If you want to watch the fireworks from the official spot on Île Sainte-Hélène, you need to get yourself some tickets, asap. Alternatively, the city offers so many great, easily accessible spots to cuddle up to a loved one or get together with friends and watch the fireworks.
1. Mount Royal Summit
Drive or walk up Mount Royal, find a good spot with a view of our beautiful city (there are so many!) and enjoy the show - simple as that!
2. Old Port
Whether you nab a spot at an Old Port bistro/cafe, or you just find a free spot of grass by the water, Old Montreal is one of the best places to watch the fireworks. Get there early though; it can really crowded, pretty quickly.
3. Clock Tower Beach
Another option, if you decide to head to Old Montreal, is to set yourself up at the Clock Tower beach. Sand, water, good company and fireworks? We're spoiled, Montreal.
4. Parc Jean Drapeau
Finding a spot at Parc Jean Drapeau will probably offer you the best view of the fireworks, aside from the one that ticket holders get. You're literally right next to the official fireworks stage; can't go wrong with that! Plan a picnic, bring some lawn chairs, make sure you know the rules when drinking in parks, and enjoy!
5. Jacques Cartier Bridge
Two hours before the fireworks start, the bridge is closed off to cars - but not to pedestrians! The view is absolutely incredible, but you will have to walk a while to get there. It's definitely worth it though!
6. Terrasse Sur L'Auberge
Delicious sangria, amazing food, a sprawling terrasse and an incredible view? The roof of the Auberge du Vieux-Port de Montreal is a prime spot for fireworks-watching.
7. Your Roof
If you live close to where the fireworks are being launched, you can pretty much just get on your balcony or roof and watch from there. How great is that? We definitely envy you.
8. Blvd44/2108 Club Terrace
Want to party while you watch? This terrace is always a good time and gives you the best of both worlds; fireworks and a fun night out.
9. Free Spot Under The Bridge
Standing or sitting, your choice, on de Lorimier at Viger and Notre Dame, its a win win if it rains as well.
Where are you planning to go to watch the fireworks?
Montreal winter simply isn't complete without a trip (or 10) to Parc Jean-Drapeau for some childlike fun. And the park just released its program for this snowy season, which is taking place from December 18, 2021, to March 6, 2022.
This iconic park is hosting activities for cyclists, cross-country skiers, nature lovers, hikers — basically, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The park specified in a press release that "While the help of Mother Nature will be needed to set up some of the activities, current forecasts are, fortunately, calling for a mild, snowy winter!"
And you'll be able to try something new at Parc Jean-Drapeau this winter. "As one of the new features this year, Espace 67 boasts an impressive Skaters’ Trail, a 500-metre long layout presented by Radio Canada," the press release read. So you'll be able to lace up your skates and wander through a new trail both during the day and in the evening. At night, the trail is going to be illuminated, and on certain nights, you'll find DJs there blasting tunes while everyone glides around.
Near this new trail, the free slide area that we all know and love is going to be making an appearance again.
At the park, visitors can explore three cross-country ski trails including ones on Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame and "an 800-metre practice trail with workshops held by Ski de fond Montréal."
You'll also be able to bike, snowshoe, hike and check out three unique exhibitions at the museum all winter long.
We often think we have to go on a road trip from Montreal to have some proper winter fun, but we shouldn't forget that there are always a million and one activities to do right here in the city.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Single All The Way is Netflix's first gay rom-com and IMDb describes it as a movie about a guy, Peter, who — "desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status" — convinces his best friend, Nick, to come home with him for the holidays and pretend they're now dating.
It stars Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom from American Pie) and Jennifer Robertson (Jocelyn from Schitt's Creek), both of whom spent time in Montreal while shooting the film.
If you watched the movie, did you recognize any of the locations as being in Montreal? The movie was also shot in a couple of other parts of Quebec: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Bromont. You can check out Netflix's interactive map of all the locations for more details. Or check out the Montreal spots in person, using the list below.
About The Scene: "McKibbin’s, a cozy Irish pub in the heart of Montreal, stands in for Lisa’s pub, where Peter and James go for a drink after the Nativity play," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood explains. The production used the rue Bishop location near Concordia University but there are four McKibbin’s locations in the Montreal area.
Scene: "Peter hints to his sister on the phone that he might be bringing a 'surprise' home for Christmas from a trendy L.A. bakery. The location used for this scene is actually the interior of Maman, a charming patisserie and restaurant," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood says. Maman, a famous bakery that's originally from New York City, opened its Montreal location in Griffintown in 2019.
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame Montréal, QC
Scene: "Parc Jean-Drapeau is a stunning park made up of two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, and is used as the New Hampshire forest where Peter takes photos of Nicholas for his client’s marketing campaign," says Netflix in Your Neighbourhood. Of course, if you're a Montrealer, you probably already knew how gorgeous and versatile this site — home to Jean-Doré Beach, Osheaga and, now, Peter and Nicholas' photoshoot — truly is!
Scene: The West Island also makes an appearance in this holiday rom-com. "In Single All the Way, Peter shows up at Bridgewater Spin & Fit for a blind date, where he meets James for the first time. Filming for this scene took place at Custom Conditioning, a full service health & fitness studio located just outside of Montreal in Pointe-Claire, Quebec," according to Netflix in Your Neighbourhood.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.