Best Attractions to See in Montreal for First Time Visitors

Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada located in Quebec. It is an urban location first founded in the 17th Century and is a very diverse region, with many residents being able to speak a mix of languages, including French, English, both, or another foreign language. The area is a picturesque one and has a selection of unique and historical venues often used as tourist attractions for those visiting the province.
For holidaymakers looking to stay in Canada for the first time, choosing where to go can be quite a difficult choice. For the tourists wanting to experience both a busy city day as well as a quiet stroll in the country – Montreal would make an excellent holiday spot. It offers some of the most scenic and historical attractions in Canada.

Fun Places to Visit in Montreal

From visiting homely restaurants to going on hikes along the banks of the many calm rivers running through the forest parks, to visiting nightclubs and casinos – there’s always something for everyone in Montreal to guarantee a fun time.
The nightlife scene in Montreal is quite varied too, and offers a variety of clubs and entertainment venues such as casinos and gaming venues for tourists to enjoy whilst visiting. However, if flash casinos aren’t your thing, you can always cosy up in one of the many boutique hotels and play casino games like slots online, live table games, or even bingo. And if gaming doesn’t interest you, there’s the Ausgang Plaza, where you can enjoy live music, film screenings, and art installations.

For those who enjoy their food, Montreal features some of the tastiest Canadian-inspired cuisines around. Some of the best restaurants and eateries in the area include the likes of Schwartz’s Deli, BOUILLON BILK, and Toque! which serve up some of the most delicious food in the Montreal area, leaving you craving for more.

Best Attractions in Montreal

For those with a passion for travel and who want to make the most of a holiday in Montreal, there are plenty of places to visit around the city. Montreal includes a wealth of activities and places to visit for holidaymakers, some of which have been listed below.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a museum offering a wide selection of exhibits focusing around visual arts, history and science.

Mount Royal

Mount Royal is a large rock hill in Montreal that features some of the most scenic shots in Canada as its picturesque peaks overlook the city. There are current plans for a railway station to be built underneath it.

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

A stunning feature of Old Montreal, this Gothic church is a centrepiece of Montreal and would make the most beautiful place for photo opportunities – especially at night when its magnificent blue windows are lit up.


The Biodome is a large dome making up a garden centre that preserves four different ecosystems found in America, as well as being a habitat for several breeds of animals.

La Ronde

As the only Six Flags amusement park in Canada, La Ronde would make an amazing place to visit for those thrill-seekers out there who want to try out some of the fastest and iconic roller coasters which North America has to offer.

Overall, there are many fabulous places and attractions for couples and families to experience in Montreal. There’s always something for everyone to do, which makes Montreal a wonderful Canadian city ready to be discovered by holidaymaker

CD Review: Emerson Lake & Palmer “Live In Montreal, 1977”

Emerson Lake & Palmer
Live In Montreal, 1977”
Shout Factory
Tracks: 13

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The 70’s super group Emerson Lake & Palmer are back with a new edition to their already impressive live CD catalog. “Live in Montreal, 1977” captures the band during the last show of their “Works” tour which featured a 70 piece orchestra. The re-mastered 2 disc album is the first official recording from this widely popular performance which is being release via Shout Factory.

Over the last few years a number of these live releases have become available to the public. For me they almost always miss their mark and this one was no exception. Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Live in Montreal, 1977 is cluttered mix of crowd noise and over instrumentation. At several points throughout my listen I needed to stop and ask myself just what was I listening to? Knowing ELP’s history as an experimental 70’s jam band I had somewhat of an idea of what to expect but I definitely was not fully prepared. The 70 piece orchestra concept certainly adds to this performance but for me it was just too much. The overall sound of the album is quite tinny and lacking in bottom end however I did enjoy the performance of “Lucky Man” which features a cool shimmery chorus type guitar sound that compliments Greg Lake’s vocals.

If you are a big Emerson Lake & Palmer fan or attended this specific show you most likely will want to pick up a copy of this album as it serves a great example for 70’s experimental music. However if you’re looking for an album to throw on and kick back to then this probably isn’t the record for you.

Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1.) Abaddon’s Bolero
2.) Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression Part 2
3.) The Enemy God Dances with The Black Spirits
4.) C’est La Vie
5.) Lucky Man
6.) Picture at an Exhibition
7.) Piano Concerto No. 1, 3rd Movement
8.) Closer to Believing

Disc 2:
1.) Knife Edge
2.) Tank
3.) Nutrocker
4.) Pirates
5.) Fanfare For the Common Man (Including Rondo)


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