Fun Activities to Celebrate Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

May 17, 2017
Victoria Day weekend

Montréal is turning 375 years old in 2017! Come celebrate the city’s rich heritage, people, places, neighbourhoods as well as history and culture. Pack your bags and head east to rejoice in the city’s major milestone year!

Cité Mémoire
An outdoor projection circuit unfolds throughout Old Montréal evening from dusk until midnight. Discover a cast of characters from the city’s past coming to life on trees and building while strolling around Old Montréal! It is a great way to witness the city’s evolution and learn more about this historic metropolis. On May 10, 2017, four new projection tableaux will be added including Cité Mémoire’s Grand Tableau, an overview of more than 375 years of Montréal’s history projected onto the imposing walls of the Montréal Courthouse.

Montréal, toute une histoire
From May 3rd, 2017, join the historical and fun tour along the St. Lawrence River between the celebrated Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Musée de Lachine using a free mobile app. Enjoy organized games and a series of outdoor panels as part of a stroll to admire the beauty of the shoreline while learning more about the history of the neighbourhoods and the city. The total route of 17km features close to 50 places of interest. This route is also available for people who wish to explore the city by bike.

POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from various art disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partners in 12 unusual Montréal venues once a month throughout the year 2017. The Objective is to provide a platform to up-and-coming artists by inviting them to create new POSSIBLES exploring 12 local issues that arose from discussions with the community. POSSIBLES merges art and civic engagement in a perspective of sustainable development.

A luminous experience in the heart of the Notre-Dame Basilica from March 21st to September 30th, 2017. A path of lights, showcasing the Basilica’s exquisite works and beauty. A unique, three-act multimedia spectacle combines light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture that will transport audiences by AURA. The experience takes place in two parts. First, a series of multimedia installations that highlight the artwork beneath the building’s rood screens. The second, immersive portion of the experience is held at the centre of the Basilica.

Illumination of the Biosphère
The iconic Biosphère will be illuminated every night in a spectrum of colours all year long. The illumination commemorates Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Canada’s 150th and Expo 67’s 50th.  This new lighting will feature gradual changes in colour and intensity that will allow for a continuous transformation of the Biosphere’s façade. These light sequences will subtly and delicately pass from one to the next. Head over to Parc Jean-Drapeau to see the gorgeous light show!

Find tons fun event happening in Montreal today  here!

About Ann Choltida:

Ann Choltida is a salesperson at Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage. Real Estate has been her passion when she moved to Canada many years ago. She is an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She loves to travel and has worked in the jewelry industry for several years before becoming involved in real estate. To find out more please visit

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