Here's how to see one Canada's coolest cities without ever leaving home.

By Stacey Leasca
March 29, 2020
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Montreal wants you to know you’re always welcome to visit. Even in the time of social distancing.

The Canadian city is pulling out all the stops when it comes to offering virtual tours of some of its coolest attractions. It’s hoping this will not only bring travel lovers a bit of joy in these difficult times but will also inspire them to visit the city in person when the time comes, too. Here’s everything travelers can see and do this weekend on a virtual tour right from their couch.

Listen to some great music 

Montreal’s greatest musicians are on full display with several virtual offerings. That includes the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, which is now offering live shows online. The city has also put together a few seriously awesome playlists for everyone to enjoy including Montréal Chill on Spotify as well as Montreal’s Indy Music Scene.

Historic shops and restaurants buildings in the Old Montreal district in Quebec Canada
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Check out all of Montreal’s art

Real-life Montreal is well-known for its fantastic art scene, and virtual Montreal is no different. This weekend, join in on the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Morning Ritual. Each morning, the MMFA posts a cultural offering on its Facebook and Instagram pages to help people discover works from its encyclopedic collection they may not have seen before including podcasts, videos, quizzes and more.

Virtual guests can also explore the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, a national archaeological and historic site and museum home to architectural ruins, all of which are also showcased on its website.

And, online, guests can check out the Montreal Holocaust Museum and its virtual exhibitions. Online, guests will learn about Canada’s Jewish history through a collection of video testimonies recorded by archives and Holocaust education organizations throughout the country.

And, those looking to “explore” outside can check out Montreal’s Public Art Online by taking a walk around town to see artworks installed on the territory of Montreal.

Try a taste of Montreal

If you happen to be in the area, you can, of course, indulge in a little take out service and delivery by some of the city’s best restaurants. Beyond dining in, you could also donate what you can as the restaurant community is coming together to raise funds for their workers who may now be displaced. And after all this, you can make a list of each thing you want to see again, only hopefully up close and personal in the months to come.