How to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal, Quebec

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Canadians across their country and around the world celebrate the pride they have in their history, culture and achievements on La Fete du Canada Day or Canada Day.  This occurs on July 1 and these celebrations have been held since 1868.

The main festivities of Canada Day will take place in the Old Port of Montreal, a district steeped in history.  It was by the St. Lawrence River that Paul Chomedey de Maisouneuve, the founder of Montreal, arrived in 1642.  The first French in the area settled nearby.  It is thanks to the port activities that this small settlement became the great international metropolis that Montreal is today.

Located near the Lachine Canal bike paths, several parks and promenades, the Old Port of Montreal is a magical place.  The Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port will be transformed into a huge block party.

La Fete du Canada Day Schedule

Honor Salute

The celebrations will begin with a 21 gun salute to Canada’s birthday.  The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be there.  Take a souvenir photo with them.

1:30 pm

Swearing-in Ceremony

The celebration will continue with the swearing-in ceremony of citizenship for new Canadians

2 pm


Children’s Activities

There’s a giant playground, free play, inflatable games and face painting.

Other Activities

Workshops will be offered in First Nations Discovery and “Draw” Canada.

Parks Canada will be there with a game, On the tracks of wildlife, which is educational and fun.

Canadian stickers, flags and temporary tattoos will be given to attendees.

3 pm


Enjoy the traditional Canadian Day cupcake as mini cupcakes will be distributed to attendees.

3:30 pm


Activities will be shutting down and DJ Hools will be entertaining attendees.

8 pm to 10 pm


Fireworks will light up the night sky with an explosion of colors as the La Fete du Canada Day celebration comes to a close.

10 pm

What to Wear

Many people display their Canadian pride on Canada Day by dressing up in the nation’s colors of red and white.  You can find some great possibilities here.

Visiting Montreal

If you’d like to visit Montreal for the Canada Day celebration, you should consider the following hotels.  You can find some great deals here and discounted rates as low as $107 per night.

If you’re going to be flying to Montreal, you can use the promo code “SUMMER30” to save money on your flight here.