Montréal is a city that loves to celebrate and, in 2017, the island will be more festive than ever, with activities and surprises around every corner.
From east to west, from the mighty St. Lawrence River to the top of Mount Royal, Montréal will be bubbling with activities and celebrations, which will be organized around four major themes: Montréal lights up, Montréal gets moving, Montréal ignites and Montréal reinvents. The projects created for Montréal’s 375th will celebrate Montréal’s effervescent character. At different moments throughout the year, the spotlight will shine on the city’s history, culture, arts, sports, technology and gastronomy, particularly during the major gathering planned for the Fête de Montréal activities on May 17. The aim of the 2017 festivities is to look to the future and capitalize on the enthusiasm and positive energy generated by the celebrations to propel Montréal forward.
The programming was designed to bring people together and showcase the city’s dynamism through, among others, cultural, gastronomic and sports activities. We will highlight Canada’s 150th with the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with a number of projects, including welcoming 50 chefs from different countries and provinces. The 375MTL celebrations were conceived with everyone in mind. There will be activities for all tastes, for 375 days straight.
– Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner for Celebrations for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.
Montréal lights up
Kicking off 375 days of celebrations in December 2016, Montréal buildings, neighbourhoods and public spaces will be sparkling with light to heighten the magic of the season.
Montréal gets moving
Time to get out and play! Montréal’s Nordic energy is the inspiration for an eclectic array of outdoor competitions, sports and recreational activities over four weekends. Great memories and rosy cheeks guaranteed!
Festival season will be sizzling in 2017 as Montréal ignites into celebrations of history, art, music and culture to express our city’s civic pride and rich diversity. From downtown and Old Montréal to neighbourhoods across the island, everyone is invited to take part in free activities, tastings, guided tours and much, much more. Oh, and save some space for birthday cake on the official anniversary of the founding of Montréal on May 17!
As an action-packed year draws to a close, Montréal’s gaze will shift toward the future and to imagining and reinventing the city over the next 25 years. Buoyed by the momentum of the many innovative projects and events created over the year, the 375th anniversary will leave a tangible and lasting legacy for generations to come. Projects like Montréal en histoires truly embody this spirit of exploring our roots while boldly embracing the future.
Source: Tourisme Montreal