Montreal’s an eclectic city. Each borough boasts a distinct vibe. From the bohemian bustle of the Plateau to the working-class charm of St. Henri, there’s a lot to discover. Luckily, Old Montreal offers a great sample of everything we’ve come to love about the lively island. Located mere minutes from the track, it’s home to centuries-old architecture, a beautiful river port, pedestrian streets, chic boutiques (look your best this Grand Prix weekend!), world-renowned restaurants and a lavish nightlife. Now’s the perfect time to get out and explore!
Worth discovering this Montreal Grand Prix Weekend:
Stretching along the St. Laurence River, the Old Port of Montreal is regarded by many as the city’s life vein. In the 17th century, fur trading posts were erected and for many years it served as Montreal’s economic centre. Today, the site boasts numerous activities and gorgeous scenery year round. Summer brings an abundance of water activities including jet skiing and cruises.
Stroll down Montreal’s oldest street and you’ll find countless art galleries, cafés and restaurants housed in heritage buildings. St-Paul leads to Marché Bonsecour, a grand, 19th-century neoclassical building that’s played host to public markets, the municipal government and even a session of Canada’s Parliament. And be sure to visit Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Secours next door, Montreal’s oldest chapel.
Facing the Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites, the most beautiful of Montreal’s many churches boasts a majestic Gothic Revival exterior and a stunningly colourful interior: large stained-glass windows, elaborate artwork and an enormous Casavant Frères organ.