Just when you thought festival season was over (and indeed the city has calmed down a lot), comes the mellowest and most maritime of all Montreal festivals: The Montreal Classic Boat Festival.
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The Belvü, a swanky yacht, docked in Old Montreal is the kind of craft only the very well-off ( and their friends ) usually get to visit . Except that this handsome embarcation is made accessible to anyone looking for a glammed- up, Miami Vice- style nautical experience .
Remember those gorgeous, sleek, low, wooden boats that whipped by in the movies? Ladies usually wore a Hermès scarf and big Jackie Kennedy sunglasses. The men drove the boat. You’ll be able to see 80 of these classics at the Festival du Bateau Classique in the Old Port (McGill and de la Commune Streets) of Montreal, from August 20th through the week-end.