Activities & Events

There's so much to do in Montreal. Browse below or check out Tourisme Montreal for even more events and activities!

Museums & Galleries

As a city bursting with culture and expression, it’s no wonder that Montreal is home to a wide range of galleries and art venues – no matter your taste!

Visiting the Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal (Museum of Fine Arts) is a great way to spend an afternoon, and reduced rates are available for anyone under 30!  Click here for more information about Art Galleries in Montreal.

Check out Museums Montreal for information about Montreal's many museums.

You can also take in some world-class art and architecture on your very own campus! The McGill Visual Arts Collection (VAC) regularly puts on free and guided tours of the public art on the downtown campus. Their introductory tours include such highlights as the Three Bares Fountain, the James Sculpture Garden, and the Lichtenstein Tapestry. Check out the VAC website for more details on weekly and special occasion tours.

Music & Nightlife

The thriving music scene and nightlife is one of the best things about living in Montreal.

Major local festivals include Osheaga, held in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, and Igloofest, which brings together thousands of electronic music fans to enjoy the best local and international DJs in the industry – all in the thick of winter.

Besides its many festivals, Montreal is home to a plethora of music venues ranging from intimate bars to arenas. One thing is for sure, you’ll never be at a loss for places to go on a night out in Montreal! Check out for a directory of where to go (“Où aller”) and what to do (“Quoi faire”). (Take note: the website is only available in French, but at least it’s an excuse to practice!)


Montreal is home to an array of parks, each with their own character and attractions in every season. Closest to campus are Mount Royal Park, Jeanne-Mance Park, and Lafontaine Park.

You can also venture to the Macdonald Campus and visit the Morgan Aboretum, a large forested reserve with trails you can walk or ski.


Home to the 1976 Summer Olympics, Montreal is not shy about its obsession with sports. Whether you’re a diehard Montréal Canadiens (Habs) hockey fan or an avid hiker, Montréal has something for you. We recommend you grab tickets to a hockey game at le Centre Bell, check out the Grand Prix du Canada, or visit one of the city’s many ice skating rinks. Don’t forget to also look into other Montreal teams, like the Impact (soccer) the Alouettes (football), and our own McGill teams.


Several malls line Ste. Catherine St. plus the more trendy boutiques and vintage shops along St. Laurent and St. Denis are all within walking distance of the downtown campus. Not to mention there’s an entire underground city with even more places to shop!


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