The month of March and the dawn of spring is supposed to be a shining hope in the lives of all Montrealers. A time in which the worst has passed, and we only have smooth sailings of light spring winds to ride us into summer.
As per always, Mother Nature likes to toy with our emotions and throw an intense snow storm our faces for no good reason. Fake the frigid bitch out and just get the hell outta here until it finally warms up. Here are 10 hotels you should, or wish you could, visit to beat the shitty weather.
At the northern most tip of the Pemba Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago sits The Manta Resort, a romantic and secluded hotel that boasts one of the best swimming beaches in the world. Gaze upon the sea and forget all of your worries in these piece of floating glory.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
This place is a legit igloo village. Not only are the igloos adorable, the wild surrounding offer a unique opportunity to experience the wildlife of Finland. Every igloo is also outfitted with glass windows for you to romantically view the Northern Lights from the comfy warmth of your own bed.
Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
It's all about the view at Ladera Resort. Each room is physically built into the hillside, with a missing fourth wall (now you'll never have to break it!) letting you look out and admire vibrant surroundings. Other awesome aspects include an open air bar and a lagoon pool.
Astarte Suits Hotel, Greece
The sexy marble and seaside location make the Astarte Suits Hotel look like an ancient Grecian summer house, or something straight out of Zelda, just without any Zoras. Every room provides vacationers with their own private balcony to enjoy the view of the sea, and every bathroom has a Jacuzzi, which is awesome for many reasons if you catch my drift.
Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand
A killer combo of a full service spa, beachside bar, and stunning natural landscape make this Thai getaway destination the perfect equation for relaxation. All that, and you can dine in a mothertruckin' cave, just like Batman.
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
Remember the Little Mermaid song "Under the Sea?" Well you can play that on repeat at Conrad Maldives because they have real-life underwater hotel rooms. Submerged a quarter into the Indian Ocean, you can look upon magnificent sea life without having to even get remotely wet.
Panchoran Retreat, Bali
Built smack dab in the middle of the forest close to Ubad, Indonesia, the Panchoran Retreat is the nature lovers dream. The beauty of nature is the inspiration for the entire grounds, with every room built out of recycled and natural materials and made to be fully integrated with the outdoor environment.
Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens,Indonesia
Close to famous Indonesian tourist attractions like Jaang, Dalem Segara and Satung, Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens also has some features of its own that you'll want to check out like a natural bamboo bridge, Batur volcano and the beautiful rice fields.
Dedon Island Resort
I have two words for you as to why you should visit the Dedon Island Resort: swinging daybeds. They're a combination of hammocks and couches, and look like the ultimate nap spot. Enjoy a siesta on the white sand beach and just feel all your worries just melt away.
Äscher Cliff Restaurant, Switzerland
Getting to the Äscher Cliff Restaurant is a legit trek, but incredibly worth it. No other venue gives you as majestic a view of the Swiss Alps, and there's food, which is a double win.
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It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.
This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.
"We were lucky that July was below normal because if it hadn't happened that way, [...] we would have shattered the record instead of just breaking it," he added.
A few hundredths of a degree may not sound like such a big problem, but temperatures in Montreal (and around the world) have been steadily rising.
The average annual temperature in Montreal from 1951 to 1980 was 6.5ºC, according to ClimateData.ca. Last year's mean temperature came in at a whopping 8.6ºC. This drastic increase in fortyish years has already begun to show its effects — not just on our electrical bills in the summer, but also the health of the population, the Climate Action Network says.
Whether or not 2022 will be even hotter remains anyone's guess. Projections for an area as small as Southern Quebec can only be made a few weeks in advance.
What we do know is that February and March should be significantly warmer than January.
"A few short intense waves of cold are coming in," Legault said of January, adding that February and March are expected to be "close to or above normal temperatures."
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
You can even filter through different brands, formulas, skin types and ratings which is a huge time-saver. Now that your skin looks amazing, you can get back to doing all your favourite winter activities feeling comfortable and confident.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.