Montreal Canada Day 2017 La Fête du Canada: Parade, Events and More

La Fête du Canada: Montreal Celebrates Canada Day

Montreal Canada Day 2016 events include the Old Port's free Fête du Canada activities.
••• Montreal Canada Day 2016 must-see events include the Old Port's free activities. Robin Cerutti Photography / Getty Images

Montreal Canada Day 2017 Festivities: Fun at the Old Port Returns in 2017

Montreal's Canada Day -also known as fête du Canada in French- would not be Canada Day without its parade, Old Port activities and the customary mega-cakes. And when it comes to the Old Port's festivities, every year has its annual standby events as well as new activities unique to each edition. 

Montreal Canada Day 2017 in the Old Port: Annual Traditions

On July 1st, 2017, Montreal Canada Day organizers in charge of Old Port activities typically promise an assortment of free events and activities perfect for families (and non-families too), from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., including an opening ceremony complete with gun salute featuring a Canadian Forces brass brand, closing the day with nighttime fireworks by the water.

Setting up temporary tents along the Old Port, activities typically involve kid-friendly sports and workshops, live music, and a cake large enough to feed at least 2,000 people.

Montreal Canada Day 2017 Old Port Highlights

  • giant cake (anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 portions are served as of 12:30 p.m.)
  • traditional gun salute (21 canon shots as of noon)
  • face painting
  • inflatable games for kids 
  • street entertainment (from noon to 8 p.m.)
  • closing show (local musicians perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • fireworks (starts at 10 p.m. and lasts for about ten minutes but in 2017 will go on for 20 minutes)
  • food trucks on location

To reach Montreal's Old Port, get off at either Place d'Armes Metro or Champ-de-Mars Metro and follow the direction of the crowd. No crowd? Then take the direction that involves walking uphill. And then keep going straight. You'll recognize Old Montreal's cobblestone roads followed by the Old Port's waterfront in no time.

For a full schedule of activities, consult the Canada Day website. And while you're in the area, consider visiting Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and Notre-Dame Basilica for their stunning interiors, and drop by the Montreal Science Centre and Pointe-à-Callière archaeology museum for family-friendly science and history exhibits.

Here is what else you can do in Old Montreal.