Montreal is a multicultural city, with diverse and varied landscapes. Its parks and the many events organized by the city greatly improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. As the fourth largest French-speaking city in the world, its bilingualism makes it a very popular destination. In winter, the city is entirely covered by a thick blanket of snow and thermometers easily show negative temperatures during the day. During the summer, temperatures soar, much to the delight of Quebecers. This period of great sunshine is conducive to outdoor activities, of which there are many in the city
The Piknics Electroniks
Every Sunday from May 17 to September 27, 2020, Piknics Electroniks are held in Parc Jean-Drapeau, only 10 minutes from downtown. The event, which was created in 2003 by a group of fans of electronic music, brings together thousands of fans of the genre every year, and many artists are present to ignite the crowds. A moment where relaxation, music, sunshine and a good atmosphere are on the program. A major cultural and festive festival in Montreal, Piknics Electroniks have even exported abroad to cities like Barcelona, Melbourne and Dubai
Jean Talon Market
Opened in 1933, the Jean-Talon market is the ideal place to stock up on fruit and vegetables during the summer. It takes place in the district of Little Italy. Much more than just a market, 2.5 million people flock there every year. It's a real village where people like to get together to restock their refrigerator, but also to exchange with acquaintances. It is the largest open-air market in North America, a meeting place for Quebec producers and artisans. The perfect opportunity to discover local products
Rent a Bixi
To take advantage of the good weather, the best thing to do is to rent a Bixi, a self-service bike in Montreal and ride through the city with your hair in the wind. Many bike paths are available. In 2009, the Lachine Canal Trail was in the top 3 of the most beautiful urban circuits in the world according to The Times magazine. There are several trails reserved for cyclists and away from motorists, which allow you to cycle around the island. And to make life easier for everyone, it's even possible to download the application to your smartphone to check the location of stations and the number of bikes still available. Clever!
The Clock Beach
If people living in large non-coastal cities are asked what they miss most in the summer, they tend to answer quickly: the sea. To take advantage of the summer season, Clock Beach, located on the Old Port of Montreal, offers deckchairs, fine sand, misters... All you need to feel like you're really on vacation. This ephemeral beach welcomes close to 800 people from May to September to enjoy a few hours of relaxation. The place is perfect for families with children or friends, and showers are even provided when the sun gets too strong
The Loto-Québec International Fireworks Festival
Summer is the time for fireworks. Throughout July, Parc Jean Drapeau hosts the Festival de l'International des Feux Loto-Québec. Eight pyrotechnic shows on the theme of travel will amaze young and old alike on Saturdays and Wednesdays of the month starting at 10 pm. The world's largest pyrotechnic firms will be on hand to present their creations that combine light and music. A breathtakingly beautiful event to end the summer days in style and put light in the eyes of young and old alike
Montreal Botanical Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the largest in the world, covering 75 hectares. It offers a great diversity of plants in all seasons. Between the Chinese garden, the insectarium, the biodome, and the greenhouses, the botanical garden is a true oasis in the heart of the city. At the same time educational, by its multitude of plants from all over the world, it also transcends by its exceptional beauty. You should also not miss a visit to some of the 10 greenhouses in the garden, including the fern greenhouse and the exhibition greenhouses which, in summer, are transformed into a tropical space.
Montreal's Entertainment District
The Quartier des Spectacles is a cultural hotspot in the heart of downtown Montreal. The district is composed of 8 spaces where you can discover exhibitions, movie theatres and shows for all kinds of audiences. The lighting is also an artistic creation, thanks to architectural video projections that bring its unusual side to the place. Whatever the time of day, the space is constantly animated. It's simple, not a single day goes by without an event in this part of the city that is always in turmoil. And the beautiful days are an ideal time of the year to spend many hours.
The Rogers Cup
For sports enthusiasts, and more specifically tennis fans, Montreal does not host a Grand Slam tournament, but the Rogers Cup is held every summer in Montreal and is part of the Masters 1000 category. This year, women will compete on the Montreal court, alternating with the Toronto court that will host the men in 2020. The Rogers Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in which the greatest players have trod the court's decoturfing surface. As a fan of the yellow ball, you can't afford to miss this great event, with a lively atmosphere in the stands, between each point of course
Montreal Swimming Pools
The city of Montreal has 48 indoor pools, 74 outdoor pools, 109 wading pools and 117 water games. That alone! In other words, there's plenty to cool off on a hot summer day. Several parks such as Jarry Park and Jean Drapeau Park have an outdoor pool. In some boroughs, they are free during the summer. If Montreal also has lakes where people like to relax in summer, many people prefer the blue of the pools and the least we can say is that there is a wide choice and that locals and travelers love to meet there.
The Fashion and Design Festival
This major event in the second half of August is not to be missed while in Montreal. The world of fashion shows opens up to the general public, under the open sky in the Quartier des Spectacles. It's an opportunity to rediscover this very special atmosphere in a joyful setting and to discover the creations of Canadian designers, both emerging and established, as well as those of international icons. Everyone can move freely to attend the shows, live creation sessions, exhibitions and musical performances