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3 ‘Cool’ Places to Chill in Montreal this Summer

Updated on July 7, 2011

Lots of things to do in Montreal this summer!

Montreal is one of the world’s most popular festival destinations. Every summer the city streets and parks are transformed into exciting, outdoor venues for art, live music, comedy and prestigious international sporting events. Some of the most popular of these festivals include the International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, the Canadian Grand Prix and the Montreal International Fireworks Competition. One drawback of Montreal summers, other than the traffic, is the heat and humidity. Here are some great alternate summer destinations where you can take a break from the heat and chill out this summer.

The Beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau
The Beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Montreal Folk Festival
Montreal Folk Festival

Montreal Folk Festival

In its fourth year, this is Montreal’s newest music festival. A must for folk and bluegrass lovers everywhere, this festival grows in popularity with each new edition. This year’s program includes four days of some of the best French and English folk music around. The festival also has workshops with plenty of activities for the kids. Great music is matched only by the festival’s location at the St. Ambrose Terrace. The terrace is located behind the McAuslan Brewery which straddles a bike trail on the banks of the historic Lachine Canal. Find sun shelter under an umbrella on the patio, and enjoy cold draft beer while you take in some great performances. This year’s festival opens with John Sebastian, renowned songwriter and founder of the influential folk group, the Lovin’ Spoonful.

The Beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau

When the summer heat hits in force, it’s time to hit the beach. Yes, there are beaches in Montreal! If you are tired of chlorinated pools, head down to the beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ile Notre-Dame. Pitch your umbrella, set up your folding chairs or spread out your blanket and enjoy a cool, refreshing dip with your family. Afterwards, you can rent a paddle boat, kayak or canoe to explore the length and breadth of this man-made lake. The Parc also has a first-class aquatic complex with three pools including a gradual-slope pool for the little ones.

The Candi Bar

O.K. this outing is definitely not for the kids. But, the colorful décor with its candy theme and sweet, slush-like drinks are sure to bring out the kid in you. The bar offers ten themed drinks to choose from all served in tall cone-shaped glasses. Your drinks arrive decked with candy trimmings such as candy necklaces, gummy bears or worms depending on your choice. The fun vibe is enhanced by the Mega Bloks bar, candy machines, leggy purple bar stools, and unusual bathroom furnishings.

Montreal has many great venues where you can beat the heat. No doubt you will find more of them as you discover make your way around this festive city.

Candi Bar
Candi Bar

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