Driving and parking in Montréal
In this section, we include tons of useful information on parking signs, including where, when and what’s not allowed. Don’t forget that, come winter, snowfall in the city can be a game-changer: traffic and parking have to adapt to Mother Nature, so always consult the signs first. We’ve also included traffic rules and regulations specific to Québec and encourage you to get acquainted with them—it will make your life easier!
An international destination of choice, Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which welcomes more than 16 million passengers per year.
Montréal’s compact downtown core manages to deftly mix business district with high-fashion shopping, gourmet food with the latest entertainment.
There is no place more conducive to a dreamy return to yesteryear than the romantic district of Old Montréal. Its cobblestone streets have witnessed the passage of time for more than three and a half centuries. Today, art galleries, artisans’ boutiques, terraces and cafés conduct business within the walls of these gracious 18th and 19th century buildings. In the Old Port, cyclists, joggers, and in-line skate enthusiasts of all ages enjoy the generous recreational paths year-round.
Mount Royal offers a relaxing escape for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, families and anyone who just wants to take a breather. It scenic lookout in front of the chalet offers a striking view of the downtown area and the St. Lawrence River and on its slope sit St. Joseph’s Oratory, a draw for pilgrims from afar. Colourful houses, outdoor staircases, little shaded alleyways: welcome to the Plateau, a favourite place for the trendy crowd to meet up for lunch, to stroll or to seek out treasures in the many eclectic boutiques.
Spanning two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is where fun happens – and not only because it’s home to the Montréal Casino and La Ronde amusement park. The park hosts a variety of festivals and events all year long.
The Olympic District is a lush and leafy area, and home to the popular Olympic Park, Saputo Stadium and to the Space for Life nature museums (Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium).