July is hot in this town. And I'm not talking about the weather. From a cinematic gore fest to outdoor dance steps and a slew of festivals and freebies peppering every single day, Montreal offers the ideal vacation and staycation location in July.
Just be prepared for crowds. It doesn't get crazy in Montreal like, say, in Florence or Rome come summer when locals try to escape their own hometowns for as long as they can to escape dreaded droves of turisti. But it does gets thick near Place des Arts this time of year. Yet, in spite of so many people pouring onto city centre squares, it's actually quite safe in Montreal compared to metropolises of comparable size.
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July in Montreal is ridiculous. Ridiculous in the best possible sense of the term. There isn't just one free thing to do every day. Or even two. Or three. There are literally DOZENS of free events, activities, concerts, performances and workshops happening every single day throughout July 2017 in Montreal. It's the same story every year. We're talking HUNDREDS if not thousands of freebies in the span of one month.
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Montrealers do anything but take summer for granted. Bunking with old man winter for months on end can do that to a person.
So imagine an entire city awakening from quasi-hibernation, fully aware that they've got maybe four months to bare some skin and soak up those rays.
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Visiting Montreal in July?
Stay in the heart of festival central by booking accommodations at these recommended festival hotels.
Or if you'd rather wake up thinking you just landed in Europe, stick with Old Montreal's top hotels. They're a great starting point for people who like to explore the city on foot, taking in the sights of the historic district and allowing travelers to pass through Chinatown and the entertainment district to get to downtown.
For those who want easy access to the subway system or the underground in general in case it rains, try hotels connected to Montreal's underground city. These Montreal convention centre hotels do the trick as well, all closely located to Old Montreal, Chinatown, and the downtown core.
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The most active month of the year in terms of outdoor festival fun, it's hot in July! At least it usually is.
It's also humid as hell, so be prepared to sweat. Much like in New Orleans, 30ºC (86ºF) in Montreal can feel more like 40ºC (104ºF).Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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