Montreal is one of the most picturesque cities in Canada and it dazzles with its European-style architecture and hundreds of years of history.
Summer is a great time to visit, as the city will be bustling with festivals, events and great food. The temperature will be warm and the sun will be shining on this beautiful old city – so why not book a flight to Montreal this summer?
This article will highlight the advantages of visiting during the summer and list some ideas for fun summer activities, such as kayaking, outdoor concerts and the Montreal International Fireworks Competition.
Enjoying the Great Outdoors
Montreal is surrounded by beautiful Canadian wilderness and here you will find many opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous views.
Summer is the perfect season to get out and explore as the weather will be just right. A must-try activity is kayaking, just off the shore in LaSalle at the park.
The Lachine Rapids offer major thrills and huge waves — lots of fun on a hot summer’s day.
You could also try river surfing, a sport practiced along the Saint Lawrence River. While riding the standing waves, you might even spot some surf competitions along the river.
If you feel like exploring on two wheels, you could also try the many cycle path networks such as the Lachine Canal and the Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Listen to Some Music Outdoors
In the summertime, Montreal has more than its fair share of excellent outdoor concerts. There is something about sitting out in the fresh air on a warm summer’s evening and listening to the sweet sounds of a great band that makes for a truly memorable night.
No matter what type of music you are into, you will find it here in Montreal. The Montreal International Jazz Festival means that throughout late June and early July there will be dozens of free outdoor jazz concerts throughout the city.
The Pop Montreal Music Festival showcases emerging artists and indie music, and the FrancoFolies summer concert series offers free outdoor concerts of traditional French music.
Check the local event listings and you are sure to find several free musical events happening every week of the summer. You may even want to sign up for French lessons online before coming so you understand the music.
Soak Up the Vibe of Patio Season
When the sunshine and warm weather come around after a long and cold Canadian winter, Montrealers take advantage of every opportunity to be outside, even when socializing and drinking with friends. Summer in this great city is patio season, so everyone will be relaxing in the evenings, drinking cold beer on the restaurant patios. This is a quintessential experience of summertime in Montreal and with so many fantastic pubs and restaurants to choose from in this gastronomic city, you are sure to find somewhere that suits you. If you want the classic French café feeling, visit La Croissanterie Figaro in the Outremont neighborhood, or for the best view you can visit Terrasses Bonsecours and sip their famous sangria.
Attend the Montreal International Fireworks Competition
This fireworks competition, held every year since 1985, is a major event in the pyrotechnics world. This stunning display of lights and fire is known as one of the biggest and best firework shows in the world and it attracts approximately three million visitors every year.
During the festival, eight or nine fireworks companies from around the world will present a huge 30-minute show, complete with musical accompaniment. The best show will win the trophy, known as a “Jupiter.”
The event takes place from 22 June to 3 August, with fireworks shows taking place every Friday night at 10 p.m. One of the best places to watch is from a boat on the Saint Lawrence River, but they can also be seen from many other points in the Montreal area including the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Longueuil.
These are just four of the top reasons that Montreal is so much fun to visit in the summertime. Why not start planning your summer getaway? And you might want to checkout our What To Eat In Montreal and 3 Weekend Romantic Things to Do in Montreal
About the Author: Sharon Walters is a freelance writer and blogger from New York State. Montreal is her favorite city in Canada and she loves the romantic French vibe.
Reasons to Visit Montreal This Summer
Things To Do In Montreal
Montreal is a vibrant city with things to see and do all year round, from festivals to eating out to partying until the early hours – there is something for everyone in the city that never sleeps …
Visit A Festival
Known as the city of 100 festivals, there are festivals and events in Montreal throughout the year. If you visit in spring and summer you will be especially spoiled for choice; during these months Montreal is buzzing with life and festivals overlap each other.
From small local events to internationally famous “Just for Laughs” and “Jazz Fest”, there is something for everyone.
Many festivals also hold a number of free events, so when you arrive at your hotel make sure to ask the receptionist for some tips of festivals and free events to check out during your stay.
Art & Architecture
Montreal is also well known for its architecture. In 2006, UNESCO designated the city of Montreal as “UNESCO City of Design”.
Examples of great designs in Montreal include the Palais des congrès, a large-scale convention center and Habitat 67, a housing complex, are both design triumphs.
Indulge in Local Specialties & Italian Gelato
Named the second best city for dining in North America, Montreal is a true food heaven.
Along with a great mixture of cuisine from all over the world, there are also some local favorites that are a must when visiting Montreal.
The Montreal style bagels and smoked meat sandwiches are two typical Montreal treats, both introduced by the local Jewish population in the 19th century.
Another must-try is of course Poutine, french fries topped with cheese curds and brown sauce – finally, pay a visit to Little Italy and indulge in some freshly made original Italian Gelato – they’re as good as in Italy!
Join the Awesome Nightlife
Montreal’s nightlife is top notch and has earned its place as one of the “sin cities” in North America – with a drinking age of 18, “last call” at 3am, a variety of clubs and after-hours houses, there are many reasons why Montreal attracts so many party-goers.
The French-speaking Montrealers mostly hang out on Saint-Denis street, while the English-speaking Montrealers prefer the western part of the Downtown, with Crescent Street being one of the most popular streets in this sector.
Explore The European Surroundings
Montreal is very unique with its many European influences, from the culture to the architecture.
Mark Twain once called Montreal the city of 100 bell towers, and the churches are perhaps the most obvious European influenced architecture in the city.