Montreal is particularly bustling in the summer, with its many festivals and events. It's also the high season for tourism: tourists flock into the city to see what Montreal has to offer.
And, though many tourist activities have Montrealers rolling their eyes (we're looking at you, Old Port zipline), others are actually really worth trying.
There's something to be said for being a tourist in your own city. Try one of these more "touristic" activities to get to know the city better and have a genuinely good time.
Where: 110 rue Notre-Dame W.
When: 2-3 shows every evening in July, find the full schedule here.
Aura Basilica is an amazing lightshow in the Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city's most beautiful churches. The show uses projections to highlight the beauty of the cathedral: I won't give away too much about the show, but I can tell you that it's amazing.
This installation invites visitors to learn more about the city's history through "poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful" characters. It's a great way to explore the streets of Old Montreal at dusk. After, stop for a drink at Philemon or l'Assommoir.
This locations draws tourists in, and with good reasons. The gardens in the summer time are actually magical: it's amazing how much care goes into tending to the plants. You can spend hours wandering through the gardens, which all have different themes.
You've definitely already spent a day wandering through Atwater market or Jean-Talon, but have you ever gone inside the Bonsecours market? Despite it being a hotspot for tourists, it's actually a pretty great place to buy local products.
The Parc national des îles de Boucherville is one of Montreal's best-kept secrets. Peaceful nature, fresh air and a number of activities are at the visitor's disposal. The park is the perfect escape on a warm summer day when the heat of the city gets to be too much.