A Weekend in Montréal on a Budget


Discover Quebec’s largest city and one of the most well-known Canadian cities with a variety of different attractions, museums, and events – all while saving with ISIC!



Morning: Parc Olympique

A daring architectural site, the Olympic Park was built to accommodate the 1976 Summer Olympics and has since been host to more than one hundred million visitors. You can admire Montreal from atop the highest inclined tower in the world. Parc Olympique brings you a guided tour of the stadium, the exhibition, and a tour in the observatory of The Montréal Tower. Show your ISIC and get 30% off the observatory and guided tour ticket. 


Afternoon: Grévin Montréal

Grévin Montréal is located in an easily accessible part of Montreal and is home to over 120 wax figures of your favourite celebrities! At Grévin Montréal, you have the opportunity to explore many different scenes from the history of Canada, modern life, movie stars, and international figures. Grévin Montréal is the most entertaining museum in Montréal! This is an interactive, super-entertaining wax museum located in beautiful downtown Montréal. Show your ISIC when purchasing your tickets at the museum to save $3 CAD!


Evening: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Spend the night listening to some outstanding music at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. It is the only orchestra in the world that possesses an octobass so this is a great opportunity to experience something special. The OMS is a professional artistic organization of international caliber that seeks to present the world’s repertoire of symphonic music and concert artists of international stature. With ISIC, you can save $25 CAD off of special admission tickets (check out our website for restrictions).




Morning: MTL Zipline

Start your morning off with a little bit of adventure! Come and try the first urban zipline circuit in Canada. Montreal Zipline offers you a thrilling experience while discovering Montreal from a bird’s eye view. Transform yourself into a superhero flying over the famous Bonsecours island. With ISIC, you can get 15% off your zipline tickets. 


Afternoon: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it a very unique collection in Canada. Their exhibition comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs, fashion, and decorative art objects displayed in five pavilions. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a bold, innovative, and inclusive art museum for you to explore. With ISIC, you can get 2 months of free VIP on your tickets. 




How are you going to get to and from Montréal? If you are trying to stick to a budget, it might be hard to justify driving. With ISIC, you can travel to Montréal easily by booking a nice train ride with VIA Rail (you can get Discounted Youth Rates) or by booking a bus ride with Greyhound (you can get 10% off your bus fare).




Now, where are you going to stay for the weekend? There are so many options available but if you are trying to stay within a certain budget it may be harder to find something. Check out Choice Hotels, where you can get up to 15% off accommodations and they have several options right in the heart of downtown! If you want to try out a more unique Bed and Breakfast or stay in a condo or apartment, you can also look at hotels.com, where you can get 6-10% off on your online booking.




Montreal is a place known for its creation in the food world – so instead of a burger and fries, pasta, or a regular old sandwich, check out some of the amazing foods that Montreal has made famous over the years! 


Here are some recommendations that showcase the foods Montréal is most known for: 

Poutineville: Quebec is known for creating poutine and it is the best place to have it in Canada as it is the most authentic you can find. There are thousands of poutine places throughout Montreal for you to try, one really good one that I know of is Poutineville – you have the opportunity to create your own or choose from their specialty list, the portions are also super big so make sure you go with a huge appetite. 

Schwartz’s Deli: Schwartz’s is where you can get one of the best smoked meat sandwiches in all of Montreal – the deli has been showcased in documentaries, musicals, and more since people love it so much. Their recipe has been perfected over 80 years as they marinate brisket for 10 days before they smoke it – it truly is flavourful. There are lineups out the door all the time – so make sure you set aside some time for it! 

Fairmount Bagels: These hand-rolled, blanched, and wood-baked bagels are amazing. A new bagel is not added to the menu until it reaches the standards of perfection set by the Shlafman family. They offer over 20 different varieties and are open 24/7 so you can get one anytime you need!

Muru Crepe: Muru Crepe is a snug little shop perfect for any meal. They offer a select variety of sweet and savory crepes to satisfy your salty or sweet taste buds. And if you want to bring some art to your day, the owner does amazing latte art for your drinks too! 



What is ISIC? 

So with all these discounts that I have highlighted throughout this post, you are probably wondering what ISIC is and how you can get it, so you can take advantage of these amazing deals! The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is for ALL full-time students and is your passport to access student discounts in Canada and around the world. An ISIC is the only internationally-recognized student ID, making cardholders members of a truly global club. Every year more than 4.5 million students from 130 countries use their ISIC to take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide. Check out our website https://isiccanada.ca/ for more information.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that our discounts have expiration dates, some discounts might not be applicable when you read this blog post – again please visit our website for a list of the current discounts we provide!