19 of the most Instagrammable places around Montreal

Aug 5 2020, 12:38 pm

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopening throughout the province, SantĂ© Quebec is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the two-metre physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering or mask when in public. 


Considering this summer’s options are pretty limited, it’s time to get outside and get focused (literally) on the everlasting beauty of Montreal.

From spectacular colours, gorgeous vantage points, interesting people, iconic landmarks, and charming places, Montreal has some seriously enticing Instagrammable spots.

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Some locations come easy but some spots are a tad trickier. But, if you want those Instagram likes, you better be willing to take them Instagram hikes.

Here are 19 places around the island that’ll help boost your ‘Gram game.

BelvĂ©dĂšre Camilien-Houde Lookout – Mont-Royal

 

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The BelvédÚre Camilien-Houde Lookout is arguably the most postcard-esque spot in all of Montreal. Perched atop Mont Royal, the spot offers city-wide views of the entire island and beyond.

Address: Voie Camilien-Houde, Mont-Royal

Farine Five Roses

 

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The Farine Five Roses sign has been a feature among Montreal’s skyline, in some form, since 1948.

Whether photographed at night, or during the day, the flour mill’s sign is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Feature the recognizable emblem in a spring photo and you’ll get all the Instagram love from locals.

Address: H3C 1Y4

Notre Dame Basilica

 

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This 190-year-old basilica takes over the skyline of a historic district of Old Montreal and is exuding with photo opportunities, both inside and out.

Address: 110 Notre-Dame Ouest

Place Ville Marie

 

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PVM is an exceptionally located esplanade in the heart of downtown Montreal, offering majestic sites of the city landscape. L’Observatoire Place Ville Marie offers breathtaking 360Âș views of the entire island — you can’t go wrong.

Address: 1 Place Ville Marie

Palais des congrÚs de Montréal

 

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The Palais des congrÚs is a convention centre at the northern end of Old Montreal. Built above the Ville-Marie Expressway, this gorgeous and colourful structure has 200,000-sq-ft of exhibition space and is an absolute treat to the Instagram eye thanks to its iconic stairs and colourful wall made of glass.

Address: 201 Viger Avenue

Montreal Clock Tower

 

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Constructed in 1922, The Old Port’s Clock Tower sits at the end of a pier, offering spectacular views of both the St. Lawrence River and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

Address: 1 Clock Tower Quay

Olympic Stadium and the Montreal Tower

 

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The Olympic Stadium, the largest amphitheatre in the province, cost Quebecers a boat-load of money so you might as well get snapping (because let’s be honest, it’s not being used for much else).

Originally built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, at 541 feet, the Big O is the tallest inclined structure in the world.

Address: 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue

Pont Jacques-Cartier

 

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Accessible by foot (and by car obviously, though not ideal for taking pics), the Pont Jacques-Cartier is a magnificent steel structure that crosses the island of Montreal to the South Shore over the St. Lawrence River.

So, there are ample spots to take breathtaking pics of Montreal, the South Shore, the river, and the bridge itself in all its springtime glory (especially when it’s illuminated).

Address: 134 Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Square Saint-Louis

 

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Square Saint-Louis is an urban square in The Plateau.

The square is architecturally rich and will make you feel like you were teleported to 19th-century European homes, primetime for IG.

Address: Rue St-Denis

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

 

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Saint Joseph’s Oratory is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Mont Royal’s Westmount Summit.

It is the largest church in Canada and claims to have one of the world’s largest domes.

Along with spectacular views of the city at the oratory’s top standing, the spot is covered in gorgeous colours, trees, and flowers.

Address: 3800 Queen Mary Road

Mont Royal Cross

 

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On the northeastern peak of the mountain, a giant 26-ton steel cross overlooks the eastern part of the island, originally erected in the 17th century, the Mont Royal Cross used to be made out of wood.

As a background filler, or as the main, the cross is a Montreal symbol and has some serious value in the Instagram game.

Address: Olmsted Trail

Jean Talon Market

 

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The highlight of Little Italy is undoubtedly the Jean Talon Market. The Jean Talon market has been supplying Montreal with fresh Quebec products and specialty items from around the world since 1934 and Instagrammers with pictures since 2010.

From a wide variety of produce, flowers, fish, meat, and desserts, go snap crazy at the Jean Talon Market for detailed-heavy posts.

The market is functioning at a reduced capacity due to COVID-19 but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.

Address: 7070 Henri Julien Avenue

Atwater Market

 

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The Atwater Market is a massive farmers’ market located in Saint-Henri that’s been running since 1933. The market features both indoor and outdoor vendors from a vast variety of local options: meat, bread, cheese, fruit, vegetables, flowers, candy, pizza, and ice cream.

Even while functioning under the COVID-19 safety protocols, the Atwater Market is an absolute treasure to stroll through.

Address: 138 Atwater Avenue

Marché Bonsecours

 

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Old Montreal’s MarchĂ© Bonsecours is a two-story domed public market. For more than 100 years, it was the main public market in the Montreal area and now, while still functional, is a gorgeous option for the ‘gram.

Address: 350 rue St. Paul Est

Beaver Lake

 

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Taken from an old beaver damn discovered during its construction in 1938, Beaver Lake is definitely a lot more lake than it is beaver.

The lake, trees, and greenery are a stunning visual found inside a giant park on Mont-Royal.

Address: 1260 chemin Remembrance

La Ronde

 

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park, originally built as part of Expo 67, now owned by Six Flags, is full of colours, excitement, and happy rollercoaster riders (some of whom are upside down) – an ideal environment for Instagram fans.

Given the COVID-19 safety precautions, it’s not as packed as it usually is but the photo opps are still there.

La Ronde’s lease with the City of Montreal runs until 2065 so you’ve got some time to spare.

Address: 22 Chemin Macdonald

McGill University

 

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Besides being regarded as one of the best universities in the world, the renowned campus is located at the foot of Mont Royal and is bordered between Doctor Penfield and Sherbrooke, offering a beautiful mix of greenery and stylish bricked buildings.

Address: 845 Sherbrooke Ouest

Westmount Summit

 

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Westmount Summit is the summit of one of Mont Royal’s three peaks and it offers a great blend of Montreal’s concrete scenery with the city’s outdoor greenery.

The summit’s adjacent Summit Woods is an equally gorgeous park that’s quiet and offers great in-city views of a deep, green forest.

Plus, there’s parking!

Address: 36 Summit Circle, Westmount

La Grande Roue

 

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If you’re looking for a great vantage point over the city, and you want to have some fun getting there, get to the top of Old Montreal’s La Grande Roue, Canada’s largest observational wheel.

Address: 362 rue de la Commune Est

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