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The Best of Summer 2014 in Montreal

May 09, 2014

After a long winter, Montrealers really know how to make the most of the warm weather! As North America’s largest French speaking city, Montreal is the perfect blend of culture and modern flair. Often called Canada’s New York, Montreal has something to offer everyone. And summer in the city is one of the best times to experience all that Montreal has to offer. Choose from festivals, shopping or the lively nightlife; plus numerous free activities around the city that the whole family can enjoy.

Read on to find out some of the city’s best summer attractions and activities:

Chill on the terrace

From hotel-tops to street-side; Montreal is full of them, and they are full of people! If you are in the mood to sit and people watch or have a conversation with your friends, then a terrasse is the place for you. There’s no better way to take in the city life and culture! Plus you can have a killer cup of coffee and a delicious lunch.

Bixi biking

The Montreal Bixi bike program is up and running already; with bikes being added each day. If you’re visiting for the first time, make sure to take a spin on this internationally acclaimed bike service!

Check out a local market

Some of the better known markets like Jean Talon, Bonsecours and Atwater market all make a great wander. Especially if you’re on the hunt for something interesting or delicious.

Visit the parks

Once summer rolls around, Montreal’s parks are in full bloom. Just like the terrasse, visiting the parks is a great way to experience both the local culture and partake in some of your favorite activities. Play ball, run, bike or picnic. Swim, play tennis or learn the tango! Do it all in the park! And keep in mind that there are many performances and workshops that take place in the numerous parks throughout Montreal. Just look-up your favorite park online and find out what’s happening.

2014 Grand Prix weekend

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when the Grand Prix hits Montreal so do some major parties and fun! If you’re into the fastest of the fast and some high-octane excitement, the Formula 1 race is not to be missed.

Free shows

There are hundreds of free shows every summer in Montreal, so be sure to check out local parks, theaters, museums and the likes to find out more. Check out places like the Theatre de Verdure in Parc Lafontaine, or watch during the Jazz festival for free shows.

2014 Montreal festivals!

Montreal is North America’s festival capital, so don’t be surprised at the never-ending stream of festivals! From the Franco Folies de Montreal, Just For Laughs Festival in July, Jazzfest, Osheaga, Fringe or the Montreal Pride Festival...you’ll have lots to choose from.

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec

Each summer, from June through August, Montreal hosts its International Fireworks Competition. Watch as the sky lights up in spectacular colours during the performances. Watch from afar, or buy tickets for the up-close and personal view. Check their website for exact dates.

And of course there are other well-known sites and attractions, such as:

  • Montreal Casino
  • Underground City
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Mount Royal
  • Olympic Park
  • Biosphere, Planetarium, Insectarium
  • Botanical Gardens
  • The Village
  • Old Port
  • Science Centre
  • Museums and Art Galleries

We hope you enjoy your visit to Montreal; and remember to look for a great hotel that fits your budget. If you want more cash to spend on activities and attractions, book a budget hotel in Montreal and save big!

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