May 23, 2011 – The entire island of Montréal comes alive in a sun-kissed surge of activity matched only by the incomparable warmth of Montrealers.
An incredible cultural effervescence infuses entertainment venues, among the best in the country, and spills out into the streets, home to major international events and a host of free shows.
In between the World Film Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Just For Laughs Festival and FrancoFolies de Montréal, a multitude of other summertime musts play out in an uninterrupted succession of music, laughter and images. Keen on exploring what the city has to offer and making new acquaintances, islanders revel in this huge open-air party from late spring to early fall, from daybreak to the wee hours the next morning.
Montréal is also a city of sportifs… walkers, joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers who take to the extensive network of cycling paths, as well as main city thoroughfares, major parks and even the Quays of the Old Port—booksellers beware! Then there are the tennis and football enthusiasts who flock to the city’s green spaces, or golf aficionados who arrange to meet and tee off at one of Montréal’s celebrated clubs, like the Royal Montréal Golf Club, North America’s oldest.
Summer in the city is also about rafting, jetboating, canoeing or kayaking on the Lachine Rapids, pedal-boating on city ponds, parasailing off the beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau or cooling off at any of the numerous outdoor pools dotting the island.
Our flair for living the urban outdoors is also evident in the number of outdoor theatre and film presentations, such as those at Parc La Fontaine’s Théâtre de Verdure. Or for fans of electronic music, there’s Piknic Électronik, the Sunday happening par excellence set amid Île Sainte-Hélène’s lush greenery. And let’s not forget the International des Feux Loto-Québec, when the world’s top pyrotechnic artists light up our night skies with dazzling bursts of fireworks.