Montreal Summertime Festivals

Montreal Must See Festivals

A lively, entertaining city at all times of the year, Montreal, Quebec is famous for the energy and excitement that comes to a vivacious front during the summertime festival season! With an endless list of festivals in all forms and sizes the options can be overwhelming! Book your RV now, and take in these 4 must see Montreal festivals.

The Top 4 Festivals in Montreal

1. L’International des Feux Loto

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition, know as L’International des Feux Loto, is the worlds largest pyrotechnics competition, a brilliant display of rhythmic, explosive sound and beauty. This spectacular event is one of the city’s top attractions, held from June 29-July 27. As the best in the world display their art, rain or shine, capture the experience at the grand stand of La Ronde amusement park at 10pm. Make a day of it by discovering the rides and rollercoasters at La Ronde before the show. You don’t want to miss the most dazzling, vibrant firework display in the world.

Montreal RV Road Trip to Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition
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2. Tam-Tams

Tam-Tams was named to represent the sound of the event, may be one of the largest drum circles in the world! Held every Sunday at the George-Etienne Cartier Monument in the beautiful green spaces of Mount Royal Park, brings thousands of drum players, dancers, vendors, DJs, performance artists, and spectators. The Tam-Tams typically starts around 10:30am and continues until sunset. A little hipster, a little hippie, add some fantasy role players, and you will see this event attracts all types, of all ages, from all walks of life. Bring a blanket, a picnic, a drum or noise maker and settle into the action. This is guaranteed fun for the whole family, and a Montreal must see!

3. Just For Laughs Festival

One of the most famous festivals to hit Montreal every summer is the largest and most prestigious international comedy event in the world: The Just For Laughs Festival. This year marks the 37th anniversary, featuring galas, musicals, theatre, stand up comedians and street entertainment. The festival hosts 1700 artists from 19 countries and over two million spectators from all over the world. With so much to do all over the city, including the food truck villages, interactive art, tonnes of free shows, and crazy décor, just walking around the city is exciting! Make sure you buy tickets to the headliners, and choose your seat carefully or you may be the brunt of many jokes! Join in the festivities as everyone comes together to eat, drink and laugh!

Osheaga Music Festival for your RV Road Trip
Photo credit: Osheaga

4. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is an epic outdoor festival taking place the first weekend of August in Parc Jean-Drapeau. This is Montreal’s top music festival and it’s massive! In 2019, the headlines include the Lumineers, one of hundreds of bands, marrying emerging talent with famous talent new and old. Walk the festival grounds to take in the vast variety of art, including sculptures, graffiti, paintings and abstract art forms. This is a family friendly event, kids under 10 are free. With a plethora of vendors there is a little bit of everything to do as you shop, eat and play your way from stage to stage. The spectacular combination of art, music and excitement make this top Canadian music festival a must see.

Just the tip of the iceberg, rent your RV today, load up the maps of Montreal and get ready to take in some of the best festivals in the world!

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Sites to See in Quebec

Quebec sightseeing on your next travel adventure

Quebec is rich in culture, scenery, and yummy food. Wander through the historic sites of Old Quebec, partake in a food tour, have an afternoon of relaxation in Montreal’s Botanical Gardens or explore roads less travelled. Here are 10 things to get you started on planning your Quebec motorhome trip, enjoy!

Miguasha National Park

If you are interested in fossils and history, this one is for you! Miguasha National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site with a museum and extensive fossils from the Devonian-era, the time-period when marine life started to heading onto land.
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Photo courtesy of : Miguasha National Park

The Historic District of Old Quebec

known for its European-like charm and ambience. Start with walking the quaint cobble-stone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Then head to Chateau Frontenac, Rue Saint-Jean, Place Royal, Parliament Hill, Plain Abraham or Old Port for a taste of cultural history. Within the lower town of Old Quebec, you’ll find Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America.
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Old Quebec

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Place Royale, Town Square Far Right: Notre Dame des Victoires
photo courtesy of KristaKals

Terrasse Dufferin

is a boardwalk in Quebec City offering great views of the St. Lawrence River and Orleans Island. Many benches, restaurants and street performers will compliment your visit. Tour the Chateau Frontenac or simply take in the views. The boardwalk is located above a currently active archaeological site, so check out the old ruins beneath your feet! The funicular (an old railway now used for passengers) takes you down to the Lower Town.

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photo courtesy of: Selbymay

Old Montreal

Old Montreal is a Cultural Heritage site of Quebec. The best way to see Old Montreal is by taking a horse & buggy ride to admire the architecture, then wander on foot or hop on a boat tour. The main street here is Rue de St. Paul which has lots of shops for souvenirs, restaurants and cafes with French pastries.
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Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal

The gothic style church was originally built in 1830. At the time it was the biggest church in North America and carried this title for another 50 years. In 1989 it was designated a National Historic site. The only person buried in the church crypt is James O’Donnell, the main designer. The church is strikingly beautiful on the interior with rare stained glass depicting the history of religion in the area instead of traditional bible scenes.

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Interior of Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

Photo Attribution: By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Mount Royal, Montreal

Mount Royal is an old volcanic mountain turned beautiful scenic park within the city of Montreal. To get to the top where there is a nice resting area you can hike, drive, or cycle, and even count on a paved walkway if you have a stroller!

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Montreal with Mount Royal in the background
Photo Attribution: By Laurent Bélanger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Walking trails on Mount Royal
Photo Attribution: By Matias Garabedian from Montreal, Canada (Au bonheur de l’automne au parc Mont-Royal) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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A place to relax on the top of Mount Royal
Photo Attribution: By Matias Garabedian from Montreal, Canada (Au bonheur de l’automne au parc Mont-Royal) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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View from Mount Royal of Montreal

Space for Life

in Montreal includes the Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Montreal Biodôme, The Montreal Insectarium, and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, making it Canada’s Largest Natural Science Museum complex. This summer, enjoy live music in the gardens every Sunday.

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In front: Montreal Biodome, behind: Montreal Olympic Tower.

Photo Attribution: I, RedAndr [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Montreal museum of fine arts

Visit the world-class Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on a Sunday for free admission.
Currently, (summer 2016) they have a Pompeii exhibit. A few of their collections are Quebec and Canadian Art, Early to Modern International Art and International Contemporary Art. Their past exhibits include; From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, Anne Frank: A History for Today, From Gainsborough to Moore, George S. Zimbel, and many others.

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Laurentian Mountains

Aka Laurentides is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and offers magnificent hiking and outdoor experiences. The two provincial parks in this range are Oka & Mont Tremblant.
Mont Tremblant is the largest national park in the province. With over 1,500 square kilometres there are 400 lakes, six large rivers and many small streams. Needless to say, there is hiking, biking, and high chances of seeing wildlife here. It is only 4 hours from Quebec City and just under 2 hours from Montreal.
Oka is a fraction of the size of Mont Tremblant Park at 23.7 square km. But, being less than an hour from Montreal, the location makes up for that. This is a great day trip if you want to relax by the sandy beach with your family. You can rent kayaks, a canoe, hike/bike one of their trails or just wander through the forest. If you have just picked up your RV and want to unwind in Canada’s nature or if you want to spend one last night in a Canadian park before returning your RV, this is the spot.

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Fall foliage in Laurentian Mountains

Montmorency Falls

Located minutes from Quebec city. They are higher than Niagara Falls though not as wide. Their claim to fame is being the largest waterfalls in Quebec.

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Montmorency Falls

Photo courtesy of: Greymouser

When in Quebec…

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Make sure to try “tire sur la neige”, aka Maple Taffy, a tasty Quebecois desert

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