In our great country we only get summer for 3 months of the year, which flat out sucks. The end is coming quick and the best way to stretch it out is taking a nice trip to a warm destination. Even missing the first week of school (there's never anything important during the first week anyways) is a good alternative for broke-ass students who can't afford to pay top dollar for an all-inclusive. Here are some good old travel deals that are easy to find for Montrealer's desperate to peace-out before fall comes back.
1. Casa Marina Dominican Republic (around 750$)
Classic all-inclusive vacation. Beautiful resort where the rum flows like water and the water is warm like the sun. Who doesn't want to spend a week getting drunk on Mamajuana on the beach while the sun turns your skin a beautiful golden brown!? EH?
This is obviously not a beach getaway, BUT the price is to crazy not to mention. This site is great, they plan group travel with transport, accommodations, and tours included, so that every participant can benefit from group rates.
Ahhhh... Fort Lauderdale... The province of Quebec in the States. You're more likely to run into your neighbour here then at the grocery store. But we can't be blamed, it really is a great place to vacation. You get the beach but you also get the shopping that wouldn't be found at an all-inclusive.
4. Air Canada Hotel Deal in Nice (around 100$/night)
This is a hotel deal offered by Air Canada for a stay in Nice. 7 nights in the French Riviera is perfect for anybody. Food, drinks, and the ocean, is all anyone could ask for before going back to school/work. Also this sea side vacation differs from the all inclusive since it's located in the middle of a beautiful European country.
Grand Paradise resort is not the biggest resort and it's located in the small region of Samana in Dominican Republic. It's the all-inclusive classic but since the area is not as populated, the natural surroundings are so much more beautiful then staying in the capitol city.
New Orleans!! One of the greatest North American party cities. Land of beads, voodoo, and cajun cooking. Not only is there an incredible amount of historic beauty here, but the nightlife is crazy, the French Quarter being a centre for culture and drinking at the same time. Talk about a great American city.
Here is another group deal ticket at an amazing price. It's not a flight deal, the Greyhound Bus leaves from Montreal. The ticket includes 4nights and 3days, 3 cities, and all kinds of guided tours. On this website, the package deals give wiggle room with the option of extending your stay at the hotel for a discounted price so you can still adjust your trip according to what you're interests are.
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."
The weather in Montreal is getting colder and snow storms are on the horizon. But luckily, there are some Black Friday travel deals you can take advantage of with Air Transat.
According to their website, Air Transat is offering discount flight deals for less than $300. There's also a number of tropical beach locations you can get to for as little as $441 and European cities you can get lost in for as little as $650. But it's important to note that these Black Friday deals end November 28.
Among the places you can visit for less than $300 are New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale, which means you could avoid freezing temperatures altogether and relish the holiday season by the water.
However, if you're unable to book a flight during the holidays, there are a few tropical beach locations you can get to in the $400 range include Varadero, Santa Clara, Cayo Coco and Holguin. You can kick off the start of 2022 with a tan that will make your friends jealous.
If you're more into European architecture, museums, art and culture, you could venture off to Lisbon and/or Paris. Instead of walking in minus zero temperatures or slipping on ice on your daily commute, you can spend part of 2022's more frigid days taking pics in front of the Eiffel Tower. Maybe even run into Cristiano Ronaldo if he's back in Portugal to take a break from Manchester United.
Transat also offers low-cost couples package deals to all-inclusive hotels. An example of this is a stay at the Hotel Playa Coco Santa Maria in Cuba for $649 per adult.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
According to a new study put out by the EasyPark Group, Montreal is among the top 20 smartest cities in the world, coming in at number 17 among cities with a metro area population of over 3 million people.
EasyPark's Smart & Sustainable Cities Index ranks cities around the world based on data that factors in "digital life, mobility innovation, business tech infrastructure, and sustainability."
With an overall ranking of 82.24 out of 100, Montreal ranked just under cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, and our mortal frenemies, Toronto, which came in 12th place.
First up, in the "digital life" category, Montreal got scores above 80 for "citizen adoption" and "health care innovation." Where we lagged behind was in the "government adoption" and "tech education" subcategories.
Next, in "mobility innovation," our city got big scores for "traffic management" and for our "clean transport" infrastructure. Meanwhile, "parking innovation" got a relatively low score of 73.41 out of 100.
For "business tech infrastructure," Montreal lost a lot of points in the "business innovation" subcategory, claiming only 57.92. It was also held back by its "internet connectivity" score but gained ground with a cool 86.08 out of 100 on the "e-payments" subcategory.
Finally, Montreal was also unfortunately held back by its low-70s scores for its "climate response," "waste management" and "green buildings." Our city made up for these low marks with its performance in the "green energy" subcategory, with a score of 85.62 out of 100.