Montreal is an absolutely beautiful city in North America that’s rich in history. Over 375 years old now, the city is a vibrant and exciting place to visit and live in. These must-see Montreal attractions should be on everyone’s list, whether they are residents or tourists and most of these can be enjoyed safely even during COVID-19.
One of the most interesting sites is Habitat 67. These creative cubes were built for Expo 67, when Montréal was hosting this worldly event. Habitat 67 is a somewhat controversial, yet modern condominium complex made with each unit being much like a Lego block that sits interestingly a top of others but without any rhyme or reason, seemingly. Fun fact: the architect named Moshe Safdie was only 24 years old when he designed it.
La Joute Fountain
La Joute Fountain at Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, named after the famous Montreal artist. The sculpture is in itself 29 bronze sculptures in one and lights up with fire from May until mid October, making the list for one of the must-see Montreal attractions for obvious reasons. In fact, this dramatic ring of fire that is emitted from the fountain is possible using fire, water and mist…[read more]
Champs-de-Mars Metro Station
Champs-de-Mars Metro Station is a site not to be missed. Surrounding the entrance of the Metro station is a 200 foot by 30 foot stained glass wall. Created by artist Marcelle Ferron, the glass artwork is quite a sight when the sun is shining, casting an absolutely beautiful and colourful pattern on the platform.
Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle
The Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle sits on top of a building in downtown Montreal. It’s actually a water tower designed to look like those old style milk bottles the milkman used to deliver in another lifetime. It is 33 feet high, weighs about six tons and can hold 66,000 gallons. It was restored in 2009 and placed back on its original rooftop located at 1025 Lucien L’Allier Street, just south of Réné Levèsque Boulevard.
Windsor Station makes the list for many reasons. Firstly, it demonstrates the role Montreal played in the history of the Canadian railway. This iconic building, with its alluring medieval castle accents that links the east to the west boasts prominent gables and stately arched openings with vaulted ceilings. The “Salle des pas perdus” is the large lobby in Windsor Station that houses stunning architectural features. It also houses the “Angel of Victory” war memorial — a tribute to the CP Railways employees who died in WWI.
The original fortifications of Montreal were built in 1717 by Gaspard Chaussegros de Léry. These walls formed the boundaries of Montreal at the time, which helped to secure the settlement from a British invasion.
Some of the remains of the stone fortifications were unearthed at Parc du Champ-de-Mars, at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, and at Les Remparts Restaurant on rue de la Commune.
Berlin Wall in Montreal
A piece of history has travelled across the Atlantic to find a home in Montreal. Most Montrealers don’t know this but a piece of the Berlin Wall sits in the Fortifications Lane, or Ruelle des Fortifications in the World Trade Centre of Montreal. It was a gift from Germany to the city of Montreal, for its 350th anniversary, which was in 1992.
Place d’Armes and Notre-Dame Basilica
Place d’Armes is the second oldest Montreal public site that was originally named Place de la Fabrique in 1693. It got its new name in 1721 at the request of the Sulpicians. Place d’Armes has been many things over the years — a stage of military events, a graveyard, a hay and wood market, and a Victorian garden. Today, it houses a statue of the founder, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve. The public square is also located between architectural treasures of Montreal, including Notre-Dame Basilica.
Montreal’s Gay Village is a great place to visit, especially in the summertime when it comes to life with its upbeat vibe and its canopy of multi-colored balls. It was the first North American gay establishment, so there’s a lot of history right here.
Built for the 1976 summer Olympic Games in Montreal, the Olympic Stadium is visible from virtually everywhere in the city, even as far as the Laurentian Mountains. Millions of visitors swarm the Big-O, in part for the Montreal Tower Observatory that opened in 1987 where you can ride the Funicular to the top of the tower.