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.
Montreal Canada Day Parade: 2017 Edition
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.
Canada Day at the Old Port: 2017 Edition
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
Hit the Beach on Canada Day
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.
Drop by The Gay Village
Free Concerts at the Montreal Jazz Festival
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.
Party on the Boardwalk
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.
Do the Park
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.
Observe the city's skyline at Au Sommet PVM. It's open Canada Day.