There’s never been a better time to visit Canada.
Montreal feels like a European city, minus the jet lag (depending on where you’re coming from). Sitting on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the city’s streets are lined with a mix of centuries-old architecture and modern skyscrapers that feel surprisingly cutting edge. The juxtaposition between the old and new world—sleek boutiques next to decrepit Chinese restaurants, minimalist coffee shops tucked behind decades-old markets—makes for an enviably charming city that is endlessly fun to explore.
Montreal is gearing up for a year-long fête to celebrate its 375th anniversary, with close to 90 festivals planned for the coming year, but whenever you travel to Montreal make sure to check out these 11 experiences.