With a unique mix of French Canadian and North American culture, this city is well worth visiting for a city break or longer trip...
Montreal has a European/North American feel and good shopping, including the Plateau for trendy shops and bars and an underground city of shops and services designed to cope with the harsh winters. If you are a sports fan then the Bell Centre, the home of Montreal's ice hockey team and Parc Jean-Drapeau, the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, should not to be missed.
Old Montreal has many historic buildings as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Science Centre and Museum of Natural History. The Biodome is worth visiting. Also not to be missed are the Old Port, Porte a Calliere and St Lawrence river for boat trips. The city is renowned for its churches, such as the St Joseph's Oratory and the Notre Dame Basilica.
Flights from the UK arrive at Montreal Airport (YMQ), where you can easily arrange to have a Montreal hire car waiting for you. You can also arrange for pick-ups at locations across the city. The best rates can be found by pre-booking here in the UK and using our car hire search engine on the left.
Montreal's climate means it has warm or occasionally hot and humid summers, a mild spring and autumn and cold winters.
The area around Montreal makes excellent country for exploring by car rental...
Montreal is an excellent location for exploring this eastern part of Canada. It is worth driving to Quebec City or the two hours to Ottawa. The Eastern Townships region is easily accessible by car and home to the winery region of Dunham. You could even drive into the United States as Boston is only about a five-hour drive away.
One of the best places to visit is the Thousand Islands area around Kingston, south west of the city. This hugely scenic area is made up of many islands in the St Lawrence River which flows from Lake Ontario. Enjoy peaceful towns and villages and many places to walk and hike, as well to take boat trips on the water.
The Mount Tremblant ski areas are also within striking distance of the city, great for winter sports and also for mountain walks in the summer months.
You can also visit places such as Fort Lennox and Richelieu Valley with their beautiful landscapes and French heritage, Ulverton and the Sherbooke area for British Colonial history, and the Trois Rivieres area for religious shrines and one of the oldest cities in Canada.