We love us our pyrotechnics in Montreal.
Each summer, from June to late July, the top fireworks companies around the globe present 30-minute long shows on Saturday nights to compete for the top prize. The International des Feux, our International Fireworks Festival, attracts the world’s leading designers, bigbang technicians and sparkly optic addicts. The fireworks are synchronized to music broadcast over Rythme FM ( 105,7).
Here are the top 10 locations to watch these weekly firework shows in Montreal:
*A plane. My friend Lambert owns a plane, and took us on a magical ride one enchanted Saturday evening (since I know I’m lucky to have a friend who builds planes, I made the little video above to show off Montreal’s lighting and pyrotechnic wizardry).
*The Amphi-bus. This boat/bus is a sea-land-vehicle that offers serious bang for your buck. You get a tour of Montreal by land, then launch into the St-Lawrence to watch the fireworks show from the river.
* La Ronde. Montreal’s amusement park is another prime spot. This close-up, you get the full force of the sound effects too. Spectators can purchase tickets online through the Admission group, or on-site to have reserved seats. Reserved seats start at around $32. Access to the site only (no rides), but with good viewing costs around $16.
* Foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Stick to the Montréal side of the St. Laurent river, as it affords a killer view. Take the metro to Papineau and walk to Rue Notre Dame and Avenue De Lorimier.
*The Jacques Cartier Bridge is closed to traffic on fireworks night and makes a great vantage point (remember not to drive your car!). Access is from Avenue De Lorimier by heading NW.
* Longueil Metro station. A free little patch of green outside the metro exit faces the city and is pretty close to the fireworks too (follow the folks with the lawn chairs!).
* The Auberge du Vieux-Port. This classic hotel has an amazing rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of Old Montreal and the Saint Lawrence River. Open from May to September.
*Sky Pub in the gay village has a huge rooftop terrace. You’ll get a great view of the fireworks, and the hot guys. (Be sure to sport your bathing trunks, since the terrace also features a hot tub!).
*Mount Royal summit. Ok, so you’re not really supposed to wander the parks at night. But the main summit on Mount Royal affords a spectacular view of the river and the show. You’ll get a full panorama of the downtown too.