When to Go in Montreal

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Montreal is an active city that constantly has events and festivals going on throughout the year. There are also a great mix of both winter and summer sport activities. The main season that you should avoid is simply the season with the most tourists, which is from late May to early September. High prices, competition for places to stay, crowding, and little room for relaxation make the tourist season a pain for anyone wanting to have an enjoyable and peaceful vacation to the city. Around Christmas and the New Year is also a busy time.

The best times to go are in March, April, October, and November, as these times are considered the low season and things will be cheaper and less hectic. In April, the spring flowers all begin to come out and bloom, and Montreal sees more and more sunshine. There are also various outdoor events that take place and walking around the city is a pleasure. The Canadian Maple trees, along with other native trees, display their bright colors during October and November, making a visit to Montreal during those months a fantastic visual experience. 

Spring and Summer

Spring is short in the city; it lasts only from the middle of May to the middle of June. This is when the weather changes quite dramatically from harsh snow and ice to warm breezes, rain, and sun. If you visit during this season, take your umbrella and a jacket. Summer, from mid-June to mid-September, is hot and humid. The humidity is higher than surrounding areas because of Montreal's close proximity to the St. Lawrence River. July and early August can bring some intense heat waves; luckily, the temperatures drop at night to more pleasant levels. These seasons are very nice for strolling along the quaint, Old European looking streets of Montreal. Boating, biking, rollerblading, and window shopping are all common summer activities. Outdoor concerts and theater events are also popular.

Autumn and Winter

Autumn, from September to October is quite warm, as well, but nighttime temperatures can get rather chilly. The leaves begin to change into their brilliant fall colors. This season is short, but enjoyable, with comfortable temperatures and not too much rain. Winter, which sometimes seems to come early, cutting into the end of autumn, is harsh but beautiful. It transforms Montreal into a magical world of ice and snow. You can depend on snow for skiing in the Cantons-de-l'est, Charlevoix, and the Laurentides. Enjoy a sleigh ride with your family, sledding, or ice skating. Even though winter is cold, it's still not a bad time to visit due to all the winter attractions.    

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