Where to Watch Montreal Fireworks: 9 Amazing Spots

Where to watch fireworks in Montreal for free? Try these 9 amazing spots.
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    9 Amazing Spots to See Montreal Fireworks in Action

    Where's the best place to see Montreal fireworks come International Fireworks Competition time? Or any time for that matter? If you don't mind paying, buy tickets to see the Montreal Fireworks Competition up close at La Ronde.

    But you can also get one hell of a view just the same without paying a penny. And it seems like every local has his or her favorite secret spot when a major display is scheduled by the water in the Old Port.

    But not everyone has access to a strategically located private highrise balcony or rooftop. Not that it matters.

    There are so many possible vantage points in the city --like the following top 9 spots- guaranteed to give you a spectacular view of one of the most impressive pyrotechnic competitions in the world. And all they're all accessible free of charge, though a couple of venues on this list will ask you to buy some food or drinks.

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau

    Parc Jean-Drapeau
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    Parc Jean-Drapeau has got everything: weeping willow trees, gardens, art installations, a casino, and ... La Ronde, the amusement park where the Montreal Fireworks Competition magic comes together. So while fireworks ticketholders get to their seats and prepare for the show, why not walk around the park and find a free-of-charge vantage point that's almost as good as those VIP seats.

    Get there: Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro 

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    Clock Tower Beach

    Clock Tower Beach
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    A glass of bubbly with your vantage point? The Old Port's Clock Tower Beach is such a perfect spot to catch the Montreal Fireworks Competition in action. There's just one problem. Everyone else knows this so if you really have your heart set on sinking your feet in the sand as you ooh and ahh at the visuals, get there AT LEAST two hours early. Bar on location. Note that in 2017, an admission fee is expected and only ages 18+ can access the beach after 7 p.m.

    Get there: Champ-de-Mars Metro

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    The Old Port

    Old Port of Montreal and downtown
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    Is the Clock Tower Beach too packed? Or maybe you're with family members who aren't of legal age or you don't want to pay beach admission fees? Not a problem. Try standing anywhere in the Old Port. The view is just as good. Insider tip: if you're new to Montreal, try this vantage point first. It's hard to get lost finding the Old Port.

    Get there: Champ-de-Mars Metro or Place d'Armes Metro

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    Jacques-Cartier Bridge

    Jacques-Cartier Bridge
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    See that bridge? Now imagine standing on it with fireworks crackling above. Every year, Jacques-Cartier Bridge closes off to car traffic two hours before the fireworks start, at 8 p.m. And the view? Incredible. Just one caveat. You're gonna have to walk quite a bit to get on the bridge AND you're not going to be the only one. Unlike the Old Port, which has many exit points which allows the crowd to quickly disperse itself, there's only one way to get onto the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. And there's only one way to get off. So if fireworks end at around 10:30 p.m., don't be surprised if it's 11:30 p.m. by the time you (and your fellow gawkers) are back on land.

    Get there: Papineau Metro

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    Auberge du Vieux Port

    Auberge du Vieux-Port
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    Auberge du Vieux Port's Terrasse sur l'Auberge... THE rooftop terrace to beat all rooftop terraces in Old Montreal when it comes to catching the perfect view of the fireworks while sipping on a cocktail or glass of wine. But if you want to get a prime spot on the terrace, plan ahead. Book a table about one week in advance, or at least the Monday before the fireworks, to ensure you get a spot. Note that the rooftop offers tapas and appetizers but not full meals. Free admission. Drink purchases required.

    Get there: Place d'Armes Metro

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    Mount Royal Park's Kondiaronk Belvedere

    Mount Royal Park's Kondiaronk Belvedere
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    It's a bit of work to get this spot—think 10- to 15-minute walk from the mountain's parking lots or the Bus 11 stop—but on a gorgeous summer's night? So worth it. 

    Get there: Mont-Royal Metro

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    Village Au Pied-du-Courant

    Au Pied-du-Courant
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    A temporary outdoor summer installation, not only does the Village Au-Pied-du-Courant offer an incredible view of the fireworks and the river, but it's also a comfortable spot to be in with sand, lounge space, music and oodles of nightlife potential. Food and drink are also sold on location. It's basically an urban design experiment using an abandoned city lot that was so popular in its first year of operation in 2014 that the concept stuck.

    Get there: Papineau Metro 

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    Concorde Bridge

    Concorde Bridge
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    The problem with the Concorde Bridge is it's not the most accessible vantage point. By foot, you have to be coming from Parc Jean-Drapeau and by car, you have to find a nearby parking spot and then walk it. The ideal is to reach here by bike. The reward for bending over backward to get here? It's less crowded than the ridiculously popular Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

    Get there: Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro

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    Au Sommet PVM

    Au Sommet PVM
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    You couldn't ask for a better view of the city, and by extension the fireworks, at Au Sommet PVM, a 360-degree observation deck on the 46th floor of downtown high-rise building Place Ville-Marie. But it'll cost you admission. A family of four pays $54.

    The only way around paying admission is to book a table at Les Enfants Terribles on the 44th floor. The view is just as amazing and it's less crowded than standing on Jacques-Cartier Bridge or at the Old Port. The only caveat here is even though admission is technically free, you do have to order food and drinks.