Destination guide

Explore Montreal from vacation home rentals

O, Canada—the home and native land of poutine, maple whisky, and truly distinctive bagel making. Set on an island between the Prairies and St. Lawrence rivers, visitors are drawn to Montreal for its surprisingly European charm, lively dining and nightlife, and bounty of artistic and cultural institutions. The city also boasts plenty of one-of-a-kind shops, energetic bars, and live music venues, offering you something to do every night of the week. Your Montreal vacation rental will put you close to local attractions like the Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanic Garden, and the historic neighborhood of Old Montreal.

History

Historic sites near Montreal vacation homes

Montreal has an array of historic sites to explore on a trip. Vacation homes can be found near places like Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, a Gothic revival church with vibrant stained glass and concert performances, and Old Port of Montreal, a historic riverfront complex with stores, restaurants, and events. You'll also like the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, a modern museum with archaeological digs and interactive exhibits in historical buildings.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Montreal vacation rentals

Nature lovers can head to the Montreal Botanical Garden, where you'll find 190 acres of landscaped gardens and greenhouses. Across the street, you'll find the Olympic Park, which was originally built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. You can also explore the Montreal Biodome, an indoor nature center that's home to nearly 5,000 animals in 4 distinct ecosystems. And visitors of all ages will find something to do at La Ronde, a 146-acre amusement park on Saint Helen's Island that boasts 10 roller coasters, as well as other rides, games, and entertainment.

Activities

Things to do near Montreal vacation homes

For a unique perspective on the city, take the scenic stroll to the top of Mount Royal itself, a 3-peak hill that offers panoramic views of Montreal from its 764-foot summit. The hill is also home to Mount Royal Park, a sprawling green space where you'll find lively drum circles and other performing artists in the summer, as well as a sledding hill during the winter months. Shopping is popular, and the city's numerous boutiques range from funky to upscale. You can also find plenty of concerts and other live performances at the city's many entertainment venues.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Montreal vacation homes

Montreal has a humid continental climate with 4 distinct seasons—warm-to-hot summers, cool autumns and springs, and cold, snowy winters. Average highs during the summer months peak around 80 degrees in July, while spring and fall are typically cool to warm. Winters are cold with plenty of snowfall—highs rarely climb above freezing, and temperatures regularly dip into the single digits between December and February. Montreal's relatively short summers are the city's busiest season, and you'll be more likely to snag low rates on Montreal vacation rentals during the colder months.

Natural features

Riverside Montreal—an island in the stream(s)

The city of Montreal lies on an island along the Prairies River, near the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. Most of Montreal is either urban or suburban and relatively flat, but there are a number of parks scattered throughout the city. Near the center of the city, just a short drive from your Montreal vacation rental, you'll find the wooded hillsides and walking trails of Mount Royal, whose 764-foot-high summit boasts stunning views of the city and its surrounding area.

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.

Family friendly

Family fun near Montreal vacation rentals

Montreal offers many kid-friendly attractions for children of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near fun locations like Parc Jean-Drapeau, a set of islands with a park that has museums and entertainment venues, and the Biosphere Environmental Museum, a museum with eco-related exhibits in a geodesic dome. Kids will also like the Montreal Science Centre, an interactive and educational science and technology museum with exhibits for all ages.

Can I find a vacation rental around Montreal?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,095 vacation rentals near Montreal. From 1,508 Condos/Apartments to 455 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Montreal for a holiday or a weekend are 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:

  • Old Montreal: 539 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,326 vacation rentals
  • Plateau Mont-Royal: 1,041 vacation rentals
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL): 2,081 vacation rentals
  • Pointe-Claire: 377 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 traveling 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: 377 rentals
  • Westmount: 1,998 rentals
  • Dorval: 1,911 rentals
  • Côte Saint-Luc: 1,992 rentals
  • Montreal East: 1,714 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 traveling 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 vacation rentals in Montreal are:

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL): 2,081 vacation rentals
  • Montreal International Mirabel Airport (YMX): 253 vacation rentals
  • St Hubert Airport (YHU): 2,032 vacation 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 holidays in Montreal?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals 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:

  • Old Port: 2,079 rentals
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau: 2,062 rentals
  • Old Port of Montreal: 2,059 rentals
  • Bell Centre: 2,068 rentals
  • McGill University: 2,082 rentals

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

Pointe-Claire
377 vacation rentals
Westmount
1,998 vacation rentals
Dorval
1,911 vacation rentals
Côte Saint-Luc
1,992 vacation rentals
Montreal East
1,714 vacation rentals
Baie-D'Urfe
67 vacation rentals
Kirkland
149 vacation rentals
Dollard-Des Ormeaux
760 vacation rentals
Mount Royal
2,000 vacation rentals
Beaconsfield
146 vacation rentals
Hampstead
1,973 vacation rentals
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
70 vacation rentals
Senneville
69 vacation rentals
Roxboro
212 vacation rentals
Laval
2,039 vacation rentals
Saint-Sauveur
351 vacation rentals
Brossard
1,957 vacation rentals
Longueuil
1,836 vacation rentals
Morin-Heights
340 vacation rentals
Hudson
41 vacation rentals