Life is just one, big festival

Jazz, comedy, fireworks, film, tango, fringe theater, fine cuisine… Montréal has a festival for almost anything you can think of. There’s always something going on and the party is open to all.

We never close

Happy hour at 5? Concert at 8? Dinner at 11? Follow it up with casino night or maybe a live music venue, cool lounge, hot club, trendy after-hours party—or all of the above. And don’t forget the 5 a.m. breakfast to keep you going!

Creative shopping

From famous upscale brands to trendy local designers, Montréal is a treasure trove of fashion, antiques, home decor, jewelry, trinkets and original gifts. From downtown chic to neighborhood niche, you’ll find it all.

Lingering is encouraged

Grab a seat on an outdoor terrace or at a trendy wine bar. Order a café au lait or Sauvignon Blanc. Watch the beautiful people go by. Chat up your neighbor. Order dessert. Chat up your other neighbor. Repeat as desired.

We were green before green was cool

With 620 miles of bike paths, a great water playground called the St. Lawrence River, 1,000 parks,12 golf courses within 20 minutes of downtown and a mountain right in the middle of the city, Montréal is the ideal city to enjoy the great outdoors.

That certain “je ne sais quoi”

Is it the mix of French roots, British heritage and North American upbringing? Is it the everpresent joie de vivre around every street corner? Is it the subtle sophistication which made us North America’s first UNESCO City of Design? Is it the food, the culture, the architecture… or all of the above? You be the judge!

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