11 places to watch Canada Day fireworks in Montreal

Jun 27 2018, 8:27 pm

Our gorgeous country turns 151 on July 1 and there will be a fair share of fireworks filling up Montreal’s skies to help us all celebrate.

Whether you want to be surrounded by tons of people on the island or you want something a little bit more secluded, Montreal and its surrounding neighbourhoods have a bunch of firework options for you and your family to choose from.

Sunday is slated to be a very hot, even at night – Mother Nature really will put the fire in fireworks. So, be sure to have plenty of refreshments and get comfortable, here’s a guide to help you plan your own Canada Day extravaganza.

Old Port

The same venue that hosts Montreal’s yearly International Fireworks Competition (L’International des Feux Loto-QuĂ©bec) puts on quite a show by hosting a gorgeous fireworks display right over the Saint Lawrence River. Gather at any of the Old Port’s spectacular restaurants, bars, or cafes or find a spot on the pier and join thousands of people gawking at the Old Port’s Canada Day fireworks.

Where: Montreal’s Old Port
When: The Old Port is open all day
Fireworks: 10 pm

 Village au Pied-du-Courant

Montreal’s urban beachside village is a trendy and entertaining spot to catch the fireworks.  It offers a breathtaking view of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and part of the Saint Lawrence River. Head to the man-made beach town and enjoy food trucks, bar kiosks, an art gallery and a garden while the fireworks decorate the night sky right above you.

Where: 2100 Rue Notre-Dame Est
When: 3 pm – 12 am
Fireworks: 10 pm

Jacques Cartier Bridge

Experience a local favourite with a gorgeous vantage point view of the fireworks on the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The bridge is completely closed off to vehicular traffic from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm and invites you to dangle your feet off Canada’s 3rd busiest bridge while taking in the fireworks.

Where: 134 Jacques-Cartier Bridge
When: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Fireworks: 10 pm

La Ronde

Get your fireworks right from the source and experience the fireworks from as close to the launch pad as you can be. La Ronde offers waterfront seats (and food and drinks) at the La Ronde bistro where you can see the fireworks from the launching pad across the water. The synchronized music that accompanies the fireworks plays through La Ronde’s house speakers. It costs money to get into La Ronde but once you’re there, you’re in prime territory. Battle the Goliath during the day and relax to first-hand fireworks at night.

Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: 11 am – 11:30 pm (special Canada Day hours)
Fireworks: 10 pm

Mont Royal Belvédère Kondiaronk Park

You don’t necessarily need to get a close up of the fireworks to enjoy them. Mont Royal BelvĂ©dère Kondiaronk Park is a nice alternative if you don’t mind a bit of a hike and a lengthy view of the fireworks. Plus, you get to see the entire city lit up – especially in gorgeous weather. A 15-minute hike will totally be worth it.

Where: 1196 Voie Camillien-Houde
When: 6 am – 12 am
Fireworks: 10 pm

Parc Jean Drapeau

Spend the day on Montreal’s massive man-made island before settling underneath the fireworks. From the weeping willow trees, the gardens, art exhibitions and casino, Parc Jean Drapeau Island is the closest you’ll get to the fireworks without having to pay.

Where: 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
6 am – 11:30 pm (special Canada Day hours)
Fireworks: 10 pm

Pointe Claire Fireworks

Alexandre-Bourgeau Park in the West Island is hosting a massive Canada Day party for people wishing to escape the city. The park is offering free swimming, a citizenship ceremony, art workshops, free paddleboarding, live music and of course, fireworks.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge from Lake Saint-Louis.

Where: 2 Cartier Ave, Pointe-Claire
When: 2 pm – 10:45 pm
Fireworks: 10:10 pm

Greenfield Park

The South Shore’s festivities take place at Parc Empire in Greenfield Park. The day consists of inflatable games, street performers, trapeze and juggling workshops, 3D street painting, kite demonstrations, and music.

The park also light up a massive fireworks display for most of the South Shore to witness by the Royal Pyrotechnie. Royal Pyrotechnie has been in the fireworks business since 1966 and performs over 300 fireworks shows per year

Where: 195 Rue Empire, Greenfield Park
When: 2 pm – 11 pm
Fireworks: 9:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Terrasse sur l’Auberge

Terrasse sur l’Auberge is the rooftop terrace to beat in all of the Old Port. Sit on a stylish rooftop terrace located in the heart of the Old Port overlooking the Saint Lawrence River as the skyline ignites with colour.

A $25 cover is charged per person and you might want to reserve early as the 100-person terrace fills up quickly. Also, expect some marriage proposals, it’s that gorgeous.

Where: 97 de la Commune St Est
When: 2 pm – 11 pm
Fireworks: 10 pm

Complexe Sky

Drag queens, hot tubs, cocktails, a terrace and fireworks all at the same spot.

Sky is a fixture in Montreal’s Gay Village and the terrace of the three-floored party palace offers a clear view of the fireworks from the East and it’s free to enter. What could pair better with skyline explosions than a drag show, a hot tub, and gigantic pitchers of sangria?

Where: 1478 Rue Saint Catherine Est
When: 2 pm – 12 am
Fireworks: 10 pm

Au Sommet Place Ville Marie

Experience Montreal’s fireworks from the tallest vantage point in the city. Montreal’s viewpoint atop the Place Ville Marie summit gives you a 360-degree fireworks experience like no other.

Virtually at eye-level, it’s the perfect spot to watch the fireworks explode in mid-air.

General admission ranges from $9 to $19 dependent on age.

Where: 4 Place Ville Marie, Montreal
When: 11 am – 11 pm (special Canada Day hours)
Fireworks: 10 pm

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