In Montreal, summer means more than just fun in the sun. It's a season that brings people together — something many Montrealers have been missing over the past year.
There's no doubt summer 2021 is particularly special. With restrictions easing for the first time in months, the spirit of celebration is in the air, and people are ready to make this season one for the history books.
Is there any better way to kick off summer in this city than with Saint-Jean-Baptiste? As a celebration of Quebec's heritage and history, it’s one of the province's favourite holidays and with good reason. From bonfires and barbecues to fireworks and fêtes, St-Jean is when Montreal truly comes alive.
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Why You Need To Do It: No St-Jean would be complete without a feast to match the fête, so fire up the grill and get cooking.
With COVID-19 gathering restrictions shifting in Montreal, you might be able to even kick it up a notch and have a backyard potluck — while following all pertinent COVID-19 safety guidelines, of course. Include some fave Quebec cuisine, like the famed poutine, to really go all-in on the holiday.
Watch Fireworks From A Rooftop
Why You Need To Do It: You're never too old for fireworks, and there's nothing quite like watching this spectacular display each St-Jean.
This holiday, call up your crew and find your way to a viewpoint, like a rooftop terrasse, to catch a glimpse of the show for yourself.
Have A Picnic In A Park
Why You Need To Do It: Whip out your picnic basket and fill it up with your fave food and drinks for an idyllic — and free — way to celebrate the holiday. You could even pack a Pepsi for each of your friends and submit those unique codes for a chance to win some sweet summer stuff.
Montrealers are spoiled for choice when it comes to parks. From Mont-Royal to La Fontaine, Jarry, Angrignon and more, the only hard part is deciding where to meet up.
Why You Need To Do It: Band together with your roomies or friends to host a pandemic-friendly celebration in your backyard. Organize food, drinks, games, a playlist, and don't forget to decorate with all things white and blue to commemorate St-Jean.
The best part about this one is that you'll never have to go looking for a bathroom.
Grab A Drink At A Terrasse
Why You Need To Do It: With Montreal terrasses open, soaking up the sun while sipping margs, mimosas or an alcoholic-free beverage is a splendid option for a summer afternoon. And on St-Jean, there's no better way to catch up with friends and celebrate all at once.
Why You Need To Do It: Since St-Jean honours Quebec's heritage, it's also a chance to embrace some local history too.
Place Vauquelin Fountain and Dorchester Square are a few of Montreal's fascinating historical sites that you can check out. Plus, with few visitors in the city right now, it's a great time to play tourist in your own town.
Go Swimming At An Outdoor Pool
Why You Need To Do It: During peak summer, especially on a day like St-Jean, escaping to an oasis in the heart of the city can be exactly what's called for. Thankfully, Montreal is home to many outdoor pools, some of which are free and others that require a small fee.
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After a full year leading up to Canada's huge 150th birthday, the day has finally come. We've been waiting and wishing for this day because it's going to be one of the biggest celebrations in Canada's history.
This Saturday, July 1st is Canada Day and there's so much to do in the city. There's tons of free things happening, family-oriented events and of course the huge firework show that will be taking place!
If you're not done celebrating after all that, keep the party going long into the night by going out on the town. Have the best Canada Day you've ever had this year by enjoying some of the activities on the list below.
The Canada Day Parade is always free and always the best way to show your Canadian pride! The parade with start at 11 am on Saint Catherine St. between Du Fort and Peel. Don't forget to where red and white and get ready to celebrate!
Montreal's Gay Village is hosting an open air gallery on it's streets that are completely closed off to cars. Walk in the middle of the streets and browse through the tents holding amazing art galleries!
Montreal's famous Jazz Festival is starting this week and I know everyone in the city is super excited. Every day they offer tons of free concerts and Canada Day is no exception. They'll be presenting free concerts all day from 11 am to 11 pm so don't miss out on some great music!
The Friends of the Mountain will be holding a free concert at the Chalet du Mont-Royal on top of Montreal's famous mountain. The concert will be held from 3-4 pm!
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Family-Oriented Activities On Canada Day:
One of the most important things about celebrating a holiday like this is doing it with the whole family! In the Old Port of Montreal they're holding tons of family-friendly events, so check out some of the best ones below.
There will be face painting artists located in the Old Port from 12pm to 8pm. Bring your kids and get their faces painted into lions, princesses, monsters, cats, and more!
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Where To Watch The Fireworks On Canada Day:
Watching the fireworks on Canada Day is basically a tradition for everyone. It's the big shabang at the end of the day that everyone is excited for. The fireworks will be starting at 10pm for 30 minutes so don't miss them! Here are some spots in the city where you'll get the best view of the big light show.
The fireworks are set of from La Ronde so if you want the best view in the city, this is the place to be. You'll be up close and personal with the firework show though so make sure you're not afraid of loud noises! Only downside is you'll have to pay for entry into the park, but if you spend your day riding the rides and then watch the fireworks at night, it's totally worth it.
Watch the firework show from the bridges of the Lachine Canal for a perfect view. I used to run down here during the firework festival last summer and I can say that it's honestly the perfect spot to watch them from. Bonus is that you won't have to pay a thing for entry!
With clear views of Montreal's Jacques Cartier bridge, you'll get the perfect seat for the firework show this weekend. You can relax under an umbrella in a comfy chair while the lights explode above you!
This spot is the best place to be on Canada Day, they have a nice beach, a stocked bar, a DJ and obviously the perfect views of the firework show. Get over here early to snag your spot for prime viewing!
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Where To Celebrate On Canada Day:
Now that you've spent the day watching the parade, doing fun free things with your family and watching the firework show, it's time to go out on the town and celebrate. You knew the day couldn't end there, so check out these places to continue your Canada 150 celebrations!
If you spent your day in the Old Port, continue the celebration underground at Montreal's secret club in a vault. Located below Crew Cafe, you'll find this club built into the old RBC bank vault. Celebrate in style this weekend!
After the events are all finished you're definitely gonna want to head up to Saint Laurent to finish the night off. This street is filled with bars and clubs so you'll have plenty to choose from! Check out Blizzarts, SuWu, Ecole Privee, or Tokyo Bar for some good options.
Come here at night to find some great clubs, bars and drag shows to end the night off right. After you've been celebrating all day long, this is the place in Montreal you want to come to keep the party going strong! Check out Sky Bar, Cabaret Mado, Club Unity, and Stereo for some good options.
Crescent Street is filled with bars and restaurants to enjoy a night out after your full day of celebrations. It's a little bit more tourist-y than the others but it's still a great option for your night out. Check out Thursday's, Winnie's, Brutopia, and Mad Hatter's for some good options!
With everyone focused on Montreal's 375th and Canada's 150th birthday, there is another birthday that Canadians will get the chance to celebrate; the loonie's 30th anniversary is right around the corner.
For this special date, the Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a limited edition 2-coin set made of pure silver, replacing the usual brass-plated steel. The first coin is the classic one that has had the same design since it was introduced, with the famous loon on one side and Queen Elizabeth on the other.
The second coin in this collection is actually the design that was originally on the old silver dollar, representing a fur tradesman as a nod to the country's past.