Montreal – Canada’s largest city in the mainly french-speaking Quebec province. Situated in the south-eastern quarter of Canada, the flight time from the UK is only six and a half hours. The climate is a little more exaggerated than the UK – hotter in the summer with July temperatures in the high 20s, but with harsh winter temperatures of sub-zero most days.
There are so many reasons to visit Montreal this summer. Here are a few of the highlights which this amazing party city has to offer.
L'International des Feux Loto-Québec
Loosely translated as the Montreal International Pyromusical Competition, each year the Six Flags theme park at La Ronde hosts an absolute epic fireworks battle. The purpose-built fireworks arena hosts 6 amazing fireworks displays over 6 weeks, all timed to music presented by world-class fireworks companies from around the world.
This is the oldest and most respected fireworks competition in the world! The Olympics of the fireworks world!
The opening display, which isn’t judged, is on 1st July, with the 30min competition displays running every Saturday, and some Wednesdays, until 29th July. The closing display and results are on 5th August.
On 29th July, UK fireworks company Jubilee Fireworks are returning to the scene of their famous epic victory in 2015. Click here for more information.
The Montreal Jazz Festival
From June 28th to July 8th the streets of Montreal are filled with Jazz. And ok, Jazz might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the music is great, the beer is cold, the weather is nice and the atmosphere is electric– surely that’s all you need for a nice day out?
Completely free and taking place in the centre of the city, the Jazz Festival is well worth a visit. More information can be found here.
For F1 fans, the Canadian Grand Prix always goes down as a classic. Running around the roads of the Circuit Giles Villeneuve, an island in the heart of the city, the racing and parties go hand in hand.
This year the race weekend begins on Fri 9th June. F1 have produced this excellent Montreal guide with lots of useful tips, whether you are going for the F1 or not!
Other things to do
- Climb Mont (Mount) Royal – a reasonable climb up lots of steps, but the views from the top of the city below are staggering. The image at the top of the page is taken from Mont Royal.
- Toronto is a 1hr flight from Montreal. Why not take a few days to visit the city of Toronto and the amazing Niagara Falls?
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