Beginning Saturday, June 30th the Montreal skyline ignites with a remarkable palate of colours. The 2012 international fireworks competition, L’international des feux Loto Quebec, gets rolling with Japan’s contribution: Hanabi, described as “a thousand-year old pyrotechnic art tradition reinvented.” The display starts at 10pm and tickets are still available; though, like most Montrealers you may prefer strolling through the city, seeking out your own vantage point and watching the spectacle for free. There are several public perches to choose from—here’s just a few:
Connecting to Île Saint-Hélène, the bridge closes to traffic on competition nights between 8:30pm and 11:30pm. Expect a crowd of thousands so stop by early for a spot!
The Parc is situated on Île Saint-Hélène (the pyrotechnic display’s launching ground) and offers spectacular views. The area’s also great for a post-spectacle stroll.
Okay, they’re not exactly “free,” but for just a few dollars you can enjoy a refined evening, guaranteed seating (in most cases) and unobstructed views. For only $10 Terrasse sur L’auberge offers all of the above and some delicious cocktails to boot!
Enjoy the second long weekend this month and happy Canada Day!