An exceptional year
According to Montréal’s tourism office, last year was an “exceptional” one. The economic climate in Canada is ripe at the moment and as one of the country’s premier destinations, Montréal reaped in the tourist rewards with one of its biggest years ever in 2015.
For many international visitors enjoying an amazing Canadian holiday, Montréal is a popular and relished stop on their tour of the country. A bilingual city, many consider Montréal to be the cultural heart of Canada.
There are more than 250 theatre and dance companies in the city. There are nearly 100 festivals held each year, and the city is broken up into vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Its hallmark event is the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and is complemented by parties and celebrations dedicated to world cinema, comedy and gay pride.
Montréal gears up for 2017
“Excitement is building around Montréal, particularly as we approach 2017.” said Yves Lalumière, president and chief executive officer of Tourisme Montréal, in a statement to the Montréal Gazette.
2017 is set to be a big year for the city as it will celebrate its 375th anniversary. From the opening ceremony that will light up the city, through to the outdoor activities on offer and celebrations of Montréal’s heritage, it promises to be an unmissable occasion.
Additionally, there will be events marking 150 years of Canada’s Confederation and the 50th anniversary of The World Festival of Art and Entertainment at Expo67. Montréal will also be the proud host of the 2017 World Police and Fire Games, showcasing sports from ice hockey to martial arts.
New attractions in Montréal
New restaurants and bars are constantly popping up thanks to the boom in tourism, from a new retro video game bar in Quartier Latin to a new café in the landmark Montréal Royal Bank Tower. 2015 saw the resident theme park, La Ronde, open two new roller coasters. The acclaimed Wanderlust festival – which moves location around the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts – has chosen Mont Tremblant, just outside Montréal, as a worthy host in 2016.
Whatever your interests, Montréal’s incredible tourism boom is showing no signs of slowing down. $2.9 billion was generated in tourist related revenue in 2015, so there is plenty of room for investment. With so many new attractions and activities in the pipeline for 2016 and 2017, there has never been a better time to visit.