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EXPLORING MONTREAL’S INSECTARIUM

If you think insects are just the neatest things scurrying across this wondrous planet of ours, then the Montreal Insectarium is a place you need to visit. It’s the largest insectarium in North America, so if you find bugs kind of terrifying, then…well, just get over it, because your kids totally want to go.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 1)

While Montreal’s warm weather will continue well into late September, the beginning of September is nevertheless considered the end of summer, just as with most places in the northern hemisphere. But at least summer goes out with a bang here! The St-Laurent Street Fair sees to that, with the main shopping, wining and dining strip closed to cars and open to fun and carousing all weekend. Add to that a film festival, a burlesque festival and plenty of music and art to take the sting out of summer’s end…

END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN MONTREAL

The award for most flagrant misuse of an exclamation point can only go to “Back to School!”, a phrase coined by advertising execs who have managed to forget the bittersweet, oblique pain these last two weeks of summer inflict on school-age kids. So why not give the kids one last hurrah in Montreal this summer before the school bell tolls: get to know nature, play in the park, ride a roller coaster, swim, eat and enjoy these final summer days to the max…

MONTREAL’S CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

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.

THE LION KING MUSICAL ROARS INTO MONTREAL

The Lion King is an award-winning musical, one of the longest-running of all time. It has traversed the globe and finally the dazzling production has made a stop at Place Des Arts in Montreal from August 9 to September 4. Long live the king!

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST

As August is a vacation time for many, whether they’re staying in Montreal or headed to a cottage on its outskirts, the city’s pace slows down somewhat – the festival frenzy of the Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs is replaced by more even-keeled cultural events at the Quartier des Spectacles and plenty of free entertainment outdoors in the parks and streets…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

ROGERS CUP 2011 IN MONTREAL

The Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament, previously known as the Canadian Open, is one of the premiere events on the WTA and ATP tours and has been held since 1881, making it the third oldest tennis tournament in the world (after Wimbledon and the US Open). The men and women’s events alternate between Toronto and Montreal- this year Montreal plays hosts to the men and is presenting a special award to the legendary Jimmy Connors…

THE LEGENDARY PIKNIC ELECTRONIK

The legendary (nay, the infamous) summer event that hardly needs an introduction, Piknic Electronik, goes down every Sunday from May 22 to September 25…