Montreal is quite low on the pet friendly totem poll compared to other cities, yet there are a few entrepreneurs that are blazing a trail and creating pet friendly businesses that welcome all guests, including your furrier four-legged friends. Don't spend another Saturday night chowing down on General Tao while watching a rerun of friends on Netflix while Fido is snoring away at your feet.
From pet friendly pubs to dog friendly cafes check out my guide to the very pet best of Montreal…
Get the goods fresh from the oven and share a treat with your furry friend on Pain d'Epi's quaint terrace! These treats are unbeatable! Locals love to indulge in these fresh baked breads and desserts! I'm being a bit vague about the goods themselves because they're all fantastic! No need for specifics here!
The St-Ambroise Terrasse, located along the Lachine Canal, is a dog-friendly terrace that serves fresh, local beer and cider, along with your favorite bar food and snacks such as grilled burgers, and nachos. Don't be surprised if the staff brings out a bowl of water for your furry friend. Just be sure to keep your dog on its leash.
Located in the historic district of Griffintown, it is one of the largest industrial micro breweries in Montreal. Enjoy a comforting and satisfying culinary experience where you can choose from a wide selection of dishes at affordable prices. Be sure to make reservations seeing that dogs are only allowed on the terrace and there is a limited amount of space.
Burgundy Lion doesn't have a policy that says yes or no to dogs, but as per the staff, they are always willing to let a leashed, well-behaved four-legged patron onto their front or back terrace. This popular british pub's staff was welcoming enough to let our little English bully, not once, but several times, accompany us into their pub to dine on either of their terraces. They even treated him to a doggy sized portion of scrambled eggs served in the company of our breakfast dishes. The staff was incredibly kind and they made our little four-legged companion feel like one of the regulars.
The Old Port is generally the place to be on a summer day or night when the weather is warm. Terraces are open and the drinks are flowing. At most of the terraces on De La Commune your small or large four-legged friend is welcome. Although none of the restaurants, bars, or cafes has a dog policy in place, the staff tends to turn a blind eye to your pooch as long as he remains on his leash and is well behaved. I usually just tie my furry friend to one of the legs of my chair and he lies down until the bill is paid. Some of the staff is enough kind enough to bring him a bowl of water or a small ‘doggie entrée’ to reward his good behaviour.
49th Parallel will be opening its doors on Friday, July 16 starting at 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be handing out free Beignes Lucky's to all customers.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to check out the spot if you ask me!
Plus, there will also be "coffee blends exclusive to the Old Montreal location, in addition to fan-favourite blends such as the Old School Espresso, Longitude 123°W Blend, and Organic French Roast" to try, so any coffee lover will be happy to take a trip over.
When: Officially opens Friday, July 16
Address: 488, rue McGill, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see if British Columbian coffee can compete with Montreal flavours — and for a free donut on opening day!
Having locked in plans with his friends to help with the proposal on July 2 and without expecting the Canadiens to still be in the playoffs, McCooeye planned to decorate a beach near the Pointe-Claire windmill with thousands of LED lights and pop the question.
But the Canadiens' playoff winning streak proved inconvenient to his plan because much like the rest of the city, the couple were gripped with Habs fever.
"My proposal plan was virtually out the window at this point, and I really considered changing the date and plan entirely," said McCooeye.
"I was scrambling and freaking out, trying to think of a way to watch the game and also pull off my proposal on the originally intended date and time."
So, he thought, "what if I convinced her that there was a projected broadcast of the game at the Pointe-Claire windmill, which was right beside the spot of beach where I was going to propose?"
In order for his plan to work, McCooeye first had to photoshop an Instagram post that claimed that the windmill was hosting a screening of a Stanley Cup Final game.
"If she was to see MTL Blog saying that there was a game being broadcast at the Pointe-Claire windmill, that would probably convince her," he said.
"Come Friday, the plan was in motion."
McCooeye enlisted their group of friends and even a waiter at a bar for the adorably elaborate ruse. In the end, he pulled it off masterfully.
"We walked towards the windmill, and on our way, we arrived at the entrance to the hidden beach where I was going to propose," he said.
"At that point, she said something to the effect of 'pretty cool that MTL Blog posted about this.' I [...] responded 'oh, you mean that MTL Blog post that you knew was fake and you scrolled through your Instagram to check? Because you might have been right about that.'"
Remember back in elementary school when spending time in the cafeteria was the best part of your school day? Well, at Time Out Market Montreal, we get to relive that childhood love for cafeterias — just in a much classier manner.
This culinary hot spot is officially opening again on Friday, July 2 with some new restaurants. I got to go try dishes from some new places yesterday and here's what I thought!
Naturally, I started to get pretty full after these two meals. But, I still made sure to leave room to try Le Blossom's salmon poke bowl. I forgot to take a photo of it first though, which tells you how good it was since I couldn't wait.
Other new restaurants that I didn't have space in my stomach to try include Campo, Tunnel Espresso and Le P'tit Dip.
"These were not cute storybook Eric Carle's 'hungry caterpillar' but rather something out of a horror movie," she said. "One or two would be sweet but to see each tree coated with these critters made us uneasy."
Experts told MTL Blog the bugs are most likely LDD moth (Lymantria dispar dispar) caterpillars, an invasive species that has been defoliating trees and pooping everywhere across Quebec, Ontario and the northeastern United States this year.
The moths, commonly known as "gypsy moths," were first brought to North America in 1869 by French artist Étienne Trouvelot, according to an online resource from the University of Wisconsin.
Without "many natural enemies," the moths were able to expand beyond Trouvelot's suburban Boston backyard to become "one of the most important insect pests of forest and shade trees in the eastern United States," the university explains.
McGill university insect pathologist Dr. Gary Dunphy told MTL Blog that, due to the natural ebb and flow of the population, LDD moth outbreaks occur every seven to 10 years.
They like trees such as oak, white pine, white spruce and birch, according to a fact sheet from the Invasive Species Centre.
Also, the caterpillars' tiny bodies are covered in hairs, called setae, which can cause a rash "somewhat like poison ivy," in some people, though it can be treated with antihistamines and over-the-counter medication, said Dunphy.
"The setae or hairs of the insets may elicit rashes several months after the larvae are gone, the hairs being entrapped in tree bark," he said.
They also poop everywhere and their feces, known as frass, makes an audible sound as it falls like rain, covering outdoor furniture, clothes and hair.
Like all LDD moth outbreaks, this year's problem will take care of itself as fungal and viral infections reduce their population, entomologist Gard Otis told MTL Blog.
"But we don't know what next year will bring," he said. "We don't know if the virus is going to sweep through this year and kill them. Or if we're going to have another high number next year before the virus takes them down."
Some communities spray a bacterial insecticide called BTK to control the pests, which "though totally harmless to your pets, to your children, and to yourself," can harm the food chain as it kills all moth and butterfly species.
"That's the insects that provide all the food for your little baby birds," said Otis. "Most of the songbirds here are feeding their young with caterpillars. So, what are they going to feed on?"
He said a more environmentally-friendly defence involves wrapping a burlap sack around the trunk of any tree in need of protection.
"What happens is the caterpillars crawl down out of the tree and rest on the trunk in the daytime. And they like to hide so they hide in the burlap and then you just shake them off into soapy water and that kills him," said Otis.
"So, if you have a few trees that you're worried about, you could do that and cut the infestation back to the point where it's not going to seriously harm them."
As for the caterpillars' long-term effect on the trees, themselves, Otis suggested that repeated visits can cause some damage.
"You have too many gypsy moths for too many years, a few trees will die, but most of them will bounce back."