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Our suggestions to discover Montreal safely this fall

Discover Montreal differently

The Covid-19 pandemic brought a lot of changes  in our way of traveling. Maybe you are in the situation to ask yourself: is it a good idea to visit and discover Montreal? We can assure that Montreal is still creative and deserves her reputation of being a giant playground full of activities!

This summer, international travelers obviously didn’t have the opportunity to visit Montreal. Therefore, Quebecers and travelers from Canadian provinces had the chance to freely walk along the historic cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. They experienced and discovered Montreal as never before, without crowded streets, just as if Montreal was theirs!

So you too, if you like walking uncrowded streets, and if you would like to discover Montreal on your own, it’s the right time to come to Montreal.

Children are back to school, and you are dreaming of a nice break (which you fully deserve!) ? You would like to relax with your loved one or your family, or just change your mind?

Here some suggestions of original and safe activities that should appeal to all ages.

Our SoSulpice! tours: to discover Montreal… quite simply


 Discover Montreal and its local specialities with le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montreal. Just SoSulpice!

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel’s employees created unique and original walking tours (meaning you won’t find them anywhere else)  to let you discover ‘their’ Montreal, as they would do with friends or family. They share with you their favorite areas, and best tips.

These tours are free walking tours that you can do on your own. They allow you to discover Montreal’s different areas at your own pace.
You can also discover Montreal by bike if you prefer. Numerous cycle paths are now available in our safe city.

Here are the first SoSulpice! circuits available to you, during your stay at the hotel.

Walk on the Plateau Mont-Royal by Sarah, Front Desk Agent. Sarah will take you for a walk in the streets of Le Plateau. You will certainly love the green alleys, so typically Montreal, as well as her restaurant recommendations and other favorites.

Charlotte, Rooms Division Supervisor, will take you for a foodie walk into the wellknown Jean Talon Market, where you will explore local flavors, followed by a stop at beautiful Parc Jarry.

You might prefer to follow Lara, Operation Coordinator, and go for a picnic at Parc Laurier, for what promises to be a gourmet escape. You will discover her favorite spots for pizza, delicatessen, cheese and ice cream.

As for Lou, Sales Manager, she invites you to discover the chic area of Westmount!

Karin, Marketing Manager, invites you for a bike ride along the Canal Lachine. Enjoy a wonderful day on the brand new cycle path along the St-Laurent river and cross paths with Griffintown, Little Bourgogne and St-Henri areas. A great activity to do with your family to discover Montreal!

 Discover Montreal and the Canal Lachine with le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montreal. Just so Sulpice!


Our SoSulpice! tours are exclusive to our hotel guests. But we are happy to offer you one of them in preview:
Bike Ride along the Canal Lachine. Enjoy your reading!

Discover Montreal, a giant playground

 A stroll in the Old Port to discover Montreal with le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montreal. Just SoSulpice!

Many attractions are now open et are ready to welcome you in a safe environnement. Whatever the season, Montreal offers many original activities to discover. From la Grande Roue de Montréal (ferris wheel) to the numerous museums and family activities in the Old Port, everyone will be pleased!

Our current suggestions for your next visit to Montreal:

  • Discover Montreal while visiting Christian Dior’s exposition at McCord Museum. Just SoSulpice!

    ©Musée Mc Cord

    The major exhibition ‘Christian Dior‘ at McCord Museum: starting on September 25th, until January 3rd, 2021.



 Discover Montreal and its history with a guided tour offered by Cité Mémoire. Just SoSulpice!

©Montréal en histoires.- Cité Mémoire

  • Cité Mémoire:

If you like to discover Montreal through its history, you will certainly like Cité mémoire, the  largest outdoor projections walking tour in the world Cité Mémoire: when the sun comes down Cité Mémoire presents a cast of characters offering first-hand accounts of how the city has evolved over the course of history.

This free app will allow you to access 25 indoor and outdoor scenes, 38 augmented realities, and visit 98 points of interest, and finally access 3 circuits to discover 5 parks in Montreal.


  • Spa Scandinave Vieux Montréal:
 Discover Montreal with an experience of relaxation with Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel at spa Scandinave Vieux Montreal. Just SoSulpice!

©Spa Scandinave Vieux Montréal

While you discover Montreal, have a relaxing moment at Le spa scandinave Vieux Montréal with your loved one! Few steps away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal, Hot tub, Finnish dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and massages await you in this cosy urban spa. Hotel’s guests benefit from privileged rates. Book through our concierges.



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Great Deals to discover Montreal

Before your arrival, we invite you to go on  Tourisme Montréal‘s website to organize your visit in Montreal. You will access the city’s complete programmation and know what to do/see in Montreal per date.  If you stay before October 31st, 2020, have a look at Passeport Mtl. You will get access to 5 different participating attractions of your choice, plus added discounts at local shops and businesses. Quantities are limited so grab your Passeport MTL today! More information

Our concierges will be more than happy to help you with suggestions according to your wishes and to make your reservations, for a TURNKEY STAY!

For any request and information, please contact our team at reception . You will get the best available rate!
514-288-1000 or 1877 785-7123

We look forward to welcome you soon for your next visit in Montreal!

Karin Janssen
Marketing Manager

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal



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Montreal, City of Festivals

A Summer of Festivities in Montreal

Montreal, during the summer, is the city of festivals. There are major events happening almost every week throughout the summer, attracting a great number of visitors. This year being the 375th anniversary of the city, there are even more sights to visit and grand events to attend.

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

Festivals of Art, Music and Culture

Of course, Montreal is famous for its Formula 1 Grand Prix, the event that launches the high season for tourism and that provides a crazy week of celebrations, but also for the Jazz Festival, the largest in the world, which brings together hundreds of indoor concerts and free concerts in the streets of Montreal and for the Just For Laughs Festival. Also, Les Francofolies is the largest celebration of French language music and its artists.

Among the many major festivals that were added in the recent years, the more notable ones include Montreal Complètement Cirque (Circus), which benefits from the presence in the city of the Cirque du Soleil, of the TOHU, of the Cirque Eloize and of the 7 Doigts de la Main circus company.



Osheaga has grown over the years to become one the largest gatherings of pop music outdoor concerts, bringing together dozens of world class bands and tens of thousands of music fans coming from all parts to attend the three days of wild concerts.

As for sporting events, besides the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Rogers Cup of Tennis brings us, each year, one of the most competitive tournaments in the world, with most of the best players in the world. The Men and Women players alternate from year to year; in 2017 we are welcoming the men from the ATP! Furthermore, for the first time in Montreal, the electric race cars will be speeding through the streets during the brand new Formula E serie.

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

Your Festival Guide

To help you find your way through all those festivals and to better plan your touristic and cultural schedule this summer, here is a list of the numerous major festivals and events in Montreal in 2017 :

Volta – Cirque Du Soleil – May 25 to July 23 / Jacques Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Avudo – May 18 to September 2 / Jacques-Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Grand Prix Formula 1 – June 9, 10, 11 / Notre-Dame Island

Mondial de la Bière (Beerfest) – June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017 / Palais des Congrès

Francofolies – June 8 to 18 / Place Des Arts

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – June 28 to July 8 / Place Des Arts

L’international des Feux Loto-Québec – July 1, 8, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and August 5 / La Ronde

Montréal Complètement Cirque – July 6 to 16 / Montreal

Comic Con Montréal – July 7, 8, 9 / Palais des Congrès

Just for Laughs Festival– July 14 to 30 / Place Des Arts

Formula E Race – July 29 and 30 / Downtown

Rogers Cup of Tennis – August 4 to 13 / Uniprix Stadium

Osheaga – August 4, 5, 6 / Jean-Drapeau Park

ÎleSoniq – August 10, 11, 12 / Jean-Drapeau Park

OSM, Classical Spree – August 10, 11, 12, 14 / Maison Symphonique

Nomad Fest – Urban Rodeo – August 24, 25, 26, 27 / Jacques-Cartier Pier

Festival Yul Eat – September 2, 3, 4 / Old-Montreal

For further information, for help to purchase tickets or to make reservations, contact our concierge desk at 514-350-1152 or at . Our concierge team will be pleased to help you make the best out of this amazing festival season in Montreal.

We wish you a wonderful summer in Montreal and we hope to have the opportunity to share our most amazing season with you.

Alain Ethier

Montreal destination

Montreal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations

An overlook about Montreal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations

Montreal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations

In 2017 Montreal will celebrate its 375th Anniversary. It will be one year full of events not to miss that will start with the launch party on December 11th, 2016!

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal ideally located in Old Montreal will be the right place to stay as we are in the heart of all major activities and events organized to celebrate Montreal’s 375th Anniversary!


Let’s have a look on some highlights:

Les Hivernales:

From January to mid March– will take place in three key locations in the city: in Parc  Jean-Drapeau, in Old Montreal and in the Quartier des spectacles. Programming for this grandiose winter celebration will include a wide variety of sports and participative activities to suit all tastes. Among others, there will be a one-of-a-kind interactive and technological obstacle course that will challenge participants while entertaining spectators, a first run of some truly zany curling, winter cycling and an outdoor hockey game. Fans of extreme sports will also have their fill with an impressive skiing and snowboarding demonstration. An array of activities and events has been planned to encourage young and old alike to get outside and have fun…

In the heart of winter, here some of the not to miss events:


The biggest winter techno party will take place every week-end from Friday to Sunday between January 12th and February 18th, 2017. Dear Techno addicts, don’t’ forget your ‘tuques’ and snowsuits, because it’s never too early to get ready to dance under the stars to the sound of the best worlwide DJ’s music.
Igloofest in the Old Port – 2 min walking distance from the St-Sulpice Hotel.

Montréal en Lumière: from February 23 to March 11 2017

This festival belongs to the largest winter festivals in the world! It combines performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries during la Nuit Blanche de Montréal.

Lyon in France, reknown as a city of light and fine gastronomic destination, will be honored this year. Add the dates to your agenda today. We recommend you  book your table as soon as the participating restaurants and Chefs will be unveiled, as it will definitely be very popular!

Concerts and show will be announced later in the year too.

Not to miss this year Illuminart experience: a new free event solidifying Montreal’s position as a “Smart and Digital City”–will establish itself as an international annual crossroads for illuminated, interactive and immersive avant-garde creativity! Its array of technological works will further confirm the status of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE as a creative laboratory and showcase, a key component in an international circuit of creative events dedicated to the theme of light!

Another Brick in the Wall at The Opéra de Montréal : from March 11 to 24, 2017

375th Anniversary - Another brick in the wall

375th Anniversary – Another brick in the wall

For the Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, The Opéra de Montréal announced a special great event: Another Brick in the wall. Based on the masterpiece The Wall by Pink Floyd,, the opera, written by Rogers Waters and directed by Dominic Champagne, will be the blockbuster production of the Opéra de Montréal in 2017 and will make its world debut here.
The show will highlight the mythical dimension of the work through original music, performed by contemporary opera singers accompanied by classical instruments. Book today your tickets for Another Brick in the wall at the Opéra Montréal.


The Giants : May 19 to 21 (A 24h/24 event)


375th Anniversary - the giants

The Giants – ©Pascal Victor-Arcomart

After appearing in France, Sweden, Chili, Iceland, England, Australia, Germany and China, the impressive giants will stop in Montreal in May 2017 for a special and unique show to celebrate Montreal’s 375th Anniversary. These giants will tell you about Montreal’s history on their own way with a touch of poetry and emotion. You will be able to follow their facts and gestures 24h/24…

Cité mémoire : Every evening at dusk

Since May 18th, 2016, you already can walk along Old Montreal’s streets and discover the 20 tableaux projected throughout the area. Cité Mémoire invites you to meet a host of characters who’ve witnessed the city’s evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. The work appears on the very walls that surround us, the ground on which we walk, the trees that frame our present.
Every evening at dusk, around le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal!

For a complete Cité Mémoire experience, download Montréal en Histoires free application. Soundtrack and historical contexts are available in 4 languages.
For Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, Cité Mémoire expands the number of tableaux and will cover downtown … Starting in May 2017

La grande tournée du 375ème   From May 12 to September 17 

La Grande Tournée du 375e celebrates each of Montréal’s 19 boroughs over 19 weekends.
A way for you to discover how Montrealers live and the specificities of the 19 boroughs.
Next summer, La Grande Tournée du 375e will make its way across Montréal, showcasing the many different people, residents and merchants that make up our neighbourhoods. Each of the 19 boroughs will have a chance to strut its stuff during this giant neighbourhood block party, which highlights what makes it unique. It will also give people who love Montréal the chance to explore the many vibrant boroughs of the city.

Each weekend, a neighbourhood park will be host to an array of activities that invite people to explore, dream, feel, have fun, eat, dance, play and revel in the moment. The fun will also spill out onto a neighbouring street or back alley and feature even more art, history and family-oriented happenings. La Grande Tournée du 375e will be presented by Cirque Éloize, which will unveil a line-up of fun and entertaining activities throughout the day.

Living connections – a work of illumination for the Jacques-Cartier bridge: 17 Mai 2017

375th Anniversary -Living connexion Jacques Cartier bridge

For years, the Jacques Cartier Bridge has been an icon for the Montreal area. It spans our St. Lawrence River and connects us to the South Shore. From 2017, the bridge will become an attraction for visitors, and above all, a powerful symbol of Montréal’s creativity.

Starting May 17th, 2017 the Jacques Cartier Bridge will be a kaleidoscope reflecting the season and Montrealers’ energy, through numerous datas collected in real time that will determine the color and pattern of the lightings. It will be one of the major attractions for Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, and will stay after the celebrations for 10 years.

Montreal AVUDO Old Port: from May 17 to September 2, 2017

375th Anniversary -Avudo in the Old Port

A spectacular multimedia show that pays tribute to the St-Lawrence River all summer long in the Old Port. Taking place on the water, Montréal AVUDO will be a poetic tribute to the St. Lawrence River throughout the years and seasons. The water, omnipresent, will be given a voice through grandiose installations. Thanks to spectacular projections on the water, audiences will be immersed in the memories of those whose livelihood depended on it, who built, innovated and set off to link Montréal to the rest of the world.

Montréal AVUDO will tell a non-linear story of the emotional ties between the St. Lawrence River, Montréal, its neighbourhoods, its stakeholders and its people. The everyday stories of the river will evoke the roots of our city, from its very beginnings to the Montréal of today.

100 free performances – close to the St-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal

 Les Francofolies de Montréal : from June 8 to 18, 2017

Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world!

Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program! Les FrancoFolies de Montréal features a wide array of musical trends, showcased through 250 concerts. Held on a pedestrian-friendly site in the downtown core of America’s biggest French-speaking city, it offers all possible amenities and non-stop entertainment! More than just a festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal are a unique way to celebrate music… and life!

More to come about the programming that will be surely impressive for the Montreal’s 375th Anniversary.

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal : from June 28 to July 8, 2017

Montreal International jazz festival

©Jean-François Leblanc Brian Setzer

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!

More to come about the programming that will be surely impressive for the Montreal’s 375th Anniversary.

 Street theatre troups: July 2017

For Montreal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations, over 60 street theatre troupes from six countries (France, Spain, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Canada) will take over the streets of Montreal, during July 2017, performing some 800 shows. Hundreds of artists—including close to 20 troupes from Quebec—will be taking part in this spectacular street theatre event, the largest of its kind ever held in North America!

Fierté Canada Montréal : August 11 to 17

Canada Pride Montréal 2017 is a national festival that aims to shed light on the Canadian LGBT movement Hosted by Montréal Pride from August 11 to 17, 2017, festivalgoers will be offered 10 days of celebrations including a weekend of sporting events, an international conference on LGBT human rights, free outdoor concerts every night and a parade of an unprecedented scale!

That’s all for now… but more to come!!


Karin Janssen, marketing manager