Let's face it folks, winter is coming, quickly, and once the cold weather arrives, it isn't going nowhere for more than a few months, which can seem like a never-ending period of cold with no glimmer of hope or heat.
The solution to many Montrealers is simply to escape the cold by heading to the heat, and taking a vacation to southern cities like Miami. Most of us don't have the cash to fund such an excursion, but thankfully, CorporateStays.com makes a winter excursion much more financially possible.
CorporateStays.com is kind of like AirBnB, but for the higher class traveler taking apartments and renting them out to tourists, only CS makes their offered lodging much nicer than the random AirBnB host. Not only are their apartments right on the beach, they also have free WiFi, laundry machines, and fully-equipped kitchens, with most having pools and gyms too. They've even got a mobile app and a concierge service.
You could, of course, do the same by renting a hotel, you know, if you want to pay double or triple more. Hotels in South Beach can cost upwards of $200/night (many over $300) whereas all CorporateStays.com apartments cost a fraction of that, at $99 a night for MTL Blog readers. Due to their generosity, the team at CorporateStays.com has given exclusive deals to Montrealers who want to go to South Beach Miami (because where else would we want to go??) Not only do you save tons of cash every night, but you actually get to stay in an apartment that has some personal character, and isn't a soulless hotel room.
In addition, all apartments are included with a concierge service as well as top quality furnishing. You can even download their app and speak to a representative first hand.
A short reprieve from the intense cold of Montreal winter is nearly a necessity to most, and CorporateStays.com makes it all the more possible. After buying your plane ticket, lodging is pretty much taken care of. Split with a friend or two, and you're only paying around $30 a night, meaning you have more money to spend on food, drinks, and all the fun Miami has to offer.
Find out more about CorporateStays.com at their Facebook page and official website. Don't get trapped in Montreal for all of winter, and start planning your escape to the warm weather now.
Attention party animals: on September 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., Montreal's corgis and their owners will be gathering in a downtown park for a special day of fun and fluffy butts.
Organizer YATAI MTL is launching the pooch party after successfully hosting a Shiba Inu gathering in June as part of Montreal's first-ever Japan Week celebrations.
Among the highlights of the Shiba gathering was the presence of "Kombu the Corgi" an adorable fellow "who tried to infiltrate" the Shiba-only affair and underlined the need for a corgi party, reads the invite.
To keep the event from being too overcrowded – as it's sure to be the social event of the year for Montreal's corgis and their people – guests must pre-register and organizers are only disclosing the venue a few days in advance.
Admission is free and the event will be postponed until September 12 in case of rain.
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Tired of your wages being devoured by your rent? It may be time to move to Quebec City.
The provincial capital has been named the least expensive place to rent out of the top 24 most populous metropolitan areas in Canada, with a one-bedroom apartment going for a very reasonable $790, according to Zumper's monthly Canadian Rent Report.
That's $90 cheaper than the next most affordable city, St. John's, N.L. — where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $880 — despite Quebec City seeing the largest monthly rental growth rate in the country at 5.3%.
On the other end of the spectrum, Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia, have been deemed the most expensive cities for renters, where you can expect to pay $2,000 and $1,750 for a one-bedroom apartment, respectively, knocking Toronto out of the top two spots, "for the first time ever," according to the report.
In Montreal — the eleventh most expensive city on the list, just behind Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario – median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was down 5.6% from last year at $1,360, while rent for a two-bedroom was unchanged at $1,800, according to the report.
But overall, rent is going up: "16 cities experienced rents on an upward trend, 5 markets went downward, and 3 remained flat. The Canadian rental market seems to be recovering steadily as the trend of growing rent prices in the majority of markets has continued from the previous 2 months," the report states.
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.'"
Swing By This Sandy Beach In The Middle Of Downtown
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.