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The Most Instagrammable Places in Montreal

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Updated: 18 November 2017

Montreal is filled with unique architecture, vibrant street art, and natural settings that make the city an endlessly fascinating place to photograph. Here are 10 of the most Instagrammable places to explore around Montreal with your camera in hand.

Old Montreal / Old Port

Old Montreal is the city’s most historic district, as well as its most popular tourist destination. Some of the buildings here date to as far back as the 1700s, making them among the oldest structures in Canada. The photo opportunities are endless—from the cobblestoned streets and alleyways to the cute boutiques and shops, old bricked walls and the rippled port beyond.

Vieux-Port de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

The architecture in many of Montreal’s neighborhoods is often historic and unique in the context of North America. Wander the tree-lined streets of the Plateau and have your camera ready to capture the unique façades of the houses and shops.

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Mont Royal Park

Centrally located in the city, Mont Royal is the small mountain that gives Montreal its name. Now a major park that includes trails, woods, fields, and a little lake, it’s a popular spot year-round for outdoor recreation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Mont Royal Park, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Mont Royal Belvedere

If you head right to the top of Mont Royal, you can take in one of the best panoramic views of the city from the belvedere. Here, you can capture the downtown area, with the St. Lawrence River just beyond. The scene is Instagrammable in all seasons.

Chalet du Mont Royal / Mont Royal Belvedere, Montreal, QC, Canada

St. Joesph’s Oratory

A stunning example of Montreal’s historic religious architecture, St. Joseph’s Oratory is a famous shrine and lookout point in the city. Located on the Westmount Summit of Mont Royal, St. Joseph’s is best photographed at sunset when it’s illuminated by the falling light.

L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, 3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, QC, Canada

Mysterious sky ⛪️🌅. . . . . . . #canoncanada150

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Lachine Canal

The Lachine Canal covers almost 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) through the southwest side of the Island of Montreal. It’s integral to the industrial history of the city, but nowadays its become a recreational area, complete with parks and a bike path that runs alongside the water.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Montreal Botanical Garden

During spring and summer, take some time to explore the beautiful gardens that face the unusual Olympic Stadium in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.

Jardin botanique de Montréal, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montreal, QC, Canada+1 514 872 1400

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Parc La Fontaine

This locale is another of Montreal’s major parks, and it’s lovely to explore, particularly when the weather is misty and mysterious—or even when there is a blanket of snow.

Parc La Fontaine, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Jacques Cartier Bridge

A major project for Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations for 2017 involved decorating the Jacques Cartier Bridge with an elaborate display of lights, which make it a prime Instagram subject at night.

Pont Jacques Cartier, Montreal, QC, Canada

World Trade Centre

Montreal’s World Trade Centre is a unique building in the city’s downtown core. It incorporates several different architectural styles and historic elements, from a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal (1699–1757) to a piece of the Berlin Wall that was donated to the city in 1992. It’s a fascinating structure that makes for some truly unique photos.

World Trade Centre, 747 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montreal, QC, Canada

Never been in this building before. #impressed #architecture #montreal #worldtradecentremontreal

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