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Jazz Fest: What to do between concerts

A favourite summertime happening,  the Montréal International Jazz Festival features more than 650 concerts over eleven days and nights, including 370 free outdoor shows in the buzzing Place des Festivals…but even the most ardent audiophiles have to take a break some time. Why not jazz up your Montréal adventure by checking out nearby sights and attractions? Read on for some stellar ideas…



Stroll around Old Montréal

Visit Old Montréal on foot with Guidatour, whose experienced guides will share the city’s rich history and noteworthy sights, such as the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica. For a post-tour treat, pick up a delectable French pastry at Maison Christian Faure or indulge your sweet tooth at Canadian Maple Delights.

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Sample a Fitz & Follwell Culinary Walking Tour

Saint-Lawrence Boulevard boasts a flavour all its own: north to south, the city’s many cultural communities lend their own special spice to this legendary thoroughfare. Stroll the Main, sampling typical Montréal eats along the way, then stop to admire the murals, shop vintage or enjoy a drink on a terrace.

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Explore Parc Jean-Drapeau

Hop on a bike and zip around the Gilles-Villeneuve race track or cruise the park’s 25-kilometres of paths. While away the hours in a pedal boat or kayak. No equipment? No problem! Bikes, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and Segways are available to rent at the park’s two Écorécréo centres.

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Glide along the Lachine Canal

A National Historic Site, the Lachine Canal boasts impressive cycling paths and prime picnic spots: pick up fine eats at the Atwater Market, then rent a bike from Montréal on Wheels or My Bicyclette and you’re off for a fine day along the riverbank, surrounded by beautiful scenery steeped in history.

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Discover Space for Life

Hurry up and slow down to drink in the arts at the Botanical Garden. Or race a tortoise at the Biodôme. Perhaps listen and lounge at the Insectarium during Musical Siestas and Stopovers, then re-think time at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. You’ll be amazed…naturally.

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Cruise the Saint-Lawrence River

Take in Montréal’s superb cityscape as you float blithely along the Saint-Lawrence River in an elegant glass-panelled watercraft. Croisières AML Cruises and Bateau-Mouche offer a plethora of themed cruises, from family brunch to gourmet dining to historical and even fireworks…definitely the best seat in town!

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Party Montréal Grand Prix style!

The unofficial kick-off to summer, the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada is when international glitterati arrive in jet-set splendour, locals rejoice and tourists experience what the city is all about. F1 fever rages across Montréal in an all-out epidemic where streets…

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What to do off the track during Grand Prix Weekend

F1 action doesn’t just happen on the track – there are things to see, do and experience all weekend long within an arm’s reach of the race. Head up to Little Italy for some Ferrari fun, get in a little…

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Culture and Cuisine during the Jazz Fest

Come June, there is music in the air…thanks to 650 concerts, 370 of which are outside for your al fresco listening pleasure during the Montréal International Jazz Fest! While the Quartier des spectacles literally hums with activity for eleven full…

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