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Summertime in Montreal means festivals

If you're seeking a refreshing change of pace for your summer getaway, consider Montreal. Perhaps because they spend so much of the time in the cold, citizens of Montreal know how to celebrate summer the right way.

In addition to enjoying the old-world architecture and beautiful views Montreal has to offer, visitors can take advantage of festivals and exhibits. Throughout the summer season, Montreal is home to hundreds of special events and festivals celebrating music, film, comedy and art. Canada's so-called cultural capital has a lot to offer to its visitors throughout the year, and especially this summer.

The Montreal Fireworks Festival puts on nine firework shows between the end of June and the beginning of August. The shows are specially themed, this year after countries of the world, and can be seen from a special seating area at La Ronde Six Flags. Gold-level tickets can be purchased on the event's website.

Montreal offers music fans many options during the summer months. The Montreal Jazz Festival this year ran from June 28 to July 7, and got exceptional reviews. If you're interested in indie music, consider attending the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, from August 3 to 5.

If you're a patron of the arts, you have more options when it comes to planning the ultimate Montreal vacation. For some sci-fi fun, the Star Wars identities exhibition at the Montreal Science Centre runs through the end of the summer. Clothing enthusiasts will have fun at the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, which begins August 1 and runs through August 4. If you're still not sold, the event even features a stiletto race.

Since your trip to Montreal will undoubtedly be busy, consider booking a luxury sedan to take you around the city. Hermes worldwide provides car services for travelers all over the world, and will gladly take you to and from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, your hotel and your chosen destination.