The Montreal International Fireworks Festival has become a source of wonder not only for Montreal locals, but also for tourists and visitors from all over the world. Widely recognized as the most prestigious fireworks competition in the world, L’International des Feux Loto-Québec brings world-renowned firms representing their respective countries to present a 30-minute fireworks show set to music. The result of this competition is a spectacular fireworks show that lights up the Montreal sky every week during the summer. This annual pyrotechnic festival has been held at La Ronde amusement park sicne 1985. It is named after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec The Competition is currently known as L’international des feux Loto-Québec but it has been called L’International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS, Le Mondial SAQ, and L’International Benson & Hedges.
Music plays an important role in this festival. The fireworks designers in this competition use music as a synchronized component within each firworks display. During the festival, revelers can tune in to radio station 105.7FM to enjoy the music that goes along with the show. Every year, an estimated 3 million spectators attend the festival, with approximately 6,000 fireworks set off during each show.
There are many great spots to watch the fireworks. Since the fireworks are launched from Montreal’s famed amusement park, La Ronde, it is one of the best spots to watch the sky light up. La Ronde offers waterfront stadium seating to the event but you will have to pay for the tickets. The price is worth it since a significant portion of the fireworks display is only seen from the ground, and there’s nothing like experiencing the synchronized musical accompaniment first-hand. There are also various spots in Old Montreal and the Old Port that provide excellent viewing of the fireworks. Finally, there is the Jacques-Cartier Bridge which happens to be a popular spot for watching the fireworks. During firework nights, the bridge transforms into a pedestrian-only viewing platform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.