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