St. Jean Baptiste Long Weekend!

Two special occasions mark this week and both tie into each other quite nicely. Firstly: HAPPY SUMMER! As of today, June 21th, we’re in official warm-weather mode with the Summer Solstice. To top things off, St. Jean Baptiste festivities dot La Belle Province weekend long. The liveliest of Montreal’s seasons only lasts three little months so take advantage of all the goings-on and celebrate this long weekend.

Not sure what to do? A few ideas:

Go to the beach

Yes, the humidity’s killer. Thankfully, the beaches remain open all weekend. Keep cool at Park Jean Drapeau or check out Old Montreal’s newest sandy addition, right by the old Clock Tower!

Throw a St. Jean Baptise Party

Live music, parades and bonfires keep things lively this Fête National, but why not consider throwing a little get together of your own? It’s the perfect occasion to test your cocktail shaking skills and the SAQ has more than a few ideas. Here’s a tip: use Quebec-produced nectars as a source of inspiration (Ungava Gin from Domain Pinnacle is certainly worth a taste as are the province’s many award-winning ciders).

Terrace! Terrace! Terrace!

I know…a vast majority of these posts involve indulging in a drink or three, but seriously, what would a Montreal Summer be without its stellar terraces? We’ve highlighted several this past month; check them out here.

Bargain shopping

Although many shopping centres are closed over the holiday, long weekends mean an abundance of big-city garage sales. With moving day coming up, it’s the perfect time to do some leg work and spot that special find. Also, Chinatown’s Street Sale, running until the 24th, guarantees a couple of gems.

Get Musical

With the St. Ambroise Fringe Fest running until the 24th, keep your ears perked for some live tunes up on The Main. And if classical’s more your bag, don’t miss out on the 10th annual Baroque Festival beginning today with a parade right here in Old Montreal!


At the end of the day, you may just want to put your feet up and do nothing at all. Whatever your itinerary, enjoy the long weekend!

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