Things To Do in Montreal for Canada Day

Things To Do in Montreal for Canada Day

Montreal’s Old Port is the place to be for official Canada Day celebrations. La fete du Canada, as it is known in Quebec, is a full day of events and activities with something for everyone. The annual festivities draw thousands to the area. This year’s theme is Come Dance and Celebrate Canada Day in Montreal.

Here is the official schedule of events for Monday, July 1, 2013:

1. Canada Day Parade

The parade officially starts at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine at 11 a.m. and ends at Place du Canada, at the corner of Peel and René-Lévesque.

Fort and Ste. Catherine

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

2. Birthday Cake

A huge cake measuring 1.22 metres by 2.44 metres (4' by 8') is served. It is estimated to feed up to 2,500 people so get there early if you want a piecee. Free coffee and iced coffee will also be served.

Place du Canada

12:30 p.m.

3. Live Shows and Activities

The afternoon then proceeds with live shows, concerts and more, including a colorful dragon dance courtesy of Montreal's Chinese community. There will also be inflatable games for kids on site. Learn and dance Zorbas, Cab Driver, Electric Slide, Tortuga, Ques Queno, Techno Latino, Electro Salsa and Zumba on a huge floor that can accommodate 500 people.

Place du Canada

1 – 8 p.m.

4. Concert

Free outdoor concert featuring Maïa Leïa, Dominique Hudson and the Show Discothèque.

Place du Canada

8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

5. Fireworks

Fireworks top off the day’s events. The skies over the Montreal Old Port will light up to the music of various Canadian recording artists on the theme ""Dancing on the docks"".

Montreal Old Port *rain or shine

10:15 p.m. (8 minutes)