I don't know about you guys, but to me, there's just something about lilacs that scream Montreal. Not only do they smell - and look - amazing, but they're also kind of a symbol for spring in the city (aka the end of winter/the beginning of pure, seasonal happiness).
Although there are tons of spots to check out Montreal's gorgeous lilac trees, there are certain areas where you're guaranteed to get a good look at these pretty purple flowers - and where you're guaranteed to impress your date, too. Curious as to what I'm talking about? Well, don't worry. I've got your back, friends.
Alright, raise your hand if you've been to Westmount Park. Is your hand raised? If it's not, then TBH, I feel kind of bad for you.
This spot not only has an ace location - right in the heart of Westmount - and a vast expanse of pretty green space (which includes a beautiful pond), but it also just so happens to be one of the best places in the city to go on a lilac-spotting date. With tons of vibrant trees for you and your S/O to admire, theres seriously no way you could go wrong in spending the day at this Westmount park.
At this stage in the game, I'm super sure that you know about the Botanical Gardens. But, honestly, this spot is just too perfect not to write about.
Pretty much heaven for anyone who loves flowers, plants, or nature in general, the Botanical Gardens has got tons of gorgeous tress and flowers for you to check out - including their super pretty lilac trees. Although the Botanical Gardens are beautiful at basically any time of the year, they've got an especially romantic feel around this time of year, perfect for that first (or second, or third) date.
Located in Montreal's Plateau, right near the mountain, Jeanne-Mance Park is an awesome spot to chill, have a picnic, or do pretty much anything.
Including take a date, of course; and if you and your date are down to scope out Montreal's beyond gorgeous lilac trees, then this is the spot for you. Bonus points if you're down for a couples' jog, too, since Jeanne-Mance Park is also a fantastic jogging spot.
Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory is a lot of things: Canada's biggest church, a basilica, a Canadian National Historic Site, and one of the places that Montreal is pretty much well-known for.
But did you know that it's also an awesome spot to check out beautiful, blooming lilac trees? Seriously. The Oratory's outdoor garden is honestly breathtakingly beautiful, and features tons of gorgeous greenery, including a handful of pretty lilac trees. Oh, and for added bonus points, you can make a whole day out of it. Check out the trees; check out the Oratory; enjoy your summer date, it's all good.
Honestly, what's there not to love about Jarry Park? It's legit got everything an awesome park should have - and then some.
Like what, you ask? Like a huge, gorgeous water fountain; a seriously awesome gazebo; a pool; green space... Pretty much anything you could possibly ask for, TBH. Oh, and not to mention their gorgeous lilac trees, blooming pretty much everywhere throughout the park. So, go ahead. Pick a spot, get comfy, and prepare to lilac-gaze with bae.
If you've ever been to Montreal's Prince-Arthur Street, then the chances are very high that you know about Square Saint-Louis. The oasis-like respite is pretty much a gorgeous haven for anyone who's down to take a second to relax in the middle of Montreal's super busy Plateau.
And it also happens to be an awesome spot to peep some seriously gorgeous lilacs. Although the flowers tend to mostly bloom around the perimeter of the park, you can still see some seriously gorgeous blossoms, no matter what vantage point you happen to be taking.
Our city is undoubtedly beautiful during every season, but it truly gains a special charm during fall, which is why we sought out the best places in Montreal to go and admire the colourful leaves right now.
Most of the leaves will have fallen in just a few short weeks, so we need to make the most of the shortest, yet prettiest, season!
Montreal Botanical Garden
Where: 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: The Botanical Garden is stunning during any season, but it truly comes to life during the fall. And it's also absolutely magical at night.
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.