Montreal International Fireworks Competition

Every year during the summer in Montreal, the international fireworks competition takes over the skies. It’s a weekly event hosting firework shows synchronized with music from different countries around the world. The show is known to be one of the worlds biggest and best fireworks competition.

Also known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, has been running since 1985. I was told by a tour operator in Montreal that when they were looking for a spot to host the firework competition, it was difficult to find a location. All the cities in North America kept denying them because of safety and interests. I bet now they wish they took up the offer hosting over 3 million people each year and blasting over 6,000 fireworks.

Pyromusical synchronization is an art form that can only be mastered through experience. The firms that participate in the Competition possess the skills required to distinguish themselves at the summit of the pyromusical arts. The fireworks makers who design the 30-minute pyromusical displays are more than just pyrotechnicians; they are artistic innovators. – Art – Technique

The best place to watch the fireworks is at La Ronda amusement park. The show is directly in front of you and there’s seating. You can also watch the show on Jacques Cartier Bridge which is closed off just for the show.

I went during team USA’s show and they ended up winning the gold Jupiter trophy. Their theme was synchronizing symphonic classical rock music with the classic film Fantasia. 8 other countries competed with Portugal winning silver and Italy winning bronze.

Find out more information on the official L’International des Feux Loto-Québec website.

14 Comments

  1. Sylvain on August 18, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Yes, La Ronde (the amusement park which has been bought by Six Flags a few years ago) is a great spot to watch… but it’s also very expensive.

    You can watch the fireworks from the shore too… both from the Ste-Helene and Montreal islands… or go up the Jacques-Cartier bridge which is closed to circulation on the nights of fireworks.

    There’s one key information missing in here… the Montreal events are musical fireworks… meaning the fireworks follow a music.  The music is played on site but also broadcasted on radio… so you can listen to the music no matter what’s your vantage point.

    Usually the fireworks happen two nights a week, once during weekend and once during weekdays.

    A bit of history… this Ste-Helene island and its sister the Notre-Dame island were man-made using excaved dirt from the construction of the subway in the early 60s.  They hosted the 1967 International exhibition which was the first major international event held in Montreal. 

    The Notre-Dame island is where the F1 Grand Prix is held every june and a Nascar race in August (this weekend in fact).  The islands also host a wide array of festivals and events all year around…. including since last winter a ice hotel.

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks for the info! I mentioned the music bit towards the end of the article though I didn’t know they also played it on the radio. That’s awesome! So basically I could be on a rooftop, put on the radio, and it’ll be as if I’m at the location where the fireworks are being hosted. Nice!

  2. Sylvain on August 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Yes, La Ronde (the amusement park which has been bought by Six Flags a few years ago) is a great spot to watch… but it’s also very expensive.

    You can watch the fireworks from the shore too… both from the Ste-Helene and Montreal islands… or go up the Jacques-Cartier bridge which is closed to circulation on the nights of fireworks.

    There’s one key information missing in here… the Montreal events are musical fireworks… meaning the fireworks follow a music.  The music is played on site but also broadcasted on radio… so you can listen to the music no matter what’s your vantage point.

    Usually the fireworks happen two nights a week, once during weekend and once during weekdays.

    A bit of history… this Ste-Helene island and its sister the Notre-Dame island were man-made using excaved dirt from the construction of the subway in the early 60s.  They hosted the 1967 International exhibition which was the first major international event held in Montreal. 

    The Notre-Dame island is where the F1 Grand Prix is held every june and a Nascar race in August (this weekend in fact).  The islands also host a wide array of festivals and events all year around…. including since last winter a ice hotel.

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for the info! I mentioned the music bit towards the end of the article though I didn’t know they also played it on the radio. That’s awesome! So basically I could be on a rooftop, put on the radio, and it’ll be as if I’m at the location where the fireworks are being hosted. Nice!

  3. Eev on August 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Cool! Vancouver, BC, Canada has a similar event called “Celebration of Light” for 2 week..s each summer. It also has counrties competing and follows music as well. It is a free event too. Fireworks are synonymous w/ summer!

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I love a good fireworks show during the summer.

  4. Eev on August 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cool! Vancouver, BC, Canada has a similar event called “Celebration of Light” for 2 week..s each summer. It also has counrties competing and follows music as well. It is a free event too. Fireworks are synonymous w/ summer!

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I love a good fireworks show during the summer.

  5. acoupletravelers on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I love the Montreal international fireworks competition. I have family that lives in Montreal so over the year I’ve seen the show a handful of times. Definitely beat the 4th of July fireworks in the US! 

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Lucky you! Must be a nice place to take a date. Crack open a bottle of wine and watch the fireworks on the lawn or roof top.

  6. acoupletravelers on August 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I love the Montreal international fireworks competition. I have family that lives in Montreal so over the year I’ve seen the show a handful of times. Definitely beat the 4th of July fireworks in the US! 

    • Michael on September 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Lucky you! Must be a nice place to take a date. Crack open a bottle of wine and watch the fireworks on the lawn or roof top.

  7. Sonia on August 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Great photos! I saw an international fireworks show in Puerto Vallarta Mexico several years back and this really reminds me of it- wonder of the two shows are related?

  8. Sonia on August 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Great photos! I saw an international fireworks show in Puerto Vallarta Mexico several years back and this really reminds me of it- wonder of the two shows are related?

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