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What’s Happening in 2014: For starters, the 15th anniversary ofMontreal En Lumière runs from February 28 to March 2, with several shows, fine dining, family fun and nightlife. One of the largest winter festivals in the world, this event draws more than 900,000 fans and is cherished in Quebec. The music and dining choices at En Lumière will certainly help heat things up in the winter. But Montreal has, and always will be, a city that sizzles in summer. Another big anniversary happening this year in Montreal will really get you jazzed up! The Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 35th editionwith Michael BubléStacey Kent andAlain Lefèvre from June 26 to July 6. If you prefer to groove to the sound of a race car, then buckle up for theGrand Prix Montreal, which will thunder down the streets June 6-8. And if you’re looking for a laugh, look no further than the Just for Laughs Festival from July 12- 31.
Why You Should Go: It’s fun, it’s cheap, it’s delicious, it’s sexy, it’s energetic, it’s hip, it’s beautiful. There’s not much Montreal doesn’t offer tourists. A first-time visitor will be enthralled with the history and vibrant atmosphere, while return visitors will fall head over heels with the place when they discover just how much there is to see and do, no matter if venturing out to the Jean-Talon Market at the north end of the city or exploring the wares at Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal.
Vacay.ca Writer Nancy Wigston says: “The Plateau is the epicentre of Montreal’s resto and cycle culture. Rent wheels at Bixi bike stands (300 in the city) or locally at La Bicycletterie (201 Rachel East). A few nights at the highly rated Casa Bianca B&B(4351 Avenue de l’Esplanade), overlooking splendid Parc Mont Royal makes for a full-immersion Plateau experience. (Don’t miss coffee and fresh pastries at Kouign Amman, 322 Mont-Royal East). At Boulevard St-Joseph, you’ll enter Mile End, Leonard Cohen territory.”