The French expression bon vivant refers to someone who simply loves life to the fullest. The spirit of Montréal is bon vivant personified. Between its youthful student population (second largest in North America) and cultural diversity, Montréal has mastered the art of breathing life into its vibrant cityscape.
Perhaps the best way to tap into Montréals bon vivant spirit is through its festival calendar. Depending on who you ask, the city is host to as many as 60 festivals a year. Thats five a month! Our citys penchant for festivalsis such an integral part of its identity that we devoted an entire chunk of our downtown core, le Quartier des spectacles, to hosting these massive shindigs.
Naturally, some festivals are more renowned than others. Both the International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs, in June and July respectively, immediately spring to mind, drawing not only millions of visitors but also thousands of world class performers. Theres also Les FrancoFolies, another summer music festival that is fast-becoming a global epicentre of French arts and entertainment.
So weve got our summer festivals pretty much covered now what about those less forgiving months when les Montréalais trade the sunshine in for snow? Thats where Montréal en Lumière (Montreal Highlights Festival) comes in, a two-week showcase of the citys wondrous, wintery metropolis. Having first kicked off in February 2000, the event has since evolved into a non-stop party. The festivities revolve around an epic Nuit Blanche, an all-night citywide party that includes live DJs, fine dining, stunning art installations and countless activities to keep you nice and toasty. Did we mention the 360-foot outdoor slide?
Jumpstreet never misses Montréal en lumière, and this year wed love for you to join us! If youre only a few hours drive away, our action-packed 2-day Lumière student travel program is just the ticket to get you and your class trips in the thick of it.
Visiting from further away? No sweat! Were more than happy to customize an itinerary especially for your needs, incorporating the wildness of Montréal en lumière with an extended visit of Québec.
Photo courtesy of Montréal en Lumière.