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  • 1. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal

    Old Montréal | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Few churches in North America are as wow-inducing as Notre-Dame. Everything about the Gothic Revival–style church, which opened in 1829, seems...Read More

  • 2. Cimetière Mont-Royal

    Côte-des-Neiges | Cemetery

    If you find yourself humming "Getting to Know You" as you explore Mont-Royal Cemetery's 165 acres, blame it on the graveyard's most famous permanent...Read More

  • 3. Croix sur la Montagne

    Parc du Mont-Royal | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visible from up to 50 miles away on a clear day, the 98-foot-high steel cross at the top of Mont-Royal has been a city landmark since it was...Read More

  • 4. Jardin Botanique

    Hochelaga-Maisonneuve | Garden

    Creating one of the world's great botanical gardens in a city with a winter as harsh as Montréal's was no mean feat, and the result is that...Read More

  • 5. Marché Jean-Talon

    Little Italy | Market/Bazaar

    If you're trying to stick to a diet, stay away: the smells of grilling sausages, roasting chestnuts, and fresh pastries will almost certainly...Read More

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  • 6. Musée d'Archéologie et d'Histoire Pointe-à-Callière (PAC)

    Old Montréal | Museum/Gallery

    The modern glass building is impressive, and the audiovisual show is a breezy romp through Montréal's history from the Ice Age to the present...Read More

  • 7. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Not surprisingly, Canada's oldest museum has one of the finest collections of Canadian art anywhere. The works of such luminaries as Paul Kane...Read More

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  • 8. Oratoire St-Joseph

    Côte-des-Neiges | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Each year some 2 million people from all over North America and beyond visit St. Joseph's Oratory. The most devout Catholics climb the 99 steps...Read More

  • 9. Parc Jean-Drapeau

    The Islands | Beach

    Île Ste-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame now constitute a single park named, fittingly enough, for Jean Drapeau (1916–99), the visionary (and spendthrift...Read More

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  • 10. Avenue Bernard

    Outremont | Neighborhood/Street

    If your taste runs to the chic and fashionable, then there is simply no better street than rue Bernard, west of Avenue Querbes, for people-watching...Read More

  • 11. Biodôme

    Hochelaga-Maisonneuve | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Not everyone thought it was a great idea to transform an Olympic velodrome into a natural-history exhibit, but the result is one of the city...Read More

  • 12. Biosphère

    The Islands | Educational Institution

    Nothing captures the exuberance of Expo '67 better than the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) as the American Pavilion...Read More

  • 13. Boulevard St-Laurent

    The Plateau | Neighborhood/Street

    A walk here is like a walk through Montréal's cultural history. The shops and restaurants, synagogues and churches that line the 10-block stretch...Read More

  • 14. Casino de Montréal

    The Islands | Casino

    You have to be at least 18 to visit Montréal's government-owned casino, but you don't have to be a gambler. The 24-hour-a-day, fully renovated...Read More

  • 15. Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The best reason to visit this cathedral is that it's a quarter-scale replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome—complete with a magnificent reproduction...Read More

  • 16. Centre Bell

    Downtown | Sports Venue

    The Montréal Canadiens haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1993, and most of the team's fans can't remember the golden 1960s and '70s, when Les...Read More

  • 17. Centre des Sciences de Montréal

    Old Montréal | Museum/Gallery

    You—or more likely, your kids—can design an energy-efficient bike, create a television news report, explore the impact that manufacturing one...Read More

  • 18. Chalet du Mont-Royal

    Parc du Mont-Royal | Viewpoint

    No trip to Montréal is complete without a visit to the terrace in front of the Chalet du Mont-Royal. It's not the only place to get an overview...Read More

  • 19. Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

    Old Montréal | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Mariners have been popping into Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours for centuries to kneel before a little 17th-century statue of the Virgin Mary and...Read More

  • 20. Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Artist and architect Napoléon Bourassa called his work here l'oeuvre de mes amours, or a labor of love—and it shows. He designed the little...Read More

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