Destination guide

Making the most of Montreal with a vacation rental

Nestled on an island in the St. Lawrence River and surrounded by steep, lush hills, Montreal boasts an almost European aesthetic. At its core, the city buzzes with tourists as they explore historic churches, world-renowned art museums, and massive squares lined with outdoor cafes and fine French restaurants. Cobblestone streets and quaint alleyways give way to the Old Port of Montreal, where little ones can enjoy a day at the beach and a ride on a massive Ferris wheel. Hotels, inns, apartments, and vacation rentals dot the landscape, offering services to vacationing families, couples, and solo travellers

History

Featuring a collection of 17th-century buildings, Old Montreal not only serves as the city's centre, but also its oldest and most historic district. Start with a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, a Gothic Revival church built in 1829. Marvel at its grand interior, complete with stained glass windows and rich blue and gold vaults. The area is also home to such ornate structures as the 1687 Saint-Sulpice Seminary, the 1872 Montreal City Hall, and the Bonsecours Market, a domed, 2-storey shopping hub filled with restaurants and shops. In the nearby Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, the Chateau Dufresne is a 1918, Beaux-Arts mansion that now houses a local history museum.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Montreal

Are you looking for top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Montreal a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • La Ronde Six Flags (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Marche Des Eclusiers (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Arena McConnell (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Aquatic Complex (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Pi-o Centre d'Amusement (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Meadowbrook Golf Club (6 mi / 9.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Montreal

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Montreal is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mount Royal Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Montreal Botanical Garden (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Sun-Yat-Sen Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Champ de Mars (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Jeanne-Mance Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Parc de Portugal (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Montreal

Fly into Montreal, QC (YHU-St. Hubert), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Montreal, QC (YUL-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl.), which is 9.3 mi (15 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Montreal Central Station, Montreal Lucien-L'Allier Station and Montreal Vendome Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Montreal by catching a ride on the metro at Square Victoria Station, McGill Station or Bonaventure Station.

How to get around

Getting around the city from your Montreal vacation rental

Montreal's traffic-filled city centre and narrow streets making walking the preferred mode of travel throughout town. If you want to visit hard-to-reach areas, you can rent a car, just study up on the region's traffic rules before getting behind the wheel. Parking signs are often in French, so you'll want to brush up on days of the week in order to avoid a ticket. Taxis are common, though many drivers may only speak French. Biking is great way to explore the city, as Montreal offers plenty of bike lanes and trails, as well as a popular bike-sharing system. Montreal also boasts subways and bus lines, which offer cheap and efficient service.

Food & drink 

French food and drinks shine in Montreal

Vive la France! Eat your way across Montreal as you indulge in a variety of French (and French-inspired) foods. No trip to Quebec is complete with sampling poutine, French fries topped with a hearty helping of gravy and cheese curds. Tourtieres, or meat pies traditionally stuffed with ground pork, are another regional treat. Eat like the locals and make sure you top them with ketchup, molasses, mango chutney, or cranberry preserves. For a truly unique dining experience, join in Quebec's springtime tradition, as residents feast on a meal of eggs, baked beans, ham, and bacon, all covered in maple syrup.

Essential info

Key facts for your Montreal vacation rental

Montreal, home to more than 1.7 million residents, is the largest city in the province of Quebec. French is the city's official language, but many residents also speak English. Keep in mind, the Canadian dollar is the nation's accepted currency and tipping in restaurants typically ranges between 15-20% of the total pre-tax bill, depending on the service. The legal drinking age in Quebec, including Montreal, is 18. Crime rates are pretty low across the city, although you should take extra precautions against pickpockets, particularly at outdoor restaurants and cafes. If you need an ambulance, the police, or the fire department, dial 911.

Where to stay near Montreal?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,970 house rentals near Montreal. From 1,489 Condos/Apartments to 353 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Montreal for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Montreal?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Montreal. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Downtown: 1,263 vacation rentals
  • Old Montreal: 513 vacation rentals
  • Plateau Mont-Royal: 1,002 vacation rentals
  • Shaughnessy Village: 274 vacation rentals
  • Pointe-Claire: 322 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Montreal! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Montreal?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Montreal:

  • Pointe-Claire: 322 rentals
  • Dorval: 1,787 rentals
  • Dollard-Des Ormeaux: 651 rentals
  • Montreal East: 1,631 rentals
  • Beaconsfield: 102 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Montreal?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Montreal are:

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL): 1,932 home rentals
  • Montreal International Mirabel Airport (YMX): 197 home rentals
  • St Hubert Airport (YHU): 1,909 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Montreal?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Montreal. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Habitat 67: 1,921 vacation homes
  • Old Port of Montreal: 1,916 vacation homes
  • McGill University: 1,930 vacation homes
  • Bell Centre: 1,928 vacation homes
  • Jarry Park: 1,944 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Montreal listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Montreal

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Westmount
1,876 vacation rentals
Baie-D'Urfe
42 vacation rentals
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107 vacation rentals
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1,843 vacation rentals
Senneville
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234 vacation rentals
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