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Enjoy Montréal’s Sustainable Lifestyle and Explore Just like a Local 

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Montréal has it all: culture, charm, and an internationally recognized commitment to eco-tourism and sustainability.

There’s a lot to love about Montréal. Montréal is home to a network almost 1500 parks, including 19 major parks, with a combined surface area of 6000 hectares of public greenspace. With stunning architecture including in historic Old Montréal, a vibrant arts scene and lively nightlife, unique boutiques, and a wide range of delicious culinary experiences, this charming city truly caters to all tastes. Plus, finding the perfect place to stay is easy due to the thousands of accommodation options, from major chains to quaint boutique hotels. Getting around is a breeze thanks to Montréal’s excellent public transit system and BIXI Montréal, the city’s bike-sharing system.

Live like a local

The best way to experience Montréal is like a Montrealer. Stroll the city streets by foot, hop on the Métro, or rent a bike. Montréal is the most bicycle-friendly large city in North America, with 846 kilometres of bike lanes and paths to explore. Take the speed up a notch by renting an e-bike from Fitz Montréal, and don’t miss the opportunity to walk Montréal’s car-free streets all summer long!

The Promise for a Sustainable Stay invites you to enjoy Montréal like a local.

If you like to shop and eat, Montréal is the place to be. The city boasts everything from delightful indie cafés to renowned restaurants. Make sure to savour signature dishes like poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and bagels. There are lots of spots to grab a zero-waste bite in Montréal, including local favourite Le Café des Habitudes. The city’s many local boutiques offer unique made-in-Montréal clothing, housewares, artwork and more.

To experience the city’s flourishing culture, check out a museum, the theatre, or a fabulous outdoor festival. Feeling adventurous? Take a surf, stand-up paddleboard, or whitewater kayak lesson on the St. Lawrence River courtesy of award-winning ecotourism company KSF. 

A recognized sustainable destination

Montréal is also a top eco-tourism destination. Having maintained the top position in North America in the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index 2023, a world benchmark in sustainable tourism, Tourisme Montréal has cemented the city’s reputation as an international model in environmentally friendly, responsible, and community-oriented travel. And from eliminating single-use plastics to encouraging biking to promoting the city’s sustainable businesses, Montréal’s initiatives has made enjoying the city sustainably blissfully easy.

The city ranked among the top 15 Sustainable Destinations in the world in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Destinations and is the number one most bicycle-friendly large city in North America. Tourisme Montréal is continually recognized for its sustainability standards.

Want to experience all that Montréal has to offer? Planning a sustainable stay in this welcoming city is a breeze. The Promise for a Sustainable Stay invites you to enjoy Montréal like a local. Naturally green, welcoming, and diverse, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant metropolis.

Promise for a Sustainable Stay

  • Leave only footprints: Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Explore sustainably: Choose low-impact transportation options.
  • Support locals: Shop with a sense of place and buy local.
  • Celebrate difference: Explore our diverse communities and mingle with locals.
  • Share the love: Treat others as you’d like to be treated.

Just arrived in Montreal? Stay at an eco-friendly certified hotel. Choose from Le Mount Stephen, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, St-Martin Hotel Particulier Downtown, W Montréal, or Sofitel Montréal Le Carré Doré. Other options include Boxotel, ITHQ Hotel, Alt Hotel Griffintown, or Ruby Foo’s with its new eco-conscious Signature rooms.

Montréal’s food scene offers an abundance of environmentally responsible choices. Vegans will love LOV, Aux Vivres, Tendresse, Café Dei Campi, and more. Enjoy fresh, local, seasonal cuisine at Le St-Urbain, Candide, Chez Victoire, and others. For sustainable fish and chips, visit Brit & Chips. 

Looking for what to do while visiting beautiful Montreal? Relax at Bota Bota, a river spa using eco-friendly geothermal energy and vegan products, offering stunning city views. Enjoy eco-responsible surfing, SUP, and kayaking with KSF on the St. Lawrence River. Take a historic, carbon-neutral cruise on the Lachine Canal with Petit Navire. Explore Mount Royal’s scenic trails by foot, bike, or, in winter, on skis!

Discover the wonders of nature at Space for Life, Canada’s largest nature and science museum complex, including the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, and Planetarium. Discover parc Frédéric-Back’s green spaces and cultural attractions.

Looking for local gifts to take back to your loved ones? Visit BKIND on Saint-Laurent Boulevard for natural, vegan, Québec-made beauty products. In the Plateau, explore Savonnerie M’Nonga for handcrafted soaps and body products. Discover ethical fashion at Harricana par Mariouche, specializing in recycled furs, cashmeres, and silks, and join a creative workshop.

Plan your eco-friendly stay in Montréal today. 

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