Hot Summer Nights
Montréal, Québec
Hot jazz hits the streets of Montréal in summer, a time of back-to-back festivals, biking routes along shaded canals, lingering at sidewalk cafes and Latin fun under the Francophone sun.

Unleash your inner joie de vivre

Sip café au lait on a terrace in trendy Le Plateau, Little Italy or Old Montréal where horse-drawn carriages clip-clop across the cobblestones. Dance under the stars at the Jazz Festival, joke around the Just for Laughs Festival and spend Sundays at Mont Royal Park learning to drum a “tamtam”.

Pedal, paddle and pick up a peach

Hop on a bicycle to prowl Montréal’s 350 kilometers of bike paths through parks and beside the St. Lawrence River. Paddle a kayak along the calm waters of the historic Lachine Canal. Browse the city’s culturally diverse public markets for a farm-fresh lunch.

Daytrip to the Laurentians, a chic rural retreat

Wind through the Laurentian Mountains to walk through lakeside forests that turn Technicolor in fall. Tee off at one of the Montréal region’s 140 golf courses. Then dine on fresh local cuisine prepared by an award-winning French chef in a quaint country auberge.

If you have one week, head to the countryside

Check into a country inn in the Eastern Townships. Sample cheeses made by monks at a monastery. Get to know folks as you explore the Wine Route, sipping ice wines and luscious frozen ice ciders. Go antiquing in historic villages. Linger over roasted local Lac-Brome duck in a cozy bistro.