Montreal is known the world over for its lively atmosphere, its street cafés and its amazing summer festivals which include the famous Just for Laughs comedy festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival – the world’s largest jazz festival, the Francofolies – a festival that celebrates French music every June, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition – held in July, and many more. The city has a certain je ne sais quoi, something special that expresses its unique brand of joie de vivre.
But Montreal is a wonderful year-round destination that offers activities and special events throughout the entire calendar year. Let me share some of my own Montreal travel experiences with you to give you some ideas of what to see and do in this vivacious city at different times of the year.
In the summer of 2006 I went to Montreal to spend the entire Canada Day weekend in the city. I caught parts of the Montreal Jazz Festival, some of the spectacular fireworks at La Ronde and a variety of Canada Day concerts in the Old Port. The city was just hopping with energy and visitors from near and far were getting caught up in this contagiously vibrant atmosphere.