Canada Day Montreal 2017 Parade, Events and More

Montreal Canada Day 2017 events include the parade, the Old Port's free activities, shopping, free museum access, a free outdoor art show and more.

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What's Canada Day in Montreal like? A multicultural ode to the international mosaic that practically defines the nation, things to do Canada day in Montreal include the city's annual Canada Day parade, traditional mega-cakes big enough to feed 2,500 people, Old Port activities, night-time fireworks, free concerts and more, held every July 1st.

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Montreal Canada Day Parade: 2017 Edition

The Montreal Canada Day Parade in 2017 runs July 1st on Ste. Catherine Street.
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An ongoing Canada Day feature since 1977, Montreal's Canada Day Parade is one of my favorite events of the year if only for its recognition and honoring of Montreal's various ethnic and cultural communities who have contributed to not only shaping this city, but this country. The parade is followed by free cake and live entertainment offered at the tail end of the parade, at Place du Canada. All associated events are free.

When: July 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (activities may finish earlier)
Where: parade is on Ste. Catherine Street, from Fort to Peel, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then afternoon activities take place at Place du Canada (map)
Get There: Guy Metro or Peel Metro

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Canada Day at the Old Port: 2017 Edition

Montreal Canada Day events at the Old Port
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Several Montreal neighborhoods schedule special Canada Day activities. But if you want to attend the mother of all Canada Day events in Montreal, head to the Old Port.

Fireworks, dancing, games for kids and other activities are the usual mainstays of Canada Day festivities at Montreal's Old Port. The best part? The day-long event is free. 

When: July 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Quays of the Old Port
Get There: Place d'Armes Metro

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Hit the Beach on Canada Day

Montreal Canada Day 2017 activities include lounging at the beach.
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Montreal has four beaches located on the island proper. Two are urban and easily accessible. Two are not. All are open. Admission varies by beach, from free to affordable. Details here.

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Drop by The Gay Village

Free things to do May 2016 in Montreal include exploring the Gay Village's car-free perimeter.
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How's this for a fun thing to do on Canada Day? Check out the Montreal Gay Village pedestrian zone. With any luck, you might just stumble on some circus antics. And you'll be in the thick of an open-air arts gallery.

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Free Concerts at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Canada Day 2017 events in Montreal include the Montreal Jazz Festival.
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The Montreal Jazz Festival consistently coincides its programming with Canada's birthday. There are literally dozens of concerts to choose from, whether it's the Montreal Jazz Festival's indoor programming or its slew of free outdoor concerts. Just show up and take it in.

When: July 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. till past midnight
Where: various indoor and outdoor venues located at or near Place des Festivals
Get There: Place-des-Arts Metro

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Montreal Canada Day 2017 events and activities you won't want to miss.
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Shop on Canada Day! For booze, that is. Shopping malls are closed on Canada Day but most of Quebec's liquor stores are comfortably open for business July 1st.

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Party on the Boardwalk

Things to do in Montreal Canada Day weekend include visiting Montreal boardwalk Au Pied-du-Courant.
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Did you know Montreal has a boardwalk? Village Au Pied-du-Courant proposes free entertainment for all on July 1, 2017.

Coincidentally, at 10 p.m. when the fireworks are scheduled, you'll be in a prime position to see them up close if you stick with the Village Au Pied-du-Courant.

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Do the Park

Parc Jean-Drapeau
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It's no secret I've got a soft spot for Parc Jean-Drapeau. If I'm not waxing poetic over its picnic potential, then I'm rambling on about its thrill rides, geodesic dome, beach space and eccentric gambling destination.

Just one thing. That dome? Not open on Canada Day. But the park's military museum is.

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Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM
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Observe the city's skyline at Au Sommet PVM. It's open Canada Day.

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Do Something Else: What's Open and Closed in Montreal on Canada Day

Things to do on Canada Day 2017 in Montreal? PLENTY.
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From the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to the Botanical Garden, you'd be surprised by just how much is open on Canada Day in Montreal.

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