Montreal Museum Day, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Museum Day is a day when the public can enter many museums free of charge. There are also free buses that transport people from one museum to another and each bus has a predefined circuit. You can go down and get into when you want at the museum of your choice. The departures and arrivals of the circuits take place at the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier de Spectacles. The day begins at 9:00 am and finishes around 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm, depending on the closure of museums.

Tips

You can take the metro and disembark at Place-des-Arts station and take the Jeanne-Mance exit.

Check the site to get a list of museums to visit. This year, there are 43 museums participating in this special day.

Keep in mind that some museums are more in demand than others, so you can check out tat he information center or ask to the drivers to find out who has fewer people or easier access.

The Giants of Royal de luxe à Montreal

During the commemoration of the 375th anniversary of Montreal; we could see the Giants (puppets) walking in the streets of Montreal and the huge crowd that accompanied them on their journey. These Giants came from France, were presented by a large street theater troupe, Royal de luxe, who did not want any barriers to separate the Giants from the public. They delimited their way just by ribbons of paper which the integrators of the troop themselves rolled and unwound as they passed. They presented the Little Giant and her dog, the man in diving-suit, the boat with the waves and a band of musicians. The event took place May 19th to 21st, 2017. Thousands of people of all ages took part in this unique experience. Everything went perfectly and if there was a little delay Saturday morning was just for safety because of the number of people present. The crowd completely covered the course of the Giants, which opened and closed in their passage, this approach with the public made the spectacle even more charming. The Giants woke up in the morning, they made two courses a day and they went to bed at about 6:00 pm with the buzzer of the man in diving-suit. They had stops in which the troop showed various movements of the giants. The final part of the course of the Little Giant, showed her sitting on a large boat; propelled by a truck of 53 feet, with the movements of the waves which were so real thanks to the presence of water ejected on the boat. A completely free attraction that was a real success.

Tips

If you have not been part of thousands of lucky ones who have followed their route, you will find on the net several articles and videos of this magical event.

Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada

The Canadian Tulip Festival was born with the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs done by Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in 1945 in Ottawa to thank the role Canada played in the liberation of the Netherlands, and they offered refuge in Ottawa, to the members of the royal family during the Second World War. It is the largest of its kind in North America and it also celebrates the arrival of spring flowering public places in Ottawa with a million of tulips of 50 varieties. The greater presence of tulips is in the gardens of Commissioners Park, at Lake Dow but you can also find various appearances of the festival throughout the city. The tulip is the official flower of Ottawa and it also became the floral symbol of international friendship. The international community adds shows to the festival; exhibitions and cultural performances reflecting cultural diversity in the city. This year there is a new covered area, the Aberdeen Pavilion, with a tulip garden and sculptures inside, located at Lansdowne Park.

Tips

Spend 2 days in town, it’s worth it, you can enjoy the day to visit the park and see some shows or just know the city in the evening. There are free concerts, shows, children’s activities, etc.
There is an official opening ceremony with a parade of vintage cars and a closing ceremony with fireworks at Dow’s Lake.
It will be held from May, 12th to May, 22nd  2017