Some locals claim that Montreal has only two seasons: winter and festivals. When winter ends, it’s festival season. Months and months of festivals. Festivals all over the city: music festivals and gay festivals, movie festivals and comedy festivals and jazz and arts and culinary festivals. For at least nine months a year, Montreal is an ongoing festival of fun.
I first fell in love with Montreal as a kid when my family traveled there on vacation for Expo 67, the World’s Fair that was based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “Terre des Hommes,” Exupery’s 1939 book about dreams and hopes for the future.
Probably the most successful world’s fair of the 20th century, Expo 67 celebrated Canada’s centennial year and even today many Canadians recall it with the same fondness that New York historians feel about the 1939 World’s Fair.