What to Do in Montreal in April 2018

Events, Attractions, and Spring Celebrations in Canada

As the temperatures warm up in April, Montreal comes alive with a variety of events and activities to celebrate the spring season.

During your vacation, you can sample maple syrup treats at area Sugar Shacks, enjoy the annual ode to butterflies at the Botanical Gardens, and plenty of great concerts, festivals, and free attractions all around the city. No matter what your interest—or budget—April is a great time to visit this eastern Canadian city.

If it's your first April in Montreal, be sure to prepare for what kind of weather to expect and what to pack. Although temperatures typically range between 37 F and 53 F, snow storms and heatwaves can happen, so you should bring a variety of clothing you can layer—including a winter coat and rain boots.

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    People looking at snowy owl at Ecomuseum Zoo
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    As Easter Sunday falls on April 1, 2018, you won't find as many Easter events the rest of April as you will in March during the weeks leading up to the holiday. Still, there are a number of egg hunts, parties, and even parades that take place on Easter Sunday around Montreal.

    If you're looking for a religious experience during your trip, you can attend an Easter Mass at one of the city's historic churches like St. Joseph's OratoryNotre-Dame Basilica, or  Mary Queen of the World. On the other hand, there are also a number of activities and events that aren't about the holiday at all that will take place Easter weekend like grabbing a Sugar Shack maple-infused treat.

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    Montreal city views at night
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    April in Montreal features the multilingual literary festival Blue Metropolis as well as a number of Earth Day celebrations, a roughly month-long series of events with activities as diverse as lessons on urban beekeeping and fashion swaps.

    It's also the season for sugar shacking, the last call for Butterflies Go Free at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, and when locals contemplate heading out to eat local in Montreal. From the Jean-Talon Market's maple taffy stands to the Botanical Garden's greenhouses, there's plenty to see this April in Montreal.

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    People playing with VR in Phi Centre Montreal
    Photo courtesy of Phi Centre

    Montreal will be offering visitors and locals alike free access to dozens of attractions and events in April this year.

    Free Cone Day and the National Career Event are among the most popular. April 10 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's while the National Career Event at the Montreal Convention Center is also free and takes place on April 11 and 12, 2018.

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    The Queen Elizabeth hotel, Montreal
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    April is a tricky month for predicting weather conditions in Montreal. However, you can generally expect that the area's winter hotels will soon be closing their doors for the season—and offering amazing discounts to entice last-minute guests.

    Since most major hotels are connected to the underground city, you won't have to stress so much about what to pack for your trip. Still, most of the snow is gone by the second half of the month, meaning you won't be able to enjoy nearby ski resorts.

    Consider staying at Montreal's top-rated boutique hotels or Old Montreal's accommodation favorites for gorgeous views of the historic city centre and Old Port.