L’International des Feux Loto-Québec is back again this year. The annual fireworks competition began last Saturday with a beautiful fireworks display.

Teams will continue to compete until the 27 of July, the last day of the fireworks. The fireworks can be seen all over the city.

Many events are held to watch the fireworks: aside from purchasing tickets to see them live at LaRonde, there are many places where you can see the fireworks for free.

Read on for a partial list of free firework viewing events.

Jacques Cartier Bridge

The Jacques Cartier bridge closes to vehicle traffic from 8:30 p.m. to about 11:30 p.m. to allow pedestrians to enjoy an unparalleled view of the fireworks.

There's no question that this is one of the best possible places to get a free view of les feux.

More info.


Village au Pied-Du-Courant

This ephemeral riverside location is hosting a free night of music and fun. Head to the Village au Pied-Du-Courant from 5:00 p.m. onwards to enjoy a live DJ, food trucks and a great view of the fireworks.

Visit the Facebook page for more info.


Nouvelle Vague 

This outdoor coworking space/terrasse right on the water in the Old Port also hosts free firework viewing parties. The space has a bar, food trucks and a DJ. The spacious location is also a nice place to cool off on a hot evening thanks to the breeze blowing from the St-Lawrence.

Facebook event.


The Old Port

Head to the Montreal Port to watch the fireworks on comfy chairs. The music from the fireworks display will be broadcast live so you can get the full fireworks experience. There will also be picnic areas and "on-site animation."

More info.


Parc Jean Drapeau

The parc is easily accessible by metro, and from the parc you can get a good view of the fireworks display, as they take place on that very island. Get there early to find a good spot.

More info.


The Mont Royal Outlook

The Mont Royal outlook is way further from the fireworks than the other locations, but you get to see a view of the whole city while you enjoy the fireworks. Check out the suspended café while you're there.

Find out more.


That's my list of the places where you can watch the fireworks for free tonight in Montreal.

The show truly is spectacular and we're pretty lucky here in Montreal that we get to host this festival every year.

Whether you choose to go to one of these locations or meet up with that one friend who has a great view of the city from their balcony, I hope you enjoy the show!

If you are interested in buying tickets and seeing the show up close with the music blasting around you, head to their webpage here to buy tickets

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