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Speak­ing of Québec, while all of the prov­inces and cities are cel­e­brat­ing the coun­try’s an­niver­sary, Mon­tréal is also cel­e­brat­ing the city’s 375th birth­day. With both French and Eng­lish be­ing spo­ken here (French is the first lan­guage of over half the pop­u­la­tion), the is­land city boasts an avant-garde life­style that is show­cased through its cut­ting-edge de­sign, din­ing, and cul­ture. From the top of Mount Royal (the small, 764-foot-tall moun­tain over­look­ing the city) to the wa­ter­front area of Old Mon­tréal and its nar­row, cob­ble­stone streets; there is al­ways plenty to see and do in Mon­tréal this spring and sum­mer – es­pe­cially with all of the events and fes­ti­vals hap­pen­ing each month.

Now through the rest of the year in Old Mon­tréal, trav­el­ers can watch Mon­tréal’s past come to life through

Cité Mé­moire, an im­mer­sive mul­ti­me­dia dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence set amongst the streets and al­ley­ways. A new ad­ven­ture is wait­ing each night, start­ing at dusk, where you can dis­cover 20 noc­tur­nal sto­ries with the help of the project’s app. Renowned for its jazz, the an­nual Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional de Jazz de Mon­tréal is back for its 31st edition from June 28 to July 8. More than 3,000 mu­si­cians from 30 coun­tries will be play­ing over 1,000 shows at 15 con­cert halls and 8 out­door stages. Into dance mu­sic? The out­door dance party

Piknic Élec­tronik Mon­tréal takes place in Jean-Dra­peau Park ev­ery Sun­day from May 22 to Oc­to­ber 22. Then this July, the city be­comes an open-air the­atre for the largest street the­atre event in North Amer­ica, Les Arts de la Rue. Sixty of the best troupes on the planet con­verge to pre­sent their skills, magic, and cre­ativ­ity for the 375th cel­e­bra­tions.

Fierté Mon­tréal (the an­nual LGBT Pride event) re­turns to be the first edition of Canada Pride. Tak­ing place for ten days this year, Au­gust 11-20, the na­tion-wide cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s LGBT move­ment will cel­e­brate the di­verse cul­ture and his­tory of Mon­tréal and Canada for two full week­ends of ac­tiv­i­ties sim­i­lar to WorldPride and EuroPride.

For a cen­tral stay, down­town of­fers the most ho­tel op­tions. The five-star Ho­tel Le Crys­tal of­fers 131 spa­cious suites, sev­eral well­ness ameni­ties (such as the Amerispa, a Swedish sauna, an indoor salt­wa­ter pool, and an out­door hot tub), and the ho­tel restau­rant,

Bistro Lau­ren­tien La Coupole, serves in­no­va­tive dishes with lo­cally sourced Québec pro­duce. If you are a fan of Fair­mont ho­tels, the

Fair­mont Queen El­iz­a­beth re­opens this June af­ter un­der­go­ing a $140 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. Fair­mont says that this prop­erty in­cludes a brand new de­sign that blends con­tem­po­rary decor with vin­tage Mon­tréal, while keep­ing the his­toric au­then­tic­ity of the build­ing, a his­toric her­itage mon­u­ment. They will also bring on new con­cepts such as an ur­ban mar­ket and a multi-pur­pose venue for pop-up shops and more. While down­town, visit the city’s new ob­ser­va­tion deck that opened last May,

Au Som­met Place Ville Marie, where you can get a 360-de­gree view from high above it all. Here, just be­low the ob­ser­va­tion deck’s two floors is Les

En­fants Ter­ri­bles Brasserie, which serves a mod­ern take on clas­sic Québec cui­sine.

© Can Stock Photo / lu­na­ma­rina

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Canada Tourism There is never a short­age of things to do and see


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