Montreal Fireworks Festival, also known as L'International des Feux Loto-Québec, is the world’s largest fireworks festival with an audience of around 3 million gathering to watch this summer-long pyrotechnic display. Taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month of July, the festival is a competition between international pyrotechnics companies which each present a 30-minute composition set to music. The winners are awarded trophies known as ‘jupiters’. Last year’s Gold Jupiter went to the Spanish company, Ricasa, which stunned the audience by triggering 15,000 devices complementing the chosen musical piece, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number 1. Join the festivities to see whether Ricasa can take the top spot in 2018.
Montreal Fireworks Festival takes place throughout the month of July in 2018. If you’re planning to attend the festival, you should fly in to Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport which is located around 9 miles west of the city centre. You can get into the city by taking the 747 Express bus or by travelling on one of the shuttle buses which head to downtown. We’d recommend that you book your flights as far in advance as possible as this gorgeous Quebec city has a packed roster of summertime events as is a popular destination in July.
The Festival takes place in La Ronde, a large-scale amusement park on the northern end of Saint Helen Island in Montreal. Watched by the entire city either on lavish rooftop terraces or at high vantage points throughout the city, it’s also possible to buy tickets to see the displays up close and personal. Head to La Ronde just by the Lac des Dauphins and you’ll bag yourself the best viewpoint in town to watch the world’s largest fireworks festival. Tickets are around $50 - $75 but allow you access to all of the amusement park’s rides which you can enjoy for the whole day until the fireworks start at around 10pm.
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If you’re travelling to Montreal for the festival, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in the city, including: Notre-Dame Basilica; Mont Royal; and Montreal Botanical Gardens. If you’re looking for the city’s best bars and clubs, head into the old quarter.
To find out more information about the event, please check out the city’s official website where you’ll be able to view the official schedule for the festival, find out the best vantage points to watch the fireworks and a full list of the participating companies.
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