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Day 3 – Morning or Afternoon
BEST FOR THOSE WITH A HEARTY APPETITE (Poutineville, 1348 Beaubien E., 514-544-8800, www.poutineville.com)â€¨Montreal is a food-lovers paradise, and there are plenty of family-friendly French-Canadian dining must-dos: Montreal bagels, smoked meat sandwiches and, of course, the infamous poutine. Poutineville, with three restaurants in the Montreal area, is a popular spot for everyone from kids looking to try something new to the late, late night crowd (they’re open until 5 a.m. at one location!). Little ones can indulge in the classic poutine off the kids’ menu or share one of the main menu’s outrageous selections with mom or dad. These are not your average poutines: they include the Hat Trick (hot dogs, ground beef and bacon), the Montrealer (smoked meat and a breaded dill pickle) and the Heart Attack (five pounds of fries, meat and cheese), which claims to be the biggest poutine in Montreal!
What the guide books don’t tell you: When the kids are guzzling back their soft drink, feel free to treat yourself to your favourite drink too. Yes, Poutineville also serves cocktails.
â€¨Best time to go: Weekdays, to avoid the crowds.
Day 3 – Evening
BEST IN FIREWORKS (L’International des Feux Loto-Québecâ€¨ 22, chemin Macdonald Ile Sainte-Hélène, 514-397-777, www.internationaldesfeuxlotoquebec.com/en/)
L’International des Feux Loto-Québecâ€¨ (aka the Montreal Fireworks Festival) is an international fireworks competition that has taken place in Montreal amusement park La Ronde since 1985. Between June and August, countries from around the world compete, setting off thousands of fireworks for millions of spectators. The 2013 showdown will see Australia compete on June 22 to the theme Magic of the Movies, Hong Kong on July 5 with Born to be Wild and much more. Come cheer on Team Canada on July 27! The last time red and white took home the prize was in 2010.
What the guide books don’t tell you: You don’t have to buy tickets into La Ronde to get a good view of the show – watch nearby for free! Old Port is a fine spot; or head to the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which closes to traffic during the show.â€¨
Best time to go: The fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. Give yourself plenty of time to find your seat (whether you’re paying for a spot or sitting nearby for free).