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10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Your 2015 Halloween guide to ghoulish good times in Montréal

Montréal is a ghost town. No, really. Spectres and spooks, shades and wraiths: whatever your flavour of phantom, Montréal comes alive in the spirit of the dead when it comes to Halloween. Indeed, there’s no shortage of Halloween hijinks in Montréal again this year, so let the following be your guide to the many tricks and treats being offered. For the little monsters The 30th edition of The Great Pumpkin Ball, at Montreal’s Space for Life (comprised of the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Gardens and Planetarium, which are hosting many Halloween-themed events), is in full celebratory swing at the Botanical Gardens. Esmeralda the witch watches over the 800-plus decorated pumpkins, and invites curious munchkins to check out her giant new hat house and other activities. The Great Pumpkin Ball takes place daily, 9 am to 9 pm, until November 1. The most frightening real-life vampires for many, spiders are also among the most fascinating. Fearsome and amazingly diverse hunters, the Insectarium will be putting the spotlight on these incredible creatures this Halloween season as part of a daily guided activity, until November 1. Partake in pumpkin treats with all the animals of the Biodôme. Visitors are invited to see how mammals,… / Read More →

5 Places to Watch the Fireworks in Montréal

From July 1 to August 1, Montréal hosts a month of explosive airborne entertainment. Running since 1985, the International Montréal Fireworks Festival (a.k.a., L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is the biggest of its kind in the world. Every Saturday and alternating Wednesday nights during the month of July (plus a closing finale on August 1), the skies above Île Sainte-Hélène light up with impressive pyrotechnical displays from competing countries. For the eight colourful nights you won’t want to miss, we’ve searched the skies and assembled five prime locations that offer a VIP view of the show. LA RONDE Get your fireworks fix straight from the source. Held at Montréal’s famed amusement park, La Ronde, there’s no getting closer to the action than taking the Métro over (well, under) the river to Île Sainte-Hélène. La Ronde offers waterfront stadium seating to the event with tickets starting at $65*, which include full-day access to the park and its rides. With a single admission to La Ronde costing $62 on any day of the week, this combo ticket is a steal. A significant portion of the fireworks display is only seen from the ground, and there’s nothing like experiencing the synchronized musical accompaniment first-hand…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 22 to 28

It’s hopping in town this week – between C2MTL, Museums Day, MUTEK and Festival TransAmériques, our schedules are already full! But with the weather the way it is, it’s essential to take a chill pill and hang out in the sun a bit too. Culture corner It’s Museums Day! This Sunday, May 24, all museums and most cultural institutions in the city of Montréal offer free entry, plus shuttle buses along five different trajectories to take you from one to the other. It’s the best way to explore areas off the beaten track. Two shows launch at TOHU this week: Les Étinceleurs, which runs from May 26 to June 7, a high-octane show featuring the best and brightest of the National Circus School, and L’Art de la Fugue, starting on May 27 and running until June 7, which is an homage to Bach, à la circus. Not to be missed! May 23 is your last chance to catch Death and the Maiden by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, a choreography by Stephan Thoss inspired by the Franz Schubert score of the same name and presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve. (Don’t miss the free pre-show talk hosted by Shelley Pomerance an hour before… / Read More →

Things to Do with Kids this Spring and Summer in Montréal

With so much going on in Montréal during the warm-weather months, it’s easy to experience the best of the city through the eyes of children – free outdoor activities, indoor entertainment and much more keep everyone amused. Parks and Rec Run and play in Mount Royal Park mere minutes away from downtown, featuring children’s playgrounds and wading pools, picnic grounds, walking and cycling trails, paddle boat rentals at Lac aux Castors and an incredible view of the city and beyond from the top of the mountain. A short Métro ride from downtown, Parc Jean-Drapeau boasts a huge amount of green space, an outdoor pool, a lake and sandy beach, the Biosphere ecological museum, a view of the city, flower gardens, and summer events such as July’s Week-ends du Monde. Next to the Parc Jean-Drapeau is Six Flags’ La Ronde, open all summer long, with plenty of rides just for kids and families – in July, kids who can stay up a little later will love the L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks competition on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Find the best swing set in the city in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles: the 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) art installation and instrument… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: October 31-November 6

It’s Halloweeeeeen! As if you haven’t already been celebrating all week. Take a break from the candy to read what else is going on in the city these days. Food, theatre, music – it’s all around you…

Halloween in Montreal for Children

The only thing one need fear about Halloween in Montreal is not having enough time to take in everything that’s on offer in the lead-up to the scariest day of the year, especially when it comes to family-oriented activities ideal for the little monsters that haunt your own house…

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

Things to do this fall in Montreal

A veritable feast of seasonal events and activities make the fall in Montreal as vibrant as the colours on the slopes of Mount-Royal, whose already spectacular vistas and views take on an extra sensory resonance at this time of the year. But before heading there, there are some other essential stops along the way…

What to expect from l’International des Feux Loto-Québec

For three decades, Montreal’s citizenry have been subjected to rolling explosions, fiery night-sky flashes and the lingering smell of gunpowder throughout the summer months, though the only battle being waged is between the many pyrotechnics companies representing various countries at the annual L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks competition…