To come to Montreal and not see the inside of the Notre Dame Basilica is not having seen Montreal. The inside of this church will take your breath away. The entrance fee-donation is for the up-keeping of the jewel of the city. Guided visits are also offered, photos are allowed when no service or mass is going on. It can often be closed on Saturdays because of weddings.
Sunday it is open to the public in the afternoon after masses are over. If you are there in the morning you can peak from the back. The organs have 7,000 pipes. The stain-glass windows portray Montreal’s history rather than biblical stories and the church is all made of wood carving.
Visit Old Montreal district. Old Montreal is a charming area to walk around and discover the history of the city. It is best in the summer where there are tons of street performers, outdoor terraces to eat and a general ambiance that will feel a little like being in Europe.
There are many interesting galleries on St Paul, and a mix of tourist traps, good and excellent restos.
If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon during the weekend, head to the Nelson hotel gardens for a bite. Food is nothing special, but the atmosphere is great and they have either live jazz or classical music. Get a pitcher of sangria, have a crepe or a salad, and just relax and listen to the music in a beautiful setting.
If you got the time, walk up the Mt. Royal. The view from the top is spectacular. On a clear day you’ll see downtown and the surroundings.