Lonely Planet voters place Montreal third among world's best summer cities
Published Thursday, July 7, 2011 10:08PM EDT
Montrealers know very well their city is a great place to be in the summer time, and it appears the rest of the world knows it as well.
The popular guide book Lonely Planet ran an online survey to determine the world's top summer cities, and Montreal finished third behind only Barcelona and Sydney.
Montreal finished ahead of London, Chicago, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and Lisbon.
However, Lonely Planet author Andy Murdock feels the results are a bit ridiculous seeing as the top two cities are actually great to visit year round, and are in fact unpleasantly hot in the summer.
"Voters started talking some sense at 3rd place: Montreal, London, Chicago – now these are cities that really come alive in the summer," Murdock wrote on the Lonely Planet blog. "These cities wait for months for the dreary cold winter to disappear, and then explode in fits (and festivals) of joy that last throughout the summer months."
Montreal welcomes 7.5 million tourists per year, and 32.1 per cent of them come in the summer, 24.8 per cent come in the spring, 23 per cent come in the fall and 20.1 per cent come in winter.