Montreal’s north and east neighborhoods prove there’s more to the city than cobblestone streets and jovial jazz festivals, as wonderful as those are.
Serene, picturesque natural landscapes, lively, though lesser-known restaurants, and a unique community vibe make the north and east neighborhoods of Montreal a must if you’re looking to travel off the beaten urban track and into Montrealers’ vibrant, everyday reality.
Wander Off Montreal’s Beaten Path
When you’re ready for some “deeper cuts,” the north and east neighborhoods provide plenty of off-the-beaten-path options.
History buffs take note: The Church of La Visitation-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie is the oldest church in Montreal, dating back to 1749!
Stroll through Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation, where 34-hectares of pristine nature provides the opportunity to spot birds and aquatic wildlife.
Essentially, the theme of these neighborhoods is “undiscovered.” You might not see any other tourists — but perhaps that’s the whole point.
A Different Side of Montreal
The north and east corners of Montreal offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. But, the neighborhoods are also sprinkled with their share of art and history.
Explore Parc-Nature de la Pointe-Aux-Prairies
Covering 261 hectares, this park features wooded areas and large fields surrounded by marshes. Facilities include a nature center and a marsh interpretation centre. Visitors can also enjoy different outdoor activities.