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Summer Things to do in Montreal

Summer Adventures, Activities & Events in Montreal

Summer is maybe the BEST time of year in Montreal. The city cleans up nicely and puts on festival after festival. Here are a few of the best of the best.

Montreal Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival

There's is a huge range of AMAZING groups featured in this festival, and most of the events are FREE!

International Jazz Festival of Montreal

Just for Laughs - Montreal

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

Again, many activities are FREE. And while some of the acts are more amazing then funny, it's a huge hit every summer.

Just for Laughs

Beach at Jean-Drapeau Montreal


The beach is a summer classic. And swimming at this clean beach is one of summer's little pleasures.

Parc Jean-Drapeau

Inline Skating Montreal

Roller Blading and Biking the Lachine Canal

Rent some roller blades at a nearby park and enjoy one of Montreal's trails. Or bike the Canal. Go for ice cream after.

You can rent roller blades at: Rene Levesque

Montreal International Fireworks Competition

International Fireworks Competition at LaRonde

LaRonde has incredible fireworks!!! Best free place to watch is along the river south of Papineau metro. Follow the people.

International Fireworks and LaRonde

Theatre in the Parks - Montreal

Theatre in the Parks

Bring a blanket or fold up chair and curl up to a wonderful performance on a warm summer night.

Theatre in the Parks

Paddle Boating in Montreal


At Beaver Lake, Jean Drapeau, or the Old Port, paddle boating is a gentle way to spend an afternoon.

Mont Royal

Kayaking & Canoeing around Montreal

Kayaking and Canoeing

If you can't get out of the city for this, try Jean Drapeau or kayak on the Lachine Canal.

Kayak Lachine Canal or Jean Drapeau


St. Sauveur Waterpark (Out of Town)

A local secret - a phenominal waterpark with adult (thrilling) rides in a village PACKED with AMAZING restaurants.

St. Sauveur

Montreal Windsurfing

Wind Sports: Windsurfing or Sailing

One of my very favorites... In the city, it is easiest to rent equipment and try it out at Jean Drapeau.

Parc Jean-Drapeau

Camping near Montreal

Camping at La Mauricie National Park (Out of Town)

Get outside! A beautiful park for canoeing. Have a bay to yourself for a swim, listen to loons, or watch a sunset.

Review of La Mauricie National Park

Pow-Wow Montreal


For a taste of music, dance, and culture, head out to a local pow-wow. Details in newspapers during summer.

Visit Jean Talon Market

Glorious local foods in beautiful abundance. If you love food, you will think you're in heaven.

7070 Henri-Julien St, Metro Jean-Talon

Carifiesta Montreal


A gorgeous parade with incredible costumes followed by a festival with food and drink...

Carifiesta Parade

F1 Montreal

Grand Prix Formula 1 Racing

At the races and at the Crescent Street parties, everyone is car-crazy during Formula 1.

Formula 1 Races and Crescent Street Party

Fete National / St. Jean Baptiste Day in Montreal

Fete National or St. Jean Baptist Day

With a parade, performances and festivities, this is a great day to celebrate Quebec's culture.

Fete National

Montreal Old Port

Visiting the Old Port

Performances, patios, flowers, boats, bikes and beauty... find out what the tourists are talking about.

Quays of the Old Port

Strawberry Picking Montreal

Berry Picking

It's tasty, healthy, and fun. (Well, healthy until you buy some baked treats...)

Strawberry Picking Farm

Montreal Tam Tams

Tamtams on Mount Royal

A Sunday afternoon spent drumming, dancing, and visiting the hippy market.... and it's all FREE!

Our Review and Photos of Montreal Tam Tams

foam fighters

Watch the Medieval Foam Fighters

The most bizarre event in Montreal. Jaw-droppingly weird.
Our Review and Photos of Medieval Foam Fighters


Adventure and Activities near Montreal

La Mauricie National Park of Canada Review




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