|For its size, there is no other
city in North America quite like Montreal. Our best known landmark is the
Olympic Stadium: home to the Expo's baseball team. When not filled with
fans, it doubles as a venue for concerts, car and boat shows, and other
sports events. The retractable roof is now permanently closed due to numerous
||Montreal is a great place to visit
any time of the year, but summer is when it truly comes alive. The Montreal
Grand Prix in mid-June heralds the beginning of our 'HOT' summer festivities.
Just about the same time, the International Fireworks Competition at the
La Ronde Amusement Park begins. The action on Summer nights in Montréal
can last until dawn. Saint Catherine Street becomes a traffic jam every
night at 3:00 am when the clubs and bars finally close.
||The Bishop-Crescent street corridor
is very popular with English guests, but visitors should also stroll down
St-Denis Street, the heart of the French Bistros. In Old Montreal you can
ride a caleche along cobblestone streets - or walk near the waterfront
in the Old Port. The Port marks the beginning of a bike and roller blade
trail that stretches 18 miles along the Lachine Canal to the west end of
the city. Above all, Montreal is a people city, and one of the best ways
to meet them is at the many festivals held all summer long.
|The first major event is the International
Jazz Festival which attracts musicians and guests from all over the world.
Many of the concerts are held at 8 giant open-air stages in a central corridor
closed to traffic. Additional concerts occur in the area's many clubs,
but even if you can't get tickets, the ones outside are free and always
a good show. Prominent artists in the blues milieu such as John Lee Hooker
also often perform.
||The last weekend of the Jazz Festival
marks the beginning of "Les Nuits Afrique", another nine days of music
from the Caribbean and Africa. The comedy festival "Just for Laughs" is
next and the list goes on - A Buskers Festival, the Montreal World Film
Festival, the Tour de l'Isle - the largest bicycle tour of its kind - through
the streets of Montreal. There are also numerous ethnic celebrations paying
homage to Greek, Portuguese, Caribbean, Chinese, Irish and the other communities
that comprise the fabric of Montreal. And of course we cannot forget June
24 - Saint Jean Baptiste Day - the patron saint of the Quebecoise. And
there are any of hundreds of other activities to occupy one's time - from
many performers on the streets of Old Montreal and the quaint rue Prince
Arthur pedestrian corridor with its many restaurants ... to the Botanical
Gardens, the Biodome, the Museum of Fine Arts and many wonderful parks.
||Two nights a week, throughout
June and July the island of La Ronde sparkles with the fires of the Pyromusicales.
The Amusement Park itself is a wonderful place to spend an evening. But
good views of the spectacle can be had from the nearby Jacques Cartier
Bridge or from the Old Port just across the river. The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place during the second week of August -
just a 30 minute drive south of the city. Another great activity on Sunday
afternoon is the weekly drummers' session - the informal "Montreal Tam"
that takes place on the eastern side of Mount Royal Park. And finally,
there is our incredible assortment of wonderful restaurants. Virtually
any kind of food you could ever possibly want, can be found here - especially
Montréal's cultural mosaic go on all summer: from Carafiesta and
the Mohawk PowWow to Dragon Boat Races and the FrancoFolies de Montréal.
Some of Montréal's best places to visit are accessible all year
long. Park Mount Royal lies in the center of the city on top of our 600
foot high mountain. Two cemeteries - Cote de Neiges and Mount Royal Cemetery
are also interesting. The Botanical Gardens are near the Olympic Stadium
and have nice collections of bonsai and orchids. To get more information
on all the events and festivals, check out my Links page for locations