With school right around the corner, it's about time that you and your BFF share some stories over a well-deserved relaxing day. Montreal is home to a variety of relaxing activities that you and your BFF can participate in for under $50! Because relaxation should never come at a high price!
So, I think that it's time for you and your BFF to have a stress-free relaxing BFF date! I suggest choosing maybe one or a few things from this list to create your ideal relaxing day in Montreal before the exams and cramming begins!
Ah yes, the perfect way to relax with your BFF is by treating yourselves to a spa day. Personally, I recommend Bota Bota since it is only $45 before 11 am and after 6pm for their water circuit. Not only do you relax, but you also get to see Montreal from a whole other angle with the stunning views you recieve at the spa.
Another way to sit back and relax with your BFF is by doing some yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax and release stress. I suggest going to one of Montreal’s many yoga studios. By personal favorite is hot yoga at Ensō where you sweat your stress away!
3. Sit back and relax at the Botanical Garden Lights Show
For a beautiful night out and relaxing time with your BFF, I suggest going to the lights festival at the Botanical garden. It is absolutely stunning and I honestly had an amazing time. It is very peaceful and beautiful so you and your BFF can really just sit back and enjoy the beauty.
This is completely free but if you want you can pick up a pocket book for about $5 if you don't bring your own! It may sound weird, but reading in a bookstore is very peaceful and a great way to spend the day with your BFF.
Canal Lounge Cafe Flottant is drop dead gorgeous! You and your BFF can enjoy a relaxing time on the water over some cute little snacks and small talk as you watch the sunset. This is a great way to catch up and sit back.
Honestly who hasn’t treated themselves to a Mani Pedi with their BFF? I suggest heading to Rouge Nail Bar on Crescent for a relaxing time. They have a beautiful stress free environment and it's a great place to talk while getting some nice foot massages with your BFF!
7. Sit back and relax at the Gryphon D’Or for high tea
For you and your BFF to really to really relax and enjoy a nice day, I suggest looking into Gryphon D’Or on Monkland for a high tea. They offer high-quality tea and great little finger foods for you and your BFF to relax over. Not only will you relax but you will also enjoy a nice day out.
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."
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
“In the past 12 months, the search volume for ‘best brunch in Montreal’ has gone up by a huge 1,588%, showing that Montrealers are big fans of two meals combined,” it continues.
“11.97% of restaurants in this city serve brunch, and they have an average rating of 4.19. Of all the reviews, 53.32% are excellent, compared to the 3.31% that are terrible. We’re suddenly really in the mood for some Canadian bacon.”
“Not only would the late timings be kinder on a delicate stomach, but the meal was also supposed to be a chance to share stories of Saturday night’s ragers – or whatever the 1800s equivalent was – with friends. From this, the modern tradition of brunch was born. Thanks, Guy,” money.co.uk says.
And with demand increasing by 1,730% over the past year, Montreal’s desire for bottomless brunch has seen the greatest increase of anywhere in the world.
Downtown Montreal's Christmas market, the Grand Marché de Noël, is making its long-awaited return — and it's bringing part of Alsace with it.
This holiday season, the market in the Quartier des spectacles will include a makeshift neighbourhood inspired by the French region known for its German roots and charming medieval architecture.
The centrepiece of the market will, of course, be a giant illuminated Christmas tree.
The Grand Marché de Noël will be just one of three large Christmas events in the city this year. The Atwater and Jean-Talon markets are also set to host a collection of local vendors in holiday-themed huts.
In total, according to organizing company La Lutinerie, over 100 artisans and producers will be selling their goods.
La Lutinerie promises mulled wine and churros to keep you warm and filled with holiday cheer.