Old architecture at dusk on street in Old Montreal in Canada

Magical Memories in Montreal

In honor of its 375th anniversary, Montréal electrifies in the most amazing ways.

Montréal is especially intriguing this summer. “Poetic” and “surreal” are the words being used to describe the displays at “Montréal AVUDO,” a summer-long show in the Old Port of Montréal. Catch one of 100 free multimedia performances that merge brilliant light shows, live music, dancing water and 3D projections to honor the waterway that defines Montréal’s past, present and future.

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The iconic Jacques Cartier Bridge, connecting Montréal Island to Longueuil, got a kaleidoscopic upgrade with the new “Living Connections” lighting installation. Illuminated colours subtly evolve to align with the seasons, while weather and traffic influence the lighting patterns, breathing new life into the bridge’s 20th-century design. For 11 months out of the year, the stone walls and cobbled streets of Old Montréal transform every evening into a canvas to celebrate 375 years of Québécois history. “Cité Mémoire” is a project that invites you to hear the stories of characters relating their firsthand accounts of Montréal’s evolution through a tableau of words, music and projected images.

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Pay homage to the city’s international culinary influences. All you have to do is take a walking tour to discover the many flavours of multicultural neighbourhoods: taste dumplings in Chinatown, sample custard tarts in Little Portugal and claim a sidewalk table in Little Italy’s charming cafés. Montréal’s festive air is sure to leave an impression on you this year.

Ready to make some magical memories yourself? For more trip ideas, thoughts or insights before booking your next vacation, talk to a travelcuts expert first!

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