Take in Free Festivals, Park Activities, Museum Visits in Montreal

Along with a diverse selection of urban and nature parks that offer a multitude of free activities year round, all Montreal museums have a free day, usually once per week. Often seniors and children are admitted free and one day a year, usually around May 24th, all Montreal museums are free for the entire day for visitors of all ages.

Take in free festivals at a convenient site on Ste. Catherine Street East, enjoy free outdoor movies and visit the large indoor/outdoor farmer's markets notably Jean Talon in the north end of the city and the Atwater Market in Montreal's west end. Both are conveniently located near metro stops.

Montreal's Notre Dame Bascilica is located in Old Montreal, site of free walking tours and firework displays while the nearby Old port area provides great walking and cycling routes along the river. Montreal is a fantastic walking city that provides plenty of people watching particularly on St. Denis and St. Laurent streets famous for Montreal boutique shopping.

The Montreal casino offer free shows, free admission and free parking in a scenic setting complete with bars and restaurants. For rainy days visit the Grand Library and the Redpath Museum on the site of McGill University. Two contemporary art museums, the DHC in Old Montreal and  L’Arsenal in Griffentown also offer free admission. 



Named for the sugar baron who generously supported the museum, The Redpath has been around since 1882.This museum on the campus of McGill University features a wide range of fossils (including dinosaurs), skeletons of rare and extinct animals,...  Read More



The Musee des Beaux Arts, founded in 1860, is Canada's oldest museum and boasts some of the finest paintings in the country. Among its permanent holdings are artworks from Canadian artists and those created by European masters. The museum also...  Read More



Visible by night thanks to its well-lit cross, Mont Royal designed by Ormstead of Central Park fame is filled with hiking trails, and opportunities for various outdoor activities. It is also a natural haven for local flora and fauna and rare...  Read More

Casino de Montréal


One of three casinos in the province of Quebec, Casino de Montral offers world-class gaming, dining and entertainment. There are more than 3200 slot machines, 115 gaming tables and a keno lounge if you're in the mood for a little gambling. When...  Read More

Grande bibliothèque


The Grande Bibliotheque is a contemporary-styled five-storey building with over 4,000,000 works, including 1,140,000 books. There are 1300 reading armchairs, 850 study seats and carrels, and 350 computer stations and plenty of space to relax....  Read More



This nature preserve in the northwestern section of the Island of Montreal offers visitors a peaceful look at local plants and wildlife. The parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse, with its majestic hardwood forest, is a unique conservation park in an...  Read More



Built in 1829, the neo-Gothic Basilique Notre-Dame, in the center of Old Montreal, was the site of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's funeral and Celine Dion's wedding. Basilique Notre-Dame is built in the scale and manner of Europe's great...  Read More



The Quays of the Old Port are steeped in history. The first colonists arrived here on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, and it was thanks to the port that old Ville-Marie grew into the thriving international metropolis of modern-day...  Read More



Angrignon Park sits on a 97-hectare of land in the west end of Montreal. Angrignon is the last stop westward on the Metro's green line. To get to Angrignon Park get out of the Metro and start walking. Angrignon Park is a tranquil stretch of...  Read More

Marché Jean-Talon
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Tourisme Montreal. Photo by Ron Stern


The highlight of Little Italy (Petite Italie) in the north end of Montreal is undoubtedly the Jean Talon Market. Since 1934 the Jean Talon market has been supplying Montreal with fresh Quebec products and specialty items from around the...  Read More


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Sherel Purcell is a travel writer who specializes in golf, Montreal and Quebec, contemporary art, cycling and food and wine. Her articles appear on USA Today's 10Best, About.com, Aol, Matador,...  More About Sherel