Montreal may be one of the oldest cities in North America, but its tech-game is cutting-edge. From immersive experiences to interactive light shows, here are six places to ignite your senses.

1. La Grande Roue de Montréal

Relax in one of the 42 climate-controlled cabins of La Grande Roue de Montréal and enjoy spectacular views of the city. A ride on the 60-metre-high wheel includes plenty of photo ops. If you feel like splurging, go for the VIP cabin, complete with a glass floor and four leather Rolls-Royce seats.

2. The Society for Arts and Technology

Stop for a meal at The Society for Arts and Technology’s (SAT) The Labo culinaire-Foodlab, featuring seasonal fare from the Montreal area and beyond paired with wine, cocktails made with herbs and fruits, and local beer. Afterwards, explore some of the immersive art, including the centre’s 360-degree spherical projection screen.


AURA at the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, photo provided by Moment Factory

With 30 or more performances per month, AURA at the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal is a 20-minute choreographed light and music show. Created by Moment Factory, the show moves between classical music and images of the changing seasons, to laser beams and synthesizer music.

4. Pointe-à-Callière

Chronicling Montreal’s history, Pointe-à-Callière is a museum on the site of the city’s first European settlement, founded in 1642. Stroll over a see-through floor above the ruins of Fort Ville-Marie or follow a walkway through the brick-lined remains of the city’s first sewer collection tunnel.

5. Cité Mémoire

The Cité Mémoire project includes 25 projections around the city, photo by Eva Blue

Take a twilight walking tour of Old Montreal and downtown and discover the city’s past through a series of 25 projections. The Cité Mémoire project includes The Creation of the World, an interactive display in an alley at 24 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, which changes with each step you take.


[This story appears in the December 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]