There’s plenty of things to do in Montreal throughout the year, and here’s our latest top 5 things to do every year if you want to dive in on the local experience.
Watch the Montreal Canadiens hockey team at the Bell Center. They lead the NHL with the most Stanley Cup wins (24) and are on the hunt for that 25th win. As one of the oldest NHL teams, there’s a lot of history and the organisation does well to showcase that outside and inside the Bell Center. On a way to a hockey match walk along the avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal on the east side of the Bell Center to see statues of Montréal’s great hockey players and while making your way to your seat inside look along the walls to get a glimpse of the snapshots of Montreal Canadien club history. Whether the team is on a hot run, or in a rare slump, the seats are always filled by loyalists and for more daring folks, fans of the competition. Plan ahead, and who knows, maybe you’ll get to buy tickets for a rare game against one of the original 6.
Laugh out loud at the Just for Laughs Festival – There’s nothing like a good laugh, and there’s plenty of that during the annual Just for Laughs Festival. The Galas are a chance to see comedy greats as well as those up and coming stars at their best. A lot of shows are filmed for TV, giving a rare glimpse of the behind the scenes experience to the shows you stream or watch on cable. One of the best deals to get is a gala pass. For the base (usually around 99$+ tax), you get a choice of two gala events (that’s at least a site of 10 comedians in total) and then a free ticket every night for about a week. Call up a couple of friends and catch up and laugh it up at the Just for Laughs. For tickets, go to www.hahaha.com.
Dance outside at the Montreal International Jazz Festival – Over hundreds of free outdoor shows await you at about a dozen stages spread around the Quartier des spectacles area in Montreal. That’s just the free shows. Want a more intimate setting? Checkout the indoor shows at the many concert halls in the area. For 38 years Montreal has been and continues to be the place for Jazz artists to come together and perform. Friendly and excited crowds gather day and night during the festival to support known and not so well-known artists for the love of Jazz.
Walk on Mont-Royal – regardless of the weather, you’re always bound to bump into another person on the mountain. During most of the year, walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists hit the mountain for some fresh air. In the months of cooler and nail biting temperatures, expect the footwear and outerwear change to parkas and boots or skis or for those daring to go deep into the woods snowshoes. Like to skate? Head up all the way to Beaver Lake and skate outdoors and under the stars!
Taste Quebec wines under one roof at the Fête des vins – Every fall Quebec’s wine producers gather at the Fête des vins to showcase their latest wines. Of course, it’s always better to have something with the wine, and so expect to see Quebec cheese, meat and bread vendors as well offering you something to go with your wine purchase. It gets pretty crowded after work hours, so try to plan ahead and get there a bit in advance. If you’re lucky you’ll have ample opportunity to meet directly to some owners. While most people expect red or white wines, keep an eye out for Quebec ice and harvest wines.