Top Summer Vacation Spots in Canada - Montreal in the Summer

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It can get very hot and humid in Montreal each summer but that doesn’t stop millions of people from visiting Montreal and attending all of the great festivals that happen every summer. 

Along with all of the festivals you’ll find delicious restaurants, active nightlife, museums, art galleries, fun shopping, amazing firework displays, thrilling amusement parks and more.

Although I can’t cover everything Montreal has to offer in today’s post, let’s take a look at a few of the special attractions that you will find when you visit Montreal this summer.

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Montreal Fireworks Competition

I love fireworks anytime, anywhere. Since 1985 Montreal has hosted one of the world’s largest fireworks competitions.  One of the special parts of these firework displays is that they are synchronized to music. The firework competitions begin at the end of June. In the past they took place every Saturday and Wednesday night until the end of July.

The Montreal Fireworks schedule has been changed for 2012 to include Friday nights and Tuesday nights, as well as some Saturday nights.

The first night will be Saturday, June 30th and the featured country will be Japan.  The following dates are July 7, 14, 17, 21, 24, 27, 31 and August 3rd.

Viewing the Montreal Fireworks

If you want to watch the fireworks competition for free you can go to the Old Port or the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, which closes off the car traffic as of 8 p.m.

If you would like to get a closer and better view, and listen to the synchronized music while you watch the fireworks, then you want to head to La Ronde, just in front of the Lac des Dauphins. La Ronde is a Six Flags Theme Park.

Montreal Theme Park

Take the family for a fun filled day at La Ronde, Montreal’s Six Flags Theme Park. With over 40 rides stretched across 146 acres you will find rides for the whole family to enjoy including the kiddie rides, panoramic rides that offer a beautiful view and thriller rides that make you scream. La Ronde is open from May until October.

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Montreal Shopping

Head underground for some of the best shopping in the world. Under downtown Montreal you will find what is known as the indoor city.

You will feel quite comfortable and safe as you walk through the well lit, air conditioned tunnels that are lined with shops on both sides.

The tunnels connect to shopping malls, apartment buildings, banks, offices, hotels, museums and condos. You will definitely not feel trapped as there are over 120 exits.

The Underground City of Montreal was designed to help people get around in the brutally cold winters and the very hot summers.

Many visitors to Montreal have said that once they discovered the underground they never left as they were able to easily get from their hotel to all of the restaurants and shopping that they needed.

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Beer Festival

If you enjoy a good cold beer you won’t want to miss the Montreal Beer Festival that takes place in early June.

This festival is a taste testing beer festival and this year it will include approximately 637 different beers from 191 breweries. This festival runs for 5 days and offers four-ounce samples of each beer for you to try throughout those 5 days.

As you venture through the festival and taste the beer you will also find live brewing demonstrations held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As well the beer festival in Montreal includes food such as alligator soup and kangaroo burgers and fun events such as mini disk golf tournaments, beach volleyball and silent dancing.

Admission to the festival is free but each tasting glass is $9.

Montreal Jazz Festival

For those who love a wide variety of music, the Montreal Jazz Festival is the place to be this summer.

The Montreal Jazz Festival attracts over two million people each year to both the indoor shows and as well as the free outdoor shows.

The jazz festival features many well known entertainers such as Diana Krall, Prince, Pat Metheny, Ray Charles, Sade, Dave Brubeck, The Roots, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and Robert Plant.

This year’s festival runs from June 28 to July 7, 2012. If you enjoy listening to Reggae, African, Cuban, Brazilian, Latin Jazz and the blues you will not want to miss this festival.

And speaking of the Montreal Jazz Festival, in 2009 Stevie Wonder performed at the jazz festival and paid tribute to his friend Michael Jackson several times during the festival. 


    • Anthony Thompson

      Anthony Thompson 05/28/2012 1:12 p.m. #

      Ooooh! You've answered my prayers, Sicorra. I've been anticipating this post for awhile, and thank you for finally sharing it.

      I can't believe I missed out on most of these venues the last time I visited Montreal several years ago (that is if they even existed then). I remember The Underground City of Montreal. I used to go there everyday during my visit, because I just couldn't get enough of the place. I didn't want to leave.

      I would love to visit the Montreal Beer Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Now that I know that they exist, I will plan for a trip next year.

      This is a great post, Sicorra! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 05/28/2012 3:46 p.m. #

      Thanks so much Anthony!! Of course I wrote this post with you in mind. I knew you wanted to go to Montreal and were studying french, if you mentioned before that you have already been there, then I am sorry I missed that.

      Until I started to research Montreal I was not aware of the underground city, but like you, I know I would enjoy it very much.

      I hope you get to return to Montreal and enjoy the jazz and beer festival!! They sound like a lot of fun.

    • MyMoneyDesign

      MyMoneyDesign 05/28/2012 4:07 p.m. #

      Looks like a great place. If I ever shoot past NY and want to keep driving through Canada, I'll have to check it out.

    • Carrie Smith

      Carrie Smith 05/30/2012 10:17 a.m. #

      I've always wanted to visit Canada and Montreal sounds amazing! All these fun things make me want to plan a vacation there this summer. Especially the underground shopping. That sounds really neat.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 05/30/2012 10:21 a.m. #

      @Carrie - I agree, Montreal does sound amazing and yes the underground shopping would be fun.

    • Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

      Jen @ Master the Art of Saving 05/31/2012 11:12 p.m. #

      One of these days I'll finally get a passport and go to Canada. Montreal sounds pretty cool, so maybe I'll check it out. I love fireworks, so I'd probably have to go around that time. :-)

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