Ring in the New Year!

A lot of people are asking themseves what they’re going to do on the night of December 31, 2012 in order to welcome the New Year. It might be easy to plan for Montrealers but quite a few of our EC Montreal international students  actually asked us the  question. In answering them the first thing that comes to mind is the New Year’s Grand Ball at the Old Port. For its 9th edition, Old Montreal’s Extravaganza and the Old Port of Montréal unite forces to create what promises to be THE EVENT of the year! On the evening of December 31st, the New Year’s arrival will be celebrated once again at the very animated Place Jacques-Cartier. As usual, shows will take over the stage! The Final Countdown will take place on Monday, December 31st, at 23:59:50 .  About 40,000 people attend the Old Port’s Grand Bal du Nouvel An so be ready for a crowd And keep in mind it is free for all ages!!! If you are willing to spend some money you can check out www.clubzone.com for infinite options of saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming 2013!        

Magical Night in Old Montreal!

Friday night is date night for my husband and I.  Every Friday we try out different resaurants or bars around the city.  Last Friday, my husband informed me that one of his colleagues is from Italy and new to the city and doesn’t know many people.  He has only been in Montreal for 10 days.   He asked if we could take Daniele along on our date night.  We decided to take Daniele to Old Montreal.  We had dinner in a pub on St. Paul’s street.  The pub had an open concept.  There are trees growing inside the pub and there is no ceiling.  There are birds flying around the restaurant.  We are inside but we get the feeling we are dining “al fresco”.  It was delightful!  Daniele was so impressed.  He kept saying “wow, this is cool”. After dinner, we took a stroll along the Old Port.  The view of Montreal’s skyline was in the background and in front of us were docked yahts and speed boats.  The Diver Cité festival was in full swing and there were live electronic bands performing.  Across the river, on Parc Jean Drapeau, we could hear the concerts taking place at the Osheaga festival.  We could see the lazer light show and hear the bands playing.  It looked like quite the party out there! While we were making our way along the port, we could see all different types of people enjoying the beautiful summer evening.  They were having picnics with wine and fancy sandwiches and cheeses.  It was absolutely lovely!  Daniele was so impressed – and we were so proud to show off our city! The night ended with the last firweworks exhibition.  The sky lit up with the most amazing firweworks.  It was spectacular!  When the show ended everyone applauded and all the … Read more

Canada Day Festivities in Montreal

July 1st is Canada Day! Make it your celebration! From the Pacific to the Atlantic, across six time zones, millions of Canadians will be celebrating the 145th anniversary of Canada on Sunday, July 1st. Canada Day will take on many forms in Montréal and, aside from its grand events planned in the Old Port, festivities will also take place in many other neighborhoods, parks and streets of Montréal. Make it your celebration! Excellent for family gatherings, the docks in the Old Port of Montréal will overflow with all sorts of activities taking place throughout the entire day! Do not miss the official ceremonies, the musical events featuring local artists and the fireworks display in the evening!   Check out the following link for the full schedule of activities:  http://www.canadadaymontreal.org/schedule.html

Clock Tower Beach @ the Old Port

The Old Port’s new hot spot! Located a short distance from the historical district, the Old Port of Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. There is also a bar where you can meet with friends over a drink and a bite late into the evening. Located at the foot of the Clock Tower, the Old Port’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all Old Port attractions.