With the last few days of June dwindling down, it’s time to start planning out your Canada Day schedule in Montreal and the Old Port is making it mighty tough for you to consider other options.
The annual Canada Day Montreal celebration is taking over the Old Port again on July 1, surrounding the Jacques-Cartier Pier with a full day of free activities to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
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From a giant 2,500-piece cake, to a 21-gun salute, the ceremonial raising of the Canadian flag and of course fireworks to cap it all off, the Old Port will be bustling with activities on Monday, July 1.
12 pm – Salute:
The activities start off with a bang, literally, at noon. A cannon shot will go off every 21 minutes from 12 pm onwards at Montreal’s historic Old Port.
1 pm – Flag raising:
At 1 pm, a citizenship ceremony will welcome in new Canadians before the raising of the Canadian Flag, military fanfare, and the singing of our national anthem.
2 pm- Canada Cake:
It’s not often you get to take part in a 2,500-slice cake and at 2 pm, you’ll get your chance as the giant cake is dished out for 30 minutes.
3:30 pm – Canada Tent:
Once guests are caked up, promotional items will be handed out in the Canada Tent as well as a makeup workshop for kids (or a maple leaf tattoo for mom and dad).
8:30 pm – Live music:
A collection of artists will take over the main stage to give the site some music before the fireworks.
The winner of four Juno awards, English native and Montreal bound David Usher will perform with Ludovick Bourgeois, Brigitte Boisjoli, Mélissa Bédard, and KNLO.
10 pm – Fireworks:
Rain or shine, the Bassin Alexandra will light up Montreal’s sky with a beautiful and colourful fireworks show.