Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal is the nation's largest church, its regal dome second in height only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. A small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph was built at the site in 1904 by Brother André, renowned for his miraculous ability to heal the injured and ailing. He was later beatified in 1982 and canonized in 2010. Completed in 1960, the renaissance church that replaced the original shrine encompasses a basilica, a votive chapel lined with discarded crutches, and the heart of Brother André amongst several other treasures. Outside, the Stations of the Cross grace the sculpture garden where scenes from the film Jésus of Montréal were shot. The oratory itself is a striking beauty that dominates the skyline for miles around, its elegant dome rising high above the bucolic scene. One of the world's most revered Catholic shrines and an important place of pilgrimage, Saint Joseph's Oratory inspires wonder in the hearts of the devout and the simply curious.
Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal has put together one of the best collections of fine art in North America. The museum moved to its present location just before the World War. The Jean-Noel Desmarais building holds most of the temporary exhibits while the permanent collection lies in the Benaiah Gibb building across the street. The museum also stages special programs such as lectures, noontime and evening concerts, and films.
Every season at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal (Montréal Botanical Gardens), you'll be captivated by the colors and fragrances of flowers and plants as you move from garden to garden, many inspired by different parts of the world. Explore the Sonoran desert, wander into the Chinese or French Garden, and finally relax in the tranquility of the Japanese Garden. The Montreal Botanical Garden contains about 12,000 plant species and cultivators, ten exhibition greenhouses, about 30 thematic gardens and a large arboretum.
Located in the southern downtown area of Montreal, this new home for the Canadiens hockey club is a state-of-the-art facility that seats more than 21,000 spectators. Originally known as the Molson Centre, it is used not only for sports events but also for rock and pop concerts, various exhibitions and events. Visitors can tour its multi-functional amphitheater and Hall of Fame, enjoy a drink in the Jacques Beauchamp Lounge and even get a chance to see the Canadians' dressing room. The Canadians' Souvenir Boutique located here sells everything in sportswear, posters, autographed sticks and other hockey-related accessories.
With a lot of history behind it, Le National is a theater located in the city, giving audiences an excellent venue to catch a play or a performance. The theater looks amazing with excellent lighting and good seating; what more could audiences ask for? It can also be rented out for corporate events and functions.
Home to one of the more upscale neighborhoods of the city, Avenue du Parc offers a fair share of attractions, be it stylish boutiques, restaurants, cafes or bars. Amid all this chaos, there lies the imposingly grand building of the Théâtre Rialto. A silent observer to the neighborhood's history, this neo-baroque landmark was built between 1923-1924, and served as a popular cinema house for several decades, shutting down in 1990. For several years hence, the theater remained unused, undergoing some modifications and renovations. Since 2010, however, the theater has been re-opened and is today a prominent venue for various cultural and entertainment venues. Be it concerts, live theater, or film screenings, Théâtre Rialto is an ideal venue. Call or see the website to know more.
Located in the cultural and tourism heart of Old Montreal, this neoclassic building dates from the mid-18th Century. It has been home to a city hall, a reception center, and public markets. In fact, following an 1849 fire in the Parliament Building, it became the seat of the United Canada Government. Today, following two restorations, the silver-domed building is used as an exhibition hall. It teems with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops and fine arts galleries. You will find everything from maps to fashion accessories and First People's art.
Maple Delights is a charming spot and a must visit if in Old Montreal. This sweet bistro and museum is a wonderful way to discover this national pride. At the bistro you can relish delish baked goodies, gelatos, candies, waffles, milkshakes, coffees and sorbets, all with the goodness of maple syrup and sugar in them. Check out their small museum that gives an insight of how the sap is collected. You can also taste the products made from maple that highlight its unique quality.
The Belvedere is a beautiful multifaceted venue on the King Edward Quay in the Montreal Science Centre. It consists of a hall, huge covered balcony and a lovely rooftop terrace. This former hangar can be used for events like corporate functions, weddings, cocktail parties, product launches and galas. The stunning backdrop of sweeping vistas of the Old Port, Old Montreal, the river and Parc Jean-Drapeau add to the beauty of this place.
Many still remember the first time they saw an IMAX presentation, during Expo's in the city. The thrill is still there today, when spectacular films projected on a gigantic screen make you feel as if you are part of the action. A rotating program of new films and classics is presented by IMAX Telus Montreal Science Centre, which is now under the stewardship of the Montréal Science Centre. Call or check website for ticket prices.
A dazzling venue situated between the Saint Lawrence river and the old Montreal neighborhood, Terrasses is a premier entertainment venue. Celebrities like Rihanna, Drake are regularly spotted here. The premises has a trendy bar, bistro with a patio, a chic lounge and a VIP venue with an amazing view for private events.
Unwind from your busy city life and enjoy a cruise holiday with Croisières AML. With three ships ready to handle from 20 to 1000 passengers, this company is known as one of the most reliable cruise lines operating out of the Old Port. The hour and forty-five minute sightseeing tours depart four times daily from the King Edward Pier which take you through the serene water-ways of the city. Besides, there are many other longer cruises of about two or three days which are a perfect getaway from your regular schedule. Also, if you are planning a romantic outing with your special someone then you should check the dinner and sunset cruises. Contact +1 866 856 6668 for more information about the cruises, schedules and reservations.