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2026 World Cup cities: Montréal is a Canadian city hosting the World Cup in North America. The city in Canada is (still officially being a candidate) part of the sixteen cities that will host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Montréal, Quebec Province, is one of the three Canadian cities that have made a stadium available – Montréal has the Olympic Stadium – in addition to three Mexican and (finally) ten U.S. host cities. Find here the most important information you will need, perhaps to visit the city in 2026. Information about buying tickets for this North American World Cup Soccer city of play. Info about the time zone, tourist attractions, typical characteristics in the field of sports, football and culture. And more about what Montréal has to offer visiting fans of the global finals in 2026.

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Canada, Quebec Province
City population: 1,704,694 (2016)
Time zone: winter UTC-5 (EST), summer UTC-4 (EDT)
Altitude: 6 – 233 meters
Exp. temperature during the 2026 World Cup: 10.9 – 25.5 °C
Venue: Olympic Stadium
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Montréal World Cup city

Montréal, in the province of Québec, is the 2nd largest city in Canada. This francophone oriented and cultured Candidate Host City is named after the triple-peaked hill Mount Royal, after it was originally registered as Ville-Marie (City of Mary in English). Montréal is centered on the Island of Montréal and a few other, tiny peripheral islands. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and an authentic Centre-Ville, with the famous thoroughfare ‘Rue Sherbrooke’. Other main tourist attractions are Rue Ste-Cathérine (main shopping area), the picturesque historical Pointe-à-Callière, and the waterfront promenade along the Vieux-Port (Old Port). Together with Mont-Royal, Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal), the Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique), the Notre-Dame Basilica, Oratoire Saint-Joseph, Parc Jean Drapeau and the artistic Place des Arts.

Montréal tourist hotspots

Montréal attractions: these are the best tourist spots of World Cup Soccer City Montréal, Canada. Are you buying a ticket for one or more matches at the Olympic Stadium? These are the hotspots of Montréal that, around the World Cup match, make your trip, visit and stay in the city even more fantastic.

See these tips with museums, parks, shopping centers, events, galleries, historical, cultural and/or musical experiences and other places of interest. They can be experienced in Montréal, host of the World Cup 2026. The best attractions and the best things to do? Find here the best hotels, restaurants, theaters, concert halls, entertainment and activities to do in Montréal. For children and adults. A useful quick summary. And if desired, click through to the official Montréal Tourism and Travel website.

Montréal Sports & Soccer City

50 years before the start of the FIFA World Cup 2026 in North America, Montréal already welcomed the world, within the setting of the Olympic Games of 1976. Also in 1976, a record of attendance had been set regarding a soccer match in Canada, in Montréal (at the Olympic Football Tournament Final; 71,617 spectators). Since then, Montréal has had the infrastructure, and facilities, to perfectly stage and host the biggest world sports events, with venues like the Olympic Stadium – now a Candidate Host Venue. Other than the Olympics, Montréal has hosted FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and several other youth and Women’s World Cup Finals. Also, these main professional teams have their home in this Canadian City: the Canadiens (in the NHL), the Alouettes (in the CFL) and, regarding soccer, the Montréal Impact team, operating in the Canadian Main League Soccer. The city also hosts the traditional Montréal Formula One Grand Prix.

Montréal team in MLS

Montréal Impact, playing in the Major League Soccer since 2012.

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