City Guide
Underground City
Directly under the heart of the city, 19 miles long, the Underground City is probably the most famous aspect of shopping in Montreal. It is a web constantly growing, linking many major buildings and multi-level shopping malls in the area, and a shopper's paradise in any season.

Thousands of boutiques, major hotels, restaurants, universities, dozens of office buildings and attractions are all linked together by brightly lit, scrupulously clean passageways. The "city" is definitely the Montréal of Montrealers offering to more than 500,000 people every day a connection to work, shopping, dining or entertainment.

One major section is reached via Peel and McGill metro stations on the green line, and another via Bonaventure station on the orange line. Safe and sheltered from the elements, the Underground City offers a huge range of goods and services as well as a handy way to get from place to place without weather or traffic problems.

Every summer, there seem to be bigger and better sports events going on in Quebec, and this year is no exception. There’s a mix of international events and those local to the community. Here we have a brief look at some of the most interesting events taking place in the region this summer.

Start your engines

In only a few days from now, the Formula One Grand Prix Canada takes place at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal.

The Canadian Grand Prix will run on 5th, 6th and 7th June. Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton is a leading contender to win the big race and he is also currently at odds of 2/9 to win the Formula One Drivers’ Championship for the second year in succession ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with previous Championship winner Sebastien Vettel third favourite at 14/1.

The practice and qualifying sessions will take place on the temporary street circuit on Ile Notre-Dame on Friday and Saturday, with the main race taking place on Sunday 7th June.

Most tickets are now sold out, but there are still some general admission tickets up for grabs if you’re free to go and watch this coming weekend.

Relay for Life

Every year, the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life raises funds for the fight against cancer. It’s also a great chance for people to meet up with family and friends to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived cancer. The 12-hour overnight event is a fun and inspiring way to stand united against cancer, raising much-needed funds for research in the process. There are different Relay for Life events being held all over Canada this summer. You can visit the Cancer Society website to find out more.

International Dance Festival

Also taking place this week in the town of Trois-Rivières, between 4th and 7th June, is the International Dance Festival. DansEncore will take place for the 21st time this year, and sees a celebration of dance from many countries.

As well as being a spectator of some amazing dance performances at the festival, you also have the opportunity to sign up to take part in one of 50 dance masterclasses while at the event.

Gran Fondo Mont-Sainte-Anne

For cycling fans, the next Gran Fondo MSA event will take place on 19 July, with three different courses to choose from – the Piccolo Fondo (74km), Medio Fondo (103km) and Alto Fondo (145km). Thanks to the different courses, cyclists can pick the one that best suits their ability and fitness level, and enjoy the experience of a group cycling event, complete with sprint sections.

Whether you’re a cyclist in the event or a spectator, the Gran Fondo events are always great fun and a fantastic way to explore local areas.

Whether you enjoy sports events from a spectator or participant point of view, there’s plenty to get stuck into in Quebec this summer.

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