Among the best summer cities: So typically Montréal

Last June, readers of Lonely Planet, the prominent travel guide, ranked Montréal the third Best Summer City in the world. It is a distinction that follows in the footsteps of so many other accolades that only serve to reinforce the city’s festive reputation.

And true to its reputation, Montréal enjoyed even more festivals and activities this summer. Among the newcomers, Otakuthon, which livened up the Palais des congrès de Montréal from August 12 to 14, 2011. It was the biggest event ever in Québec celebrating anime (Japanese animation) and manga (graphic novels).

OUMF, a cultural event devoted to emerging visual artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and academics, took over the city’s Quartier Latin district from September 1 to 10.

Earlier in the summer, from July 7 to 24, the second edition of Montréal Complètement Cirque brought together the finest circus performers, further solidifying Montréal’s reputation as the capital of the circus arts.

Although Montréal summers are filled with activities, the city is equally active in the fall!