Everyone needs to move now and again, and finding a good, trustworthy, fair-priced moving service can sometimes be a tough process. The big companies mentioned are a part of the Canadian Association of Movers or Association des demenageurs du Quebec , are fully insured, above board, etc. The small ones were personally used by MTLblog staff. The Craigslist options are just a link to the constantly changing page of "labor & moving" on Montreal's Craigslist -- probably some good movers to be found. With all movers, always ask for a written estimate, contact, and photograph all your belongings beforehand just to be safe.
One look at Archie's website gives you all you need to know. This guy has is strong, smart, nice, and fair. His crew are good, his prices are excellent, and his knowledge of furniture assembly/disassembly is top-notch.
It's no question that summer is a favourite season in Montreal — and with good reason. Once the sun arrives, the city comes alive with plenty of sights to see, things to do and places to go.
Summer 2021 promises to be especially fun because, after a year and a bit of being cooped up indoors, what could be better than soaking up Montreal at its finest?
The sunny season is also known for another Montreal tradition: moving day. With July 1 being when most new leases begin, the end of June is a flurry of activity as people move out and move in all across the city.
Whether you're new to Montreal, are just moving across town, or are simply looking for ways to make this summer an unforgettable one, there are tons of ways to appreciate Montreal.
Pepsi® can help you do just that with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. With weekly chances to win $10,000 plus instant prizes like barbecue grills, bicycles, paddleboards and merch, this contest is just what this Montreal summer calls for.
Look out for specially marked Pepsi cola products, and get ready to make the most of summer with these seven activities that prove why living in Montreal is the best.
Why You Need To Do It: With over 3,000 kilometres of bikeways, the island and Greater Montreal are a cyclist's dream. Not only is biking a fun, efficient and eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B, but it's also a great way to explore the city.
If you're in need of wheels, you might want to try your luck with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Pepsi is giving away a new bicycle along with loads of other instant prizes.
Why You Need To Do It: If you think you need to be beachside to paddleboard, think again. The still waters of Parc Jean-Drapeau make it the perfect place to go for a paddle.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, getting on the water is a fun way to discover Montreal and maybe even meet new people.
Why You Need To Do It: Mont-Royal remains one of the city's most popular destinations. Not only is it accessible via walking or transit, but it also offers hiking trails that are suitable for all levels.
Pack that knapsack (like the one you could win with Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest) with all your favourite hiking goodies. Don't forget your camera because you're going to want to take a pic or two once you reach the top.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has some of the best museums in the world. No matter what you're interested in, there is an exhibition that will pique your interests (and get you out of the summer heat).
The recently refurbished Biodôme houses five diverse ecosystems where you can see everything from penguins to exotic birds. The city's history museum, Pointe-à-Callière, has exhibits spanning First Nations history to the modern day. And for art buffs, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal showcases works from local and international artists.
Why You Need To Do It: Summers are made for grilling and chilling. Whether you're a fan of a classic steak, some grilled chicken breast or know the perfect recipe for seared aubergine, there's always something delicious to sink your teeth into at a barbecue.
While you don't necessarily need a backyard to have a barbecue, you do need a grill. Fortunately, Pepsi is giving some away with their Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has an iconic arts and culture scene. Wandering around the city and exploring street art is a feast for the eyes and a great way to get to know the place.
Boulevard St-Laurent, in particular, is known for its murals and graffiti. There's lots of art to be found in Quartier des Spectacles, too. Whether you're solo or with your crew, this is one way to have a picturesque summer.
However you find yourself celebrating summer in Montreal, if you pick up a Pepsi, you might just win some cool prizes like a barbecue grill, bikes, paddleboards or tons of merch. Not to mention a chance to win a weekly prize of $10,000 — which could help you deck out new digs.
Keep your eyes peeled for specially marked Pepsi products with on-pack codes as part of the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. All you have to do to enter is redeem your code for a chance to win.
To make matters more complicated, a statement from the City of Montreal says that the number of available units has decreased significantly over the years with the vacancy rate in Montreal slightly above 3%, compared to 1.6% last year.
"We are currently faced with a situation where the housing that is reappearing on the market does not match the ability to pay of the majority of renters," said Robert Beaudry, the city's executive committee member responsible for housing and real estate strategy.
"That is why we recommend that Montreal tenants renew their leases, if possible. If not, before terminating their lease, they should make sure they have signed a new one."
If you've received a notice for a rent increase, you have one month to respond in writing.
If you refuse the increase, your landlord can either try to negotiate with you or ask the Tribunal administratif du logement to determine the rent. In that case, your rent will stay the same until the Tribunal makes its decision, and you have the right to remain in your home.
Whatever your situation, make sure to keep dated and signed proof of all your communications with your landlord. You are not obligated to accept a rent increase if it seems excessive.
Your landlord will have to prove that their repossession respects the rules
If you've received a notice of repossession, the City of Montreal says it's possible your landlord wants to occupy the property or have it occupied by a member of their immediate family.
You are under no obligation to accept. If you refuse to leave your home, your landlord can appeal your decision to the Tribunal administratif du logement, but they will have to prove that the repossession respects the rules.
If you lose your case, you can still be entitled to compensation and accommodation.
If you get evicted, you're entitled to compensation equivalent to three months’ rent and moving costs
If you've received a notice for eviction or to subdivide, enlarge or change your dwelling, you can contest the justification for the eviction.
To do so, you have to file an application directly with the Tribunal administratif du logement in the month following the notice you received.
If the Tribunal decides that the eviction is justified, you are entitled to three months’ rent and reasonable moving costs.
You have a right to return to your home after an evacuation for major work or repairs
If your landlord asks you to temporarily leave your home to carry out work for more than one week, a notice must be sent to you at least three months prior to the work being done.
If you are asked to vacate the premises for less than a week, a notice must be sent 10 days before.
Regardless of how long you're being asked to evacuate, you are entitled to compensation. Once the work is completed, you have the right to return to your home in good condition and under the same conditions.
You can't be refused as a tenant for any reason other than the inability to pay rent
The only reason a landlord can refuse to rent a dwelling is if a potential tenant is deemed unable to pay the rent, and the landlord must be able to prove it.
However, provincial housing laws indicate that "the occupants of a dwelling shall be of such a number as to allow each of them to live in normal conditions of comfort and sanitation" — so depending on how many renters you are and the space of the dwelling, you could be denied a lease.
The city has the authority to intervene if your landlord doesn't resolve a sanitary issue
If you're having sanitation issues with your home, such as vermin, bedbugs or mould, ask your landlord to address the issue immediately.
If the situation isn't resolved within a reasonable timeframe, the city advises you to call your borough at 311, and has the authority to intervene to ensure decent living conditions.
There's nothing Montrealers love more than exploring the natural beauty all around, like the dreamy fields of Bleu Lavande. Moving to a new location less than an hour and a half from the city, it's the perfect place to go when you're in need of an escape not just in the summer, but now throughout the year.
MTL Blog reached out to Bleu Lavande to learn all about its plans for the new season and its new location.
Although the lavender season is only in the summer (the plants will be cut mid-fall), that doesn't mean it isn't worth the drive to the Eastern Townships throughout the year.
Partnering with Moment Factory, Bleu Lavande will offer an immersive experience — even in the off-season — called Champs Chromatiques ("Chromatic Fields"), an indoor simulation emulating the sights and sounds of the lavender fields swaying in the wind.
The installation is described as a multisensory, "immersive and interactive multimedia experience" where visitors are invited to "bathe in the colours, sounds and gentle movements of an infinite lavender field."
There will also be an educational spot inside to learn more about horticulture and the history of Bleu Lavande.
When does Bleu Lavande open?
The new location will officially open this year, although no official date has been given.
For now, the plan is to open in late-May.
As for pricing, admission is as follows (before tax):
Seniors (65 and older): $12
Students (18-25, must present a valid student card): $12
Teens (13-17): $8, free if accompanied by an adult
Children (12 and under): Free
Family Package one (one adult with children/teens): $15
Family Package two (two adults with children/teens): $30
Summer pass: $25
Who's excited to discover the beautiful new Bleu Lavande?
Address: 2525, rue Principal O. (route 112), Magog, QC
Why You Need To Go: For a totally reimagined lavender experience in the Eastern Townships.
Grocery stores and pharmacies can deliver during curfew hours
It's not just restaurants that can deliver after curfew!
The government says grocery stores, restaurants, and drugstores can make deliveries at their convenience, regardless of the curfew, while abiding by public health regulations.
Avoid taking your children to stores as much as possible
The government recommends that parents leave children at home as much as possible when frequenting grocery stores or other stores currently open across Quebec.
There is no food shortage in Quebec, but food prices may rise due to COVID-19
The government of Quebec states on its website that no food or sanitary product shortage is in sight.
However, it says that in the exceptional circumstances we're currently experiencing, it is possible that food product prices will fluctuate and that the food industry is facing significant challenges right now.
You don't have to wash your produce with vinegar or anything other than water
All you need to do to wash produce is rinse with water and scrub the surfaces of the food. There is no need for detergent, the government says.
The government site also says that it's better to buy unpackaged produce since the packaging of fruits and vegetables increases the amount of handling by food establishment operators.
You're supposed to wash your mask every time you wear it
The government says that as soon as you get home, you should put your mask in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry, wash it in warm water with regular laundry detergent, and wash your hands after handling it.
It also says to make sure the mask is completely dry before you use it again.
The coronavirus is destroyed at high heat temperatures, such as when food is heated up at a high setting
Fun fact: COVID-19 can be destroyed at high temperatures, like when food is microwaved at the highest setting or when it's cooked in the oven.
Freezing, on the other hand, is not an effective way to neutralize the virus.
It's important to remember that the virus is not spread through what we eat or drink, but by infected droplets that we breathe in or that come in contact with the mucous membranes of our eyes, the government site states.