Photo cred - La Promenade Fleury
Show of hands, who here knows what Ahuntsic-Cartierville is? If you said anything other than one of the most lowkey underrated boroughs in Montreal, then I've got bad news for you, friend. It looks like you might be missing out on one of Montreal's best hidden gems. But don't worry too much. I'm here to guide you through the most fun summer activities Ahuntsic-Cartierville has to offer.
Read on for 10 Reasons to Check Out Ahuntsic-Cartierville This Summer.
1. Terrases for days
No lies, eating on a terrasse is glorious. It’s kind of like a picnic, except with better seating, better food, and if you whip out a pitcher of morning sangria nobody will judge you. Almost every establishment has a terrasse in Ahuntsic, so you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee, all while basking in the short-lived wonder of summer.
2. Awesome parks
It looks like we might be released from our wintery prisons soon, Montreal. And honestly, after this winter, all I want to do is skip through a field of flowers and soak up all the Vitamin D I can. If you’re with me on this, then I’ve got some good news. Ahuntsic is full of gorgeous parks where we can fully appreciate summer. Some include Ahuntsic Park, complete with water fountain, and Parc-nature-l'île-de-la-Visitation, home to this terrasse. A lot of the parks in Ahuntsic are built along the Riviere des Prairies, so if you’re down for a lakeside stroll, you’ve come to the right neighbourhood.
3. La Promenade Fleury
Maybe you don’t like to take the scenic route. Maybe urban sprawl’s more your thing. If so, y’all need to visit the Promenade Fleury, a stretch of Fleury streets with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and tea houses. Bonus points for being home to the newly opened Ahuntsic location of Mamie Clafoutis (map).
4. Outdoor shopping at Marché Central
Shopping is life for many of us, myself included. But real talk, there’s probably nothing more depressing than walking into a mall when it’s daylight and coming out when it’s starting to get dark. Marché Central is an outdoor shopping complex, which means you can window shop all you want without missing out on any of those sweet, sweet sun rays.
5. Getting your sport on at Claude Robillard
Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard, as any Ahuntsic native can tell you, is probably the most fun you can have indoors. Well, the second most. But anyway. Claude Robillard has some pretty impressive features, like indoor running tracks, training rooms, soccer fields, and gyms - but the most impressive is its olympic sized swimming pool. Basically if you’re down for some fitness fun sans sun, they’ve got you covered.
10. The history
Where my history buffs at? Sault-au-Récollet, located in Ahuntsic, is linked to early Montreal history and was founded in the fifteenth century. So if you like learning about Montreal's past, head down to Ahuntsic and make sure to check out the Cité historia.
6. Skating at Le Taz
If you’re into skating, BMX, roller derbies, or pretty much any sport with wheels, you’ve got a friend in Le Taz. Although they do have some pretty legit indoor sections, their outdoor skate area is a surefire way to practise the sport you love while simultaneously making sure you treasure every second of summer.
7. Bars and bars and bars
But we’re not all sporting complexes and parks in Ahuntsic. We also like to drink. Bars like Les Incorruptibles (map), Über Cafbar (map) and Le 132 Bar Vintage (map) all call Ahuntsic home, so if you’re feeling a trendy new place to grab some shots (or beers, no judgement) with friends, look no further.
8. Paulo et Suzanne
And of course, we all know what happens after a few shots/beers. The drunchies. Luckily, Ahuntsic’s got this covered as well. Paulo et Suzanne is open 24/7, so it’s the perfect solution for all of your late night (or early morning) diner cravings. Also, it’s got one of the best poutines in Montreal. So it’s worth the trip no matter what time of day it is.
Do you like music? Do you like festivals? Of course you do! And you’re in luck, because Ahuntsic’s annual FestiBlues music festival - in Park Ahuntsic - is freaking awesome. With tickets going for about $7 and featuring blues artists from Quebec and France, it’s really no wonder that this music festival has been around for more than a decade now.
Did I leave out your favourite part about Ahuntsic-Cartierville? Leave a comment and let me know!