Montreal is truly a city that never sleeps. There are always incredible events to enjoy, fine food to eat, beautiful views to admire, cobblestone streets to explore and hills to climb. Make the most of it this summer with these must-do Montreal activities.
Hike Mount Royal
Montreal can get incredibly cold in winter, so when its famously hot summers arise it's time to get out and enjoy the outdoors and the heat while it lasts. A must is taking a hike up Mount Royal. It's a great way to exercise and enjoy a spectacular view from its lookouts. Hike up to the Mount Royal Chalet to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, a snack and a bathroom break.
Groove to the tam tams
If you've got rhythm, you owe it to yourself to check out the tam tams on Mount Royal. This free festival on Sundays (near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier) brings together drummers, dancers, vendors and spectators who groove together to a funky beat.
Do brunch on a terrasse
The quintessential meal you need in your Montreal life is brunch. From bagels to benedicts, this city does brunch to the fullest. Summer is terrasse (patio) season, so if you can combine the two you can get the best of both worlds. A few spots to visit include Arthurs Nosh Bar, Maggie Oakes, Ruby Cafe, Bar George and L'Avenue.
Laugh at JPR
One of the highlights of Montreal's summer festivals is Juste Pour Rire (Just For Laughs). This festival attracts the world's best comedians who perform for packed audiences. It's a barrel of laughs and a Montreal summer must-do!
Listen to great jazz
Another summer festival highlight is the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This year's event features 350 concerts across the city with big and lesser known names in the headlines.
Quebec is known for poutine and Montreal has some of the best in the province. Be sure to try Montreal's best poutines. It's particularly delicious after a big night on the town.
Paint the (old) town red
Warm weather in Montreal demands a visit to Old Montreal. This area is a dream to explore with charming cobblestone streets and beautiful heritage architecture. Spend an afternoon or evening wandering around and settle in for a meal in a charming restaurant or a drink on a terrasse.
We hope these tips help you explore Montreal this summer!