Province/Territory: Quebec

Explore Canada's creative design capital

  • 03rd city to be named a UNESCO City of Design
  • 25,000+ designers have helped create the city
  • 40 years since Expo 67 put Canada on the map for innovation

Enter a dazzling world of exuberant art and unbridled creativity in Canada’s chic and stylish centre of design and fashion. Visit a museum featuring Picasso, Rembrandt and the Group of Seven that perfectly marries neighbouring buildings—including a classic Greek façade and an imposing stone cathedral. Sit in a space-age chair and imagine the future. Learn how clever engineers use recycled building materials and pull “air conditioning” from 325 feet underground. Encounter giant hot-pink trees in a Lipstick Forest. Feel like you’re inside of a rainbow when sun blasts through a monstrous wall of colored glass. Check into a design-savvy hotel. And everywhere you go, practice your French.

Why you should visit
  • In 2006, Montréal was recognized as a UNESCO City of Design, one of only seven appointed cities in the world.
  • Montréal is the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris.
  • The city’s diverse cosmopolitan influence can be seen in the range of cultural events and festivals that take place all across the city.
  • Certain Montréal neighborhoods have gained a name as established artistic and creative hubs, each one distinguished by its unique character.
  • Discover new treasures in an elegant fashion mall built by I.M. Pei.
  • Stroll through Dalhousie Square with one of its landscape architects.
  • Explore one of the world’s ”greenest” buildings, then stay for the circus.
  • Discover architectural harmony (and outstanding art) at The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Visit a convention center, whose space has been livened up with a Lipstick Forest.
  • Check in at one of the city's design-savvy hotels.
  • Spend an afternoon exploring Old Montréal’s distinctive shops.

Weather

  • Montréal has a humid climate with 4 distinct seasons. The city has warm, to occasional hot & humid summers, generally mild spring and autumn, and often very cold & snowy winters. Montréal gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with around 2 meters of snow per season.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Most of Montréal's architectural and design attractions are open year-round.
  • Montréal UNESCO City of Design hosts a two-day open house for award-winning design professionals' office or atelier or an award-winning Montréal project.
Need to know
  • You’re in Montréal—remember to say bonjour (hello) and merci (thank you).
  • Give yourself lots of time to simply wander around Montréal.
  • Book ahead for a tour of la TOHU—it’s a popular activity.
  • Walking is the best way to get around the densely packed downtown and the narrow streets of Old Montréal, especially during the warmer months.
  • The Bixi system is a public bike share system that was designed and developed in Montréal and has since been exported to many cities around the world.
  • The public transit system is safe, efficient, and is overall pleasant to use.
Getting Here
  • Located only 20 minutes from downtown, the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is one of the most important airports in Canada with direct flights from some 40 carriers to over 130 international destinations in Canada, the United States and abroad.
  • Easily accessible by train, VIA Rail serves downtown Montréal and more than 450 Canadian cities or from the United States, hop aboard an Amtrak train, with daily departures from several American cities.
  • If you are travelling by car from elsewhere in Canada or the United States, Montréal can be easily accessed by highway. The island of Montréal is only 75 kilometres from the US border.