Even though Montreal's Le Sud-Ouest borough might be overlooked by some, in favour of others like Hochelaga, it is a great place to live. Le Sud-Ouest is a cheap place to live in, and although it's not smack in the centre of Montreal, it is close to everything - without the inconveniences of living downtown.
Here are 8 reasons why living in le Sud-Ouest is the best.
You know what's really great about le Sud-Ouest? 10 metro stations make it easy to get anywhere in the city. It only takes about ten minutes to get from one of the further metro stations to downtown, so you can enjoy a night out with friends. Then again, why would you leave the borough when you can get everything right here?
Yes, I know. It sounds massive, and that's because it is. Le Sud-Ouest has 54 parks, including the 97 hectar Angrignon Park, the largest and oldest in the borough. The park has a beautiful lake, places made specifically to walk your dogs and a play area for kids. The borough also has 6 community gardens for you to enjoy.
Although not one of the most popular bridges at the moment, as you can imagine, you can easily access the Champlain bridge without getting stuck in a considerable amount of traffic over a multitude of kilometres to get there. From there you have access to everything the south shore has got for you. Why you'd even want to leave the city is a mystery, but hey, to each their own.
Can you get a 3 1/2 in the Plateau for under a thousand dollars? How about a 2 1/2? Or maybe a room? No? You can in le Sud-Ouest though! You'll enjoy a vast array of historical buildings, nice restaurants as well as beautiful parks for about half the price. Oh, and did we mention metro stations? No need to get lost using the bus system here, folks!
5. Accessibility to the Canal without all the tourists
Where there's the Canal there's Old Port, and where there's Old Port there's tourists. Hundreds of tourists taking pictures of themselves being happy in front of the canal. All summer. Why bother going to the Old Port to see the Canal, when you get the view right near your place? And okay, yeah, access to a bike path that will take you all the way to the Old Port in about 20 minutes. Still, you'll be able to relax a bit more in the Sud-Ouest portion of the Canal.
6. Pretty big selection of restaurants
Why go downtown and pay twice the price of what you can get in le Sud-Ouest for cheaper? Why? The borough has a pretty vast selection of restaurants for you to choose from, ranging from high class restaurants to delicious but cheap pizza joints. Take Machiavelli in Pointe Saint-Charles, where you can eat fancy food for a very reasonable price, or Le Richmond in Griffintown, which has fantastic Italian food, as well as live DJ sets and a very cool interior design.
You know what's neat? Books that cost one dollar and are easily accessible through vending machines. That's what Machin-Ô-Livres is all about. Throughout the borough (mostly near pools and community centers), you can find these vending machines, where you will find used books that cost a dollar. Perfect for light reading in the shade!
8. The Lachine Canal becoming a skating rink next winter
It's almost certain that in a few months the Lachine canal will become a huge skating rink, in the same way the Rideau canal is Ottawa. You'll be able to skate while enjoying a nice view of the city and the historic buildings that border the canal. Yay Sud-Ouest!
Montreal police are reporting that a woman in her 70s has died after a crash threw a car onto the ice of Montreal's Lachine Canal.
According to information from SPVM spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron, the incident began with a collision between a truck and an SUV at the intersection of avenue Dollard and rue Saint-Patrick in the borough of LaSalle at around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Bergeron said the truck was heading north on Dollard in the direction of the canal while the car was heading east on Saint-Patrick, which runs parallel to the waterway.
After the crash, the car went over the banks of the canal. Officers and first responders found it on the ice. The driver, a man in his 70s, was brought to the hospital with what Bergeron called "serious injuries."
Authorities pronounced the woman, a passenger, dead at the scene.
Investigators are trying to piece together the cause of the accident. The police spokesperson said it wasn't clear if road conditions or the sun played a part.
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!
The City of Montreal has announced that it will be moving forward with investments on seven projects that were selected by Montrealers.
The investment will come from the city's first-ever participatory budget, which allowed citizens to choose their favourite projects.
Over a two-year period, $10 million will go to seven projects that got the most overall votes from the population. Six projects will be spread out over 14 boroughs and one project will encompass the entire territory of Montreal.
"What emerges from the selected projects is the importance that people place on improving their living environment, protecting nature in the city and reclaiming public spaces for the benefit of the entire population," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
The following projects were selected for investment:
A budget of $2.7 million will be used for building more than 125 water fountains that will allow for refilling reusable water bottles in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve, Outremont, Saint-Léonard and Ville-Marie.
Located in the heart of one of the city's most bustling terrasse-filled areas, HPG is an absolute oasis for those who want to be part of the action in a more intimate setting, because you and your friends can actually rent it out and have a secret garden all to yourselves! The website recommends using the space for a 5 à 7, brunch, picnic, summer party, dinner or BBQ.
The garden comes with a covered kitchen and bar, ample tables, a lounge and so much more to take any occasion to the next level. You do have to bring your own food and drinks, but you also have the option to bring in your own catering team.
The garden is available to rent for the day ($1,500), a half-day ($700) or by the hour ($10 per person, but not private). It's a huge 4,000-square-foot space, and the hotel allows up to 30 people, so you can always split the cost. A half-day for 30 works out to about $23 per person.