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Films Alfresco, Fireworks and Lots of Lols: 15 Things to Experience in Canada This Month

A bluffer's guide to Toronto and Montreal's Spanish restaurants, here's what's new and noteworthy across the country in July.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Food & Drink

Drake Mini Bar

Photo: Kayla Rocca

Patio Appeal

The cozy Drake Mini Bar, the newest addition to the Drake Hotel’s expanding lineup, has you covered all day, from scratch-made breakfast pastries through power-lunch clams on the half shell and fish-forward dinner fare. Its 65-seat patio on the corner of York and Adelaide is perfect for people-watching long into the night.


Bluffer’s Park

Photo: Bill Brooks / Alamy Stock Photo

Bluff Stuff

Until this summer, Bluffer’s Park, a sandy beach at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs (a.k.a. the spot for the ultimate summer Instagram shot), was notoriously difficult to get to. Not anymore: The TTC’s new weekend bus route will drop picnickers, walkers and swimmers right by the water, and the trip takes less than an hour from downtown.

Buses every 15 minutes from Kennedy Station, $3.25


Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Photo: Diana Maclean Photography

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Every Thursday in July, the giant screen at Corktown Common, a sprawling east-end park, shows films that range from Roman Holiday to Selma. Snack attack: falafel from Souk Tabule, just across from the park.


Christie Pits Film Festival

Photo: Diana Maclean Photography

Christie Pits Film Festival

Hit the twisty slide at the park’s late-night pool, then catch a Sunday-night screening on the hillside; Casablanca and Amélie are both coming up. Snack attack: pupusas from Tacos El Asador, one block east.


Sorauren Park summer movies

Sorauren Park Summer Movies

The monthly flicks at this tucked-away west-end park include Charade (July 28) and the lady-centric reboot of Ghostbusters (August 25). Snack attack: a cubano from La Cubana, an eight-minute walk away.

Vancouver - YVR


Coast Beauty

Photo: Steve Brochill

Wave Maker

This texturizing hairspray, hand-blended in Coast Beauty’s Vancouver studio, is packed with sea salts and coconut oil. A few spritzes and you’ll look like you just ditched a surfboard.

Beach Waves Salt Spray, $25


Smoke Show

The Honda Celebration of Light is back. Here are three cracking spots to catch the international fireworks competition. 

July 28, August 1 and August 4,

Stanley Park Seawall


Stanley Park Seawall

Take a stroll along the seawall to find a seat on the side facing English Bay and the fireworks barges. Tip: Pack a picnic and come early to ensure you snag a spot.


Kitsilano Beach

Photo: Adam Melnyk - Shutterstock

Kitsilano Beach

This long, sandy shore on the southern bank of English Bay promises fewer crowds and more space to sprawl.


Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain

If it’s a clear night, drive up to the viewpoint, north of downtown Vancouver, to see fireworks burst above the city skyline.


Tickets can be purchased here

Food & Drink

Brewery & the Beast

Photo: Ed Ng

Meat and Greet

You’ll need a huge appetite – and an equally huge stack of napkins – for Brewery & the Beast, the city’s annual carnivorous celebration. Over 40 local restaurants, including Hawksworth and Homer St. Cafe, will serve whole animal roasts, grilled seafood, classic barbecue and more. Chase it with B.C. suds from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. and Left Field Cider Co.

July 29

Montréal - YUL

Food & Drink


Photo: twofoodphotographers


Start your day at this Saint-Henri café with an expert cortado, or top it off with cava, Cantabrian anchovies and tomato bread.



Photo: Marissa Leclerc of W.I.G. Designs


This Outremont spot offers seafood-focused plates to share (like the patatas bravas with octopus), a thoughtful list of Catalan wines and a Sunday afternoon prix-fixe menu.



Photo: Mickaël Bandassak


At this downtown restaurant, the oysters come soaked with gin and tonic, and the fish is done on a Barcelonan wood-fired grill.


Village au Pied-du-Courant

Photo: JM Seminaro

Park Life

Every summer for the past five years, dozens of local designers and architects have assembled a vibrant public space on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The Village au Pied-du-Courant is home to food trucks, a hammock garden, musical performances, DIY workshops and, this month, a front-row seat for the fireworks at La Ronde.


Just For Laughs

Photo: courtesy of Just For Laughs

Laughing Matters

Just for Laughs nabs red-hot comedian (and Girls Trip sensation) Tiffany Haddish for this year’s festival, along with guaranteed laugh-out-loud performances from returning favourites Trevor Noah (pictured) of The Daily Show and Kevin Hart.

July 11–29