Why do international associations continue to choose Montréal to host annual meetings and conferences? There are many reasons. But many groups love our French-Canadian city because it offers oodles of cultural activities, yet it’s also affordable.
One reason why Montréal is an affordable destination is because there are so many free activities to keep both locals and visitors entertained. Here is a sampling of options that your group can do for no cost. Free things to do at any time of year.
See the past come to life
A local non-profit organization called Montréal en Histoires helps visitors to discover, explore, and celebrate Montréal’s history. One of their main projects is called Cité Mémoire which brings the city’s rich past to life using innovative projections. Download the free app, activate the projections, and witness the history of Montréal.
Feel the beat of Montréal
Every Sunday, Les Tam-Tams takes place in the surrounding vast green spaces of Mount Royal Park. It’s a beloved no-cost drumming tradition and it’s found on the east side of Mount Royal Park, under the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier.
Celebrate culture, comedy, cuisine — and more!
Mainstay festivals like the Jazz Fest and the Just For Laughs festival draw international attention. But Montréal offers many more celebrations! There are a hundred festivals each year, including a startup festival, an urban art festival, a circus festival, a beer festival, and many more! Most festivals offer a variety of free activities, and there will certainly be a festival happening while you are in town.
Reconnect with your inner child
One of the best-loved dolls of all time now has her own display in downtown Montréal: Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibition of Barbie dolls in the world, and features over 1,000 Barbies, including Hollywood stars, unique one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls, and glamorous outfits created by famous fashion designers.
Discover Montréal’s underground
Montréal contains a vast network of pedestrian walkways — 32 kilometres (20 miles) of connecting passageways, to be exact — beneath street level. Referred to as RÉSO (“network” en français), the system connects the city’s convention centre, major hotels, restaurants, and a handful of shopping malls. Grab a PDF map right here.
Sample the flavours of the seasons
We’re a city that loves to eat. We’ve got our characteristic local food — such as poutine and smoked meat — but one of the best ways to savour the city is to visit one of the local public markets. Sampling seasonal products is always free!
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