Downtown, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Downtown, Montreal, QC, Canada

Downtown vacation rentals

Downtown Montreal is Quebec’s beating heart

Downtown Montreal pulses with life, from the banker-packed floors of the Montreal Exchange to the shady walks of Chinatown, beset by plumes of soy-scented smoke and swinging red lanterns. This is the chic and cool place to be, where the Downtown Montreal vacation rentals soar on penthouse levels, or offer bespoke interiors. It's also where the hulking rises of Parc du Mont-Royal begin, offering panoramic lookouts and pretty green spaces above the whole Saint Lawrence basin. And it's the land of chichi cocktail bars, puck-smashing hockey arenas, rowdy Irish pubs, fine-dining joints et al.

Get refined in Downtown Montreal

If there's anywhere in Quebec that oozes refined pursuits for the city slicker, this happening district is it. Downtown Montreal vacation rentals will place you on the doorstep of the metropolis's most acclaimed art museums, and give easy access to the top shopping in the city – think Gucci, Prada, and independent French design boutiques alike. Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours and the main historic walking tours also start here, while all the worthy sights of Parc du Mont-Royal are just a stroll to the north-west.

Between the skyscrapers of Downtown Montreal

Navigate the soaring Tour de la Bourse and 1000 de La Gauchetiere skyscrapers and you'll soon discover some of Quebec's top museums hiding in the blocks of Downtown Montreal. Start with the prestigious Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, flitting between Old Masters and iconic European portrait painters. Then, unravel some national history in the McCord Museum, or gawp at classy sculptures in the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Chinatown is also worth a stop off – if only for the taste-bud-tingling Peking duck – and the lookouts of Mont-Royal are a veritable must.

Downtown Montreal never hibernates

Downtown Montreal vacation rentals are a fine idea no matter what the time of year. Winter might be cold, but a network of underground tunnels makes it easy to navigate the district and hop between the art galleries even with the snow plumes of December, January, and February. Spring – in April and May – is when the bars and parklands start to come alive, but summer is the top season for walking tours and sightseeing, with the months between May and August offering long, dry days and pleasant temperatures.

Downtown Montreal’s the kernel of the city

Downtown Montreal is the beating heart of the urban fabric, nestled right in the middle of Quebec's largest city. On the one side, the rises of Mont-Royal dominate the horizon – thanks largely to building regulations that mean those green spaces continue to tower above all else. And on the other side, the winding canal waters and channels of the St Lawrence River slosh and lap against the harbors. For any glimpse of the real Canadian outdoors, you'll need to drive east, to where the Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park unfolds in wooded valleys, stalked by white-tailed deer, and peppered with old Indian longhouses.