Summer in the City: 10 Things to Do in Montreal

You never know what will happen when you know where everyone is going. We’re profiling the hottest events across Canada all season in our new Summer in the City series. Montreal's Janna Zittrer picks her top events for the summer, plus her fave new restaurants and shops.


Between the Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs and jet boating, there’s little wonder why millions of fun seekers flock to Montreal each summer. Fêted for its European flair, the bilingual heart of La Belle Province is also brimming with fabuleux attractions for fashion-loving locals and tourists, too. From French bikinis to flutes of bubbly, this city will having you saying “La vie est belle” whether you’re here for the long haul or just a long weekend.

Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids; Photo Courtesy of vacay.ca

Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids; Photo Courtesy of vacay.ca

These 10 hot spots are must-visit destinations:

1. From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly– Beyond the Icon, until October 6

The actress-turned-royal gets the retrospective treatment with more than 100 objects on display, including testimonials, love letters, film clips, fashions and more.

Address: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West

Cost: $22.95


Erès; Photo by Jimmy Hamelin

2. Erès

The luxe French lingerie brand brings its sexy skivvies and swimwear to Montreal with its first branded boutique.

Address: 396 Laurier Avenue West


La Champagnerie; Photo by Sebastien Roy

3. La Champagnerie

Sabre a bottle of bubbly at this swish new watering hole specializing in all things sparkling wine.

Address: 343 Saint Paul Street East

4. Lio Fratelli

Treat your hands and feet right at the posh mani/pedi spa’s spacious new locale.

Address: 100 Laurier Ave. W.

Cost: $30–$60

Photo Courtesy of Beyonce

Photo Courtesy of Beyoncé

5. Beyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, July 22

Shake your jelly as Queen B performs her greatest hits in show-stopping costumes by the likes of Riccardo Tisci, Kenzo, DSquared2 and Emilio Pucci.

Address: Bell Centre

Cost: $59.50–$267.50

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival; Photo Courtesy of festivalmodedesign.com

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival; Photo Courtesy of festivalmodedesign.com

6. Montreal Fashion & Design Festival, July 31–August 3

With legendary French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as honorary chairman, the four-day public celebration of fashion, design and music is sure to be bigger and better than ever.

Address: McGill College Avenue
Osheaga; Photo Courtesy of Osheaga on Facebook

Osheaga; Photo Courtesy of Osheaga on Facebook

7. Osheaga Music Festival, August 2–4

The three-day music fest will feature Frank Ocean, The Cure, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, to name but a few. Need we say more? (PS: The grounds will be swarming with style-stalking shutterbugs, so dress to impress!)

Address: Parc Jean-Drapeau

Cost: $90 (single-day pass) or $235 (three-day pass)

Aritzia Manhattan interior

Aritzia Manhattan interior

8. Aritzia, August 15

The Vancouver-based brand is finally bringing its contemporary-chic collections to La Belle Province with the opening of three boutiques at Montreal’s Eaton Centre, Carrefour Laval and Fairview Pointe Claire.

9. Montreal Food Trucks

At long last, Montrealers can enjoy street cuisine as the first fleet of roving restaurants in more than six decades takes to the streets.

10. West Elm

Call it the summer of “home chic home,” with the recent opening of this hip housewares store in the ever-booming Griffintown district and the impending arrival of Zara Home at Carrefour Laval this August.

Address: 995 Wellington St.