So if you haven’t already noticed, it’s really REALLY cold. Not being a native to Montreal, I find the winter to be an immense struggle. I have adopted some of the Montrealer's ways, which is a necessity when living in the tundra. However, I can’t help but notice that me and my other foreign pals will stick out like sore thumbs in the snow whenever we do these things.
1. Impractical Clothing
A Montreal winter will make you incapable of dressing yourself. Whether it be wearing 11 sweaters, or thinking it’s still appropriate to wear pantyhose when it’s -35 degrees. For the 4 – 5 months of winter, you won’t look cute.
2. Slow Walking
Seriously, ice can be a terrifying thing. Especially when the city leaves it for weeks to pile up into an enormous mass. To combat our fear of slipping and dying, we move very VERY slowly. Kinda like a baby deer learning to walk. But worse.
Despite all the efforts we take not to fall, we do. A lot. Be prepared for people to laugh and/or think that you’ve seriously injured yourself.
4. Complaining About The Cold More Than Anyone Else
If we’re cold you will know. Non-Montrealers will make it very clear that we are displeased and will expect immediate action to be taken. You can't blame us, it's not our fault that we’re not used to this kind of hellish weather.
5. Avoiding Going Outside At All Costs
Good luck asking any of us to do a favour that involves going outdoors. If we're inside then you are going to have to be pretty convincing to take us away from our heat controlled apartments. Like “The house is on fire’ or “There is a hungry snow leopard in your bed’ are pretty much your only options.
6. Making Fun Of Balaclavas
Fools. They're all fools. Balaclavas are face-warming masterpieces. Anyone who makes fun of them obviously does not know the feeling of having your nostrils freeze over.
7. Drinking Cold Coffee
If you weren’t already aware, there is a time limit for how long coffee will stay warm in the outdoors. Anything over ten minutes is a big no-no. That friend who is always whining about how their coffee is cold is clearly being stupid and lingering outside. You shouldn't feel bad.
8. Texting Outside
Removing your mittens and rifling through your bag to get your phone is a mistake. Frostbite makes texting pretty difficult anyways. The message that, let's face it, is probably from your mom, can wait until you get home. We promise.
I’m sorry but no stupid rodent is going to determine when winter is over.The beloved furry weatherman is always wrong and not even cute to look at. Besides, Montreal doesn’t experience spring until April. Don’t let it get your hopes up only to have them shattered.
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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."
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
You can even filter through different brands, formulas, skin types and ratings which is a huge time-saver. Now that your skin looks amazing, you can get back to doing all your favourite winter activities feeling comfortable and confident.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.