Go in summer, when the Montreal Botanical Garden is in full bloom and you can smell the pleasant English lavender and touch the velvety glory bush at the Courtyard of the Senses. This is also the time of year when bins overflow with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries at the food markets. Temps linger in the mid-70s from June to August.
The city is known for its laundry list of summer events and festivals, starting with the Montreal Grand Prix in mid-June. When the weather warms up in Quebec, locals like to be entertained. The Montreal International Jazz Festival comes to town in late June and early July, followed by the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the premiere comedy event in North America, in mid-July. This is followed by the Montreal World Film Festival in mid- to late August.
While spring can still be a bit nippy, September and early October are glorious times of year to visit Montreal. Average temperatures are in the mid-60s and 70s. You won’t get a reduced rate on your hotel room, but you will get to see the maples at the city’s largest green space, Parc du Mont-Royal, in their full fall-foliage regalia. Long-distance runners sprint through the city at the Montreal Marathon in late September.
Hotel rates are significantly reduced in winter, but you will pay in other ways. Montreal can be blustery cold come December—think 20 degrees and below. This could be the reason half the city’s in Jamaica come February. There is an underground network of walkways (the largest in the world), but eventually you have to go outside and face the music. The good news is, Montrealers love their hockey—head to the Bell Centre to catch the Montreal Canadians play.