Free Montreal / Montréal gratuit

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Museum Day at Maison St Gabriel: crafty ladies make traditional ceintures fléchées. Photo: Patricia Maunder

History has been a lifelong interest of mine, so it didn’t take me long to discover Montreal’s annual free Museums Day when I moved here. While enjoying the 2016 edition the other day, I was reminded what a great gift to the city it is, and also thought about the many other free things on offer. From guided walks to park life, festivals to fireworks, there is so much to do and see in Montreal that doesn’t cost a bean, whether you’re a local or a visitor. Step this way to discover some of the best.

I’m happy to pay to see cultural artefacts, but May’s Museums Day is a great way to save money and also get motivated to check out places I haven’t yet made a beeline for. It couldn’t be easier as there are regular, free shuttle buses to all the venues, where there are often special things to experience on this already wonderful day. Continue reading

Hot in Montreal: 5 of the best / Chaud à Montréal: 5 des meilleurs

2013 jazz fest. Photo: Patricia Maunder

2013 jazz fest. Photo: Patricia Maunder

It’s been a while since my previous post, but summer in Montreal has so much going on it’s difficult to find time to blog about it! Sunny days and balmy nights are made for doing things outdoors, including attractions that only operate during the warmer months, and so many festivals they positively collide. I could easily provide a list of 100 fantastique things to do in Montreal at this time of year, but here are five not-to-be-missed good times – from getting drenched by the city’s mighty rapids, to the world’s biggest jazz and comedy festivals. Continue reading