This summer the weather has been seriously letting us down. We were expecting to horrible escape the winter cold and be rewarded with sun and warmth all summer long. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out like that.
So that's why we need to take initiative and make this summer great regardless of the weather. The best way to do this is take all those ideas of things that you always wanted to do in Montreal and do them.
Lucky for us, the summer in Montreal is jam packed with festivals, events, markets especially in July. If you're looking for something special to do with your boo on any day of the month, then this list has got you covered!
1. Stroll through giant outdoor sidewalk sale at Saint Hubert Plaza starting today at 10 am to bargain with street vendors, watch some amazing outdoor entertainment and free concerts.
2. Did you wish you could take your significant other to Cirque du Soleil this year but just couldn't afford it? Well instead bring your bae to Montreal's Circus Street festival starting July 6th until July 16th.
3. This Friday July 7th you can't miss Montreal's largest street food festival. First Fridays will have hundreds of food trucks outside Olympic stadium serving up some of the best eats in the city.
4. There is a huge Caribbean parade happening this Saturday the 8th. Enjoy tons of music, vibrant colours and excitement downtown all day long.
5. After you've enjoyed tons of excitement downtown, take your bae out for a romantic rooftop dinner at Les Enfants Terrible.
6. Then head out for some dancing and great live DJs at Newspeak.
7. If you and your bae love comic books then get your outfits ready for Montreal's Commicon happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
8. Montreal's Firework Competition is now in full swing and is happening this Saturday night starting at 10pm. The featured country is Italy and is bound to impress!
9. On Sunday, have a chill day in the sand and sun at Clock Tower Beach in the Old Port. Entrance is only $2!
10. Once you're done sunning yourselves head out for a fun afternoon of bucket drinks and good music at Picnik Electronik this Sunday.
1. On July 11th you must check out Nuits D'Afriques which will feature tons of amazing artists playing at Paterre du Quartier until July 23rd.
2. If you and your bae love to make those connections and network, then head out to the Old Port on July 12th until July 15th for Startupfest.
3. Also starting on July 12th is Montreal's infamous Just For Laughs Festival. Check out their lineup here to find when your favourite comedian is hitting the stage.
4. If yoga is your passion check out this free yoga class happening on July 12th at Place Emilie-Gamelin.
5. On July 13th you need to head downtown for the start of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival. See some of the best genre films from Asia, Europe, North America and more.
6. Saint Catherine Street is holding a huge sidewalk sale starting July 14th to 16th. Score some deals and eat some great street food!
7. After you've explored the streets of downtown Montreal and scored some unbeatable deals, head over to Bouffons Montreal food festival. It's an open air gastro-village with a beach, picnic tables and tons of delicious eats!
8. After you've enjoyed a week packed full of events and activities, take some time off to relax at Bota Bota Spa Sur L'Eau. Have a relaxing massage, soak in the hot tubs and sweat it out in the saunas.
9. If you've got some extra cash to spend, I suggest treating your bae to an exciting night out at Cirque Du Soleil's Volta. Their tent will be stationed in Montreal until July 23rd and tickets range from $50 to $295.
10. On July 15th hit up Barfly for a free show featuring Scarfold, Fragmented, Public Outsiders and more.
1. This July until August 11th is Marche des Possibles, an open-air market happening in the Mile End. They have a beer garden, live music, film screenings, a farmer's market and so much more!
2. Starting on July 18th at the PHI Centre is a show called Lucid Realities happening until December 16th. It's a special show allowing visitors to "step inside dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and recollections".
3. On Wednesday evenings check out the McCord Museum for free! Enjoy the art with your bae without breaking the bank.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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."
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.