Fireworks shows attract residents and visitors from all over with their booming sounds, immense explosions of light and celestial quality against the dark night sky. L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec, presented by TELUS, is a major fireworks festival that was first founded in 1985 at La Ronde, the largest amusement park in Quebec. The annual event is an exciting summer activity for those living in Montreal as well as guests who plan a summer vacation in the city and stay at the Westin Montreal Hotel. A competition of sorts, the fireworks shows are separated into two types: classical and pyromusical, which involves careful synchronisation of the movement of the fireworks to a musical score.
In its first season, the displays attracted more than 5.7 million people, and continue to lure community members and Quebec visitors of all ages. Gathered together at La Ronde, on the Jacques Cartier Bridge and along either side of the river, guests watch in amazement as the artists set off their pyrotechnic masterpieces into the starry black abyss.
This July's spectacle will centre around the "Eclipse" theme, depicting the cycle of life from darkness to light. Travellers who reserve rooms at the downtown Montreal hotel can have firsthand access to one of the coveted observation spots before thousands of other Canadians venture to the scene.