Canada’s second most-populous city, Montreal is the place to be in Quebec. Rich in culture, cuisine and activities, Montreal is home to a number of globally recognized festivals and events, such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, which is the largest jazz festival in the world, the Just for Laughs festival, the largest comedy festival in the world, and Les Francos de Montréal, the largest event devoted exclusively to French music. Nature lovers can enjoy outdoor attractions like Mount Royal Park or the Montreal Botanical Garden, while those seeking more thrills should spend an afternoon at La Ronde Amusement Park. During the colder months, Montreal’s Underground City offers refuge to tourists and citizens alike as a place that links together shops, restaurants, metro stations and thousands of other businesses without the need to brave the outdoor weather. While there are countless activities to explore in Montreal, the food is often this city’s main attraction. The cuisine is a blend of Haitian, Middle Eastern and, of course, French dining that makes this city an exceptional place to eat. Essential restaurants to try to include La Banquise, which serves 30 types of poutines, Fairmount Bagel, which is rumored to serve the best Montreal Bagels since 1919, and the Cabane à Sucre, or Sugar Shack, which serves authentic Canadian meals and freshly made maple syrup for diners to enjoy out of the bottle or frozen on a stick!

By Kayla Sexton

Travel to Montréal by Rail with Amtrak

Arts-and-culture capital. Cobblestoned streets. Four centuries of architecture. Parisian cuisine. With Mt. Royal at its heart. Starting Points: St. Lambert and Montréal.










Unique Rail Packages from the City to the Peaks

Montréal seduces visitors with a harmonious pairing of the historic and the new. From season to season, day and night, Montréal pulses with activity. Known for its many festivals, the city hosts a diverse array of events, exhibitions and gatherings for the thousands of culture, nature and thrill seekers. While masterful chefs continue to elevate Montréal’s reputation as a gourmet destination, creative artists and artisans draw admirers in droves to the haute couture ateliers, arts galleries and charming boutiques that line the city streets. Montreal has something for everyone and this charming bilingual city is ready to host you.


Experience Montréal’s vibrant food scene, including the influence of female chefs and recommended places to dine throughout the historic city…READ MORE

This fall, the vintage window-ceilinged Great Amtrak Dome Car offers travelers a chance to enjoy the changing foliage on the Adirondack line. This autumn from September 28 – October 29, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car offers a unique way to travel on the Adirondack line between Albany and Montréal…READ MORE

Ride Amtrak’s “Great Dome” Car This Fall! For a limited time this fall, The Amtrak Great Dome car has returned to New York. This annual tradition allows passengers to see the leaves change, the beautiful bodies of water flow and the major cities of New York all while comfortable in a train car…READ MORE

Check out the Amtrak map to plan your next adventure!

When cross-border service returns, Amtrak’s Adirondack line will take train travelers to Montreal, Quebec. Montreal’s Central Station (MTR) and St-Lambert Station (SLQ) are convenient ways to visit Canada from New York State.