Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day


"Should we make the trip to Montreal or not?", I kept on asking the hubby. He would then return my question back to me. I rolled my eyes.

We've changed hotels the weekend before and I plan to relax for the next, hence the indecisiveness. However, we are about to return the car rental soon and so...

Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day

We obviously went! We are quite used to making last-minute travel plans now. I tell you, this happens quite often as of late.

The good news is, it has made us efficient in our eleventh-hour travel preparations. It's a handy skill with a 2-year-old in tow. Believe me, I use to be all over the place. Not that I'm super organized this time. It's... I've improved a bit. Yes, just a bit! Haha.

Anyway, below is the list on the Places to See in Montreal in a Day:

Places to See in Montreal

Montreal is a 2-hour drive from Ottawa. (Really, why won't we drive when it's that near?) During our trip, we focused on major areas where visitors mostly go. Here they are:

  • Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal
  • Old Montreal Downtown
  • Old Port Montreal
  • Mount Royal
  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Biosphere Environmental Museum
  • Jean-Talon Market
  • Montreal Botanical Garden
  • St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Montreal Insectarium

The first three on the list are all in the same area. That's where we spent our day. It's rather convenient because we are with our 2-year-old. There's no need to drive to another place and bother ourselves to look and pay for parking.

If you're visiting for a day, I'd suggest those first 3 places. Then add more according to preference.

Speaking of Parking

This one is a challenge. After searching for a spot (this took us a while by the way),  we manage to find an open space parking 2 blocks away from the Notre Dame Basilica. Thankfully, it didn't rain that day. We paid $18++ CAD.

Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day
Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day
Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day
Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day

Photos above show the interior of Notre Dame Basilica and its surrounding edifices.


A Tip on Where to Eat

After relishing the magnificence of the Basilica's interior (more here), we headed to the Old Downtown for lunch. Remember, this is a tourist area, you'd normally end up paying more for everything. Make sure to read reviews online before deciding on which restaurant to dine in. ;) 

Oh, and don't forget to check out the picturesque alleys on the way.


As you can see, our little guy isn't thrilled posing for the camera. He just wants to run around and do his thing. By the way, here's a glimpse of Old Montreal Downtown through our eyes.

Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day
Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Montreal are summer & fall. There are lots of fun things to do like zipline, kayak, boat rides, food trucks, and the boutiques are open at the Old Port. 

We wrap up our day trip to Montreal with a Ferris Wheel ride at the Old Port. Love the stunning 360-degree view of the city. I'd totally recommend doing this. It's fun for kids too.

Travel Guide: Things To Do/Places to See in Montreal in A Day

Another Interesting Place to Check Out

And so our trip ends. Montreal is beautiful. It's a modern city with an old-world flair. I'd also recommend checking out the Victorian row houses downtown because they are all so charming. 

Since we did our sightseeing inside the car, I wasn't able to take a photo. Here's how it looks like for reference. Have you seen it? It's those stairs that got my attention. They look inviting! (Just don't break in your way inside!)

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Are you planning to visit Montreal soon? I hope this travel guide to Montreal is of help. If you have, what's the must-visit place/s would you suggest for a day's trip?

Let us know what you'd recommend in the comment section below. I love reading them. Talk to you soon then. ;)