Canada is now open — and Lions and Leos are welcome. We can’t wait for you to experience the unique culture of Montréal. Get to know our beautiful host city and its people with these essentials while you’re celebrating service with your fellow Lions and Leos.
Montréal is known for poutine — a local delicacy consisting of French fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and brown gravy. It’s so well loved that Montrealers have a week-long celebration of the late-night favorite. Make sure you try it from one of Montréal’s best spots.
The best bagel
Locals will tell you that Montréal has the best bagels in the world. And you have quite a few opportunities to see for yourself. Grab a fresh bagel from two local favorites (St-Viateur and Fairmount shops, only a block apart) and see if they live up to the hype.
Follow a local foodie
Not sure what you’re in the mood for? Try a gastronomy tour and taste a bit of everything. Try some local favorites from a farmers market, or learn more about the Jewish community’s influence on Montréal food.
Tastes from a truck
In 2013, Montréal welcomed a few food trucks in a pilot project. Today, food trucks are a massive part of summer in Montréal and offer a ton of variety. From waffles to dumplings, to bagels, seafood and much more, there’s something for everyone.
Retail rehabilitation on Sainte-Catherine Street
With everything from regional retailers like the leather boutique M0851 and the beloved department store Simons, to international shops like the Gap, H&M and more, Sainte-Catherine Street is the perfect place to rest, relax and retail. It’s also one of the longest commercial strips in Canada.
5 levels of fashion and more
The Centre Eaton de Montréal is home to more than 125 boutiques over 5 floors. Fashionistas, foodies, window shoppers and culture lovers will love every minute (and floor) of this massive mall.
Old but gold on rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Are you more interested in the treasures of yore? Les Quartiers du Canal has art, antiques and architecture galore.
In with the Old (Montréal)
Montréal is a city of old and new — it’s got both modern marvels and charming cobblestone streets. Check out the city’s old district to see architecture that dates back to 1685, see the incredible stained art glass at Notre-Dame Basilica, and relax at the historic Place Jacques-Cartier where you can watch street performers and portrait artists.
The art of the city
Montréal is home to multiple museums and galleries with both modern and historic works. Fine art aficionados should head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography and decorative art objects, and world-class temporary exhibits. For some more contemporary works, head to Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). And for live performances, the Phi Centre offers eclectic programming at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology.
LCICon is just around the corner — and it’s not too late to register. You won’t want to miss all your fellow Lions and Leos, the world-class entertainment and exciting seminars and talks.
We can’t wait to see you in beautiful Montréal for LCICon 2022! Plan your trip now.