When you fly from Sault Ste. Marie to Montréal, you’ll land in the midst of Québec’s French Canadian culture.
Whether you’re listening to Francophone tunes in one of the city’s clubs or tasting Québecois fare in an outdoor café, you’ll find European charm in every corner of Montréal. French flair is infused into Montréal’s soul, from the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vieux-Montréal, to the towering gothic revival architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Montréal.
If you’re looking for things to do in Montréal, follow your nose. With food this good, Montréal’s most popular places to eat are also some of the city’s most notable points of interest. The most sophisticated of palates will be pleased by the city’s French-inspired flavours. Even basics like bagels, poutine, and smoked meat make for memorable eating experiences on your visit from Sault Ste. Marie.
For your dessert, get a taste of Montréal’s museums. From the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal, to the Musée Pointe-à-Callière archaeological site, there are plenty of ways to get to know the city.
At the Biodôme de Montréal, the city’s surrounding ecosystem is contained under the roof of a former velodrome, along with three other ecosystems from across the Americas.
The city’s own ecosystems shine in the Parc du Canal-de-Lachine waterfront park. The Lachine Canal, like Sault Ste. Marie’s own canals, is perfect for a waterfront walk. Stroll through this 14.5 km urban park or cycle along the Lachine Canal bike path. As you continue, you’ll pass through some of Montréal’s most noteworthy neighbourhoods, where you’ll have even more opportunities to explore the city.
Experience one of Montreal’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods during your trip from Sault Ste. Marie, with a day in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
For most of its history, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve was a working class neighbourhood. In an effort to offer leisure opportunities to the area’s labouring inhabitants, the Dufresne Brothers designed a series of civic buildings. This early foray into urban planning included public baths, a market, and a theatre (some of which still stand today).
The neighbourhood has taken on a hipper reputation nowadays, and the chic nickname of HoMa to go along with it. Along rue Ontario Est, trendy restaurants have risen as a sign of the area’s rebirth.
Even with this influx, many of HoMa’s old eatery institutions remain popular. Gerry’s Delicatessen and Restaurant La Pataterie still have a hold on the hearts (and stomachs) of residents with their classic comfort food. Bar Davidson has a well-earned, well-aged appeal, having served drinks to Hochelaga-Maisonneuve since the 1930s.
Everywhere you go in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the shadow of the 1976 Stade Olympique seems to follow you. The leaning tower that holds up the stadium’s roof serves as a landmark that makes navigating the neighbourhood easier.
In the nearby Espace pour la Vie, three institutions offer a triple threat of education. From the creepy-crawly Insectarium, to the indoor outdoors of the Biodôme, and lush greenery of the Jardin Botanique, these collections offer a unique look at the link between nature and humanity.
Immerse yourself in nature in Parc Maisonneuve. Another product of the Dufresne Brothers’ initiative, this 63 hectare park is a mark of HoMa’s past and its future oriented perspective. While the Dufresne Brothers probably didn’t foresee your visit from Sault Ste. Marie to Montréal, you can still enjoy their vision with an afternoon in Parc Maisonneuve.
Travel through Montréal’s archipelago park system on the islands of Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Spread between Île Notre-Dame and Île Sainte-Hélène, Parc Jean-Drapeau is the most-visited park in Montréal. This popular urban escape is only 5 minutes away from the centre of the city, making it an easily accessible day trip while you’re here visiting from Sault Ste. Marie.
During the summer, the gardens of Parc Jean-Drapeau drape the islands in green. In the Jardin Floralies, flowers bloom by the thousands, alongside towering trees, and outdoor art. Over the whole of Parc Jean-Drapeau, 15 works of art are installed. Wander through the park’s 25 km of trails to see this outdoor gallery.
Many of these artworks are left over from Expo 67, Montréal’s impressive 1967 World’s Fair. Another remnant of Expo 67, the spherical lattice Biosphère acts as a reminder of the imagination of the 1960’s. This futuristic building acted as the United States Pavilion during the fair, but now it holds the Musée de l'Environnement. This environmental museum is dedicated to exploring the relationship between the natural and human worlds.
Enjoy Parc Jean-Drapeau’s serene environment in one of the park’s outdoor sports venues.The Olympic Basin was originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games, but you don’t have to be an athlete to kayak, row, or canoe through this aquatic course. Afterwards, trade in paddles for pedals to cycle through Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
When the Circuit isn’t serving as a cycling path, it hosts the Montréal Grand Prix. During June, F1 racing cars whip around the track, in a competition of speed and skill. If you’re not here for the final lap, Parc Jean-Drapeau still provides plenty of fast paced fun. Casino Montréal and the La Ronde amusement park are adrenaline pumping at any time of the year.
Parc Jean-Drapeau’s past is on display at the Musée Stewart. Learn about the history of European influence on Québec and North America as a whole through the museum’s artifacts. Silver, parchment, and ivory works are your window into the lives of the city’s early settlers.
After a visit to this Museum, you’ll have a new perspective on Montréal’s heritage to bring back with you to Sault Ste. Marie.
Fly from Sault Ste. Marie (YAM) to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL), with a quick connection in Toronto. Sault Ste. Marie to Montréal flight time is 2 hours and 25 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Sault Ste. Marie to Montréal is around 1,005 km / 625 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.