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Five Free Things to Do in Montreal this Labour Day Weekend

Written by E-QIP on August 30, 2018

Although this coming Labour Day weekend marks the last days of the summer holiday (and the unofficial “last weekend of the summer”) for many, the opportunities to reap the benefits of a Montreal summer are far from over. Autumn may be just around the corner, but with temperatures soaring above 30° this week, many Montrealers are poised to squeeze every last drop of fun and excitement from the summer season this weekend. Here are five ways to do just that. Bonus: in the event that previous summer fun has depleted the contents of your wallet, these activities are all free!

Walk up Mount Royal

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Nothing is more quintessential to Montreal than the climb up its namesake: Mount Royal. Nestled in the middle of the city, this easy hike is a perfect escape from the city streets, not to mention a chance to view it all from above. Grab some friends and wander up the wooded paths and hang out on the famous overlook at the top.

Enjoy a beer in the park


Montreal, unlike other large Canadian cities, has a special “Picnic Law” that allows park-goers to drink alcohol in the open air (under certain conditions). So long as the festivities include a meal, Montrealers are allowed to consume their favourite alcoholic beverage in public parks. While what constitutes a “meal” is subjective, suffice it to say that a granola bar or bag of chips probably won’t cut it. Perfect reason to take advantage of all of Montreal’s food scene “pour emporter” (to go)!

Get a breath of fresh air at the Jardins Gamelin

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The area of Quartier des spectacles is a cultural centre all year round, but it comes to life especially in the summer. From May to September, Place Émilie-Gamelin is filled with the events of Jardins Gamelin: everything from musical performances to dance classes to beautiful gardens and food. Nothing better than this to add to your evening stroll.

Unwind at an outdoor pop-up space

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From June 1st to September 15th, the Village au Pied-du-Courant is open (and free) for the public, hosting events that explore design, culture, and community. An open space with gardens and a boardwalk “village” on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, guests can make the most of live music, artisan markets and more.

Take in the crowds at Tam-Tams 

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If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Le Tam-tams du mont Royal, an ever-popular weekly drum circle, and gathering of dancers, vendors, and admirers. Taking place every Sunday until the end of September at the base of the Mount Royal (near the George-Étienne Cartier monument, although it’s unlikely you’ll miss the crowd if you’re in the area), the laid-back crowd and free entertainment of the “Tam-Tams” is a longstanding, can’t-miss part of Montreal summers.


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