Travel Blog

4 Apr

Meet our friendly Tourist Information Centre staff

You’re in Montréal for the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations and you’re looking to plan your stay? Look no further: the friendly staff at the Tourist Information Centre is the perfect welcoming committee.


Here to help locals as well as out-of-towners, the intrepid Tourist Information Centre crew aim to serve. They’ll even come to you in May, when they’ll be biking throughout Old Montréal on the lookout for travellers to advise! Each crew member is a perfect representation of Montréal’s rich diversity, and they all know the city’s ins and outs like the back of their hand, including hot happenings, cool cafés, great restaurants, shows not to be missed and shops to drop for – not to mention absolutely everything to do with the 375th. Best of all, they can tell you about is all in six languages.

Meet some of the crew:


Carmen grew up in Mile End and is passionate about foreign languages and music. She’s an expert on the local food scene and loves hanging around the food trucks that gather at all of Montréal’s big festivals.

What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out?

“Mile End! There’s so much to discover, whether it’s the narrow streets lined with spiral staircases, the repurposed industrial buildings full of studios and galleries or all the coffee shops, bars and restaurants. And it’s THE neighbourhood for the best bagels in town!”


Rebecca can often be found at a 5 à 7 on the hunt for new trendy restaurants and bars. She has an extreme passion for all things chic and extensive knowledge of local designers. She’s your gal for hip new discoveries in Montréal’s fashion world.

What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out?

“The Golden Square Mile: This upscale neighbourhood houses some of downtown Montréal’s most remarkable architecture. A nice walk on Sherbrooke Street West offers visitors upscale fashion at Holt Renfrew but also culture at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.”


Sylvie is a bona fide globetrotter with a love for foreign languages and cultures. Since she’s been back in Montréal she’s been basking in the city’s multicultural flavours both in the food scene and at African and Caribbean music concerts.

What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out?

“Mount Royal. How lucky is Montréal to have a mountain two minutes from downtown? It’s the perfect vantage point for an amazing view of the St. Lawrence River and the city’s skyscrapers, which you can gaze at while playing piano in the Chalet or listening to the birdsong as you stroll along the Olmstead path.”


François loves sharing his love for Montréal with anyone who’ll listen. The city’s cultural diversity, rich history and festival life hold few secrets from this buff of Expo 67, who you can usually find in a museum or at the latest cultural premiere.

What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out?

“The Sommet at Place Ville Marie. The 360-degree view is unbelievable: you can see Mount Royal, the St. Lawrence River, downtown, all the different neighbourhoods and even the south shore as far as the eye can see. On the 45th floor the interactive exhibition is a must for a different perspective on Montréal’s built history.”

With extended hours over the whole anniversary year (including from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week from June to September) and a newly renovated HQ on Place Jacques-Cartier starting in April 2017, the Tourist Information Centre really is the starting point for any successful Montréal visit. Come say hi!

Tourist Information Centre

174 Place Jacques-Cartier

1 800 230-0001

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