Visit the Vieux-Port de Montréal - the Old Port - which was redeveloped in the 1990s as part of the city's re-emergence from a period of ailment. Part of Montreal's resurgent lively image is the Cirque du Soleil, a must-see if possible in its place of birth. The Basilique Notre-Dame is another must, a grand neo-Gothic church that is embellished with beautiful decoration and artwork.
Soak up the summer's Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which pulls in around 2.5 million visitors and features approximately 3,000 artists each year with over more than 650 performances, 450 of which are free. Sticking with the music scene, enjoy the Montreal Tam-Tams every Sunday throughout the summer, a drum circle that convenes in the picturesque Parc du Mont-Royal, attracting thousands.
In a show of the city's passion, go and see the Montreal Canadians play hockey at the Bell Centre, and sample the atmosphere as the notoriously fervent and fanatical locals cheer on their beloved Habs at the NHL's largest arena.