Best And Worst Things About Living In Montreal
Pros VS. Cons!
As Montrealers, we have a whole lot of pride in our city and all the people in it! We sure do have a lot of amazing qualities about us, but every city has some flaws that we can ALL relate to.
Montreal is nearly 400 years old, making it pretty damn old but each year we grow and become a better city for our people. From the unique foods to the huge festivals we host every year, it's hard to argue why someone wouldn't want to live in Montreal.
Best: You Don't Need A Car To Get Around
With the metro, buses and easy access to bikes, a Montrealer can survive their WHOLE life without ever owning a car! This is a huge plus since you save money on gas and car expenses and get to avoid traffic. You can cross the whole island in less than an hour via public transit. Oh, and of course who could forget about walking! Almost everything is within walking distance away from where you work or live. Plus, the bike paths are stunning!
Worst: There Is Construction EVERYWHERE
If you do drive, or even bike, you will more than likely have to take a detour due to the never-ending construction in Montreal. Not only does this cause traffic on the road, but even the construction in metro stations cause back-ups and herds of people. Oh, and the best part about construction is that the city becomes decorated with stunning orange cones! I am almost certain that there are more pylons in Montreal than people.
Best: The Metro Comes Every 5 Minutes (Usually)
When there isn't a delay, the metro runs every five minutes allowing you to get from one place to the next in a flash! I know what you are thinking, there are delays every other day on the STM, but a majority of the time you are already in the metro cart when that happens and the standard delay lasts at most 10 minutes. In addition, Montreal has one of the cheapest metro fares in all of Canada!
Worst: The Stampedes Of Impolite People During Rush Hour
Rush hour is the absolute worst in Montreal! Not just because of the street traffic, but also because of the stampedes of people on the metro making the cart a live can of sardines! Not only does it get hot and smelly, but the people are so rude. They ram you into doors and run right into you. Plus, it is almost impossible to get off the metro without people herding you back in.
Best: Hockey Season
No one loves a good hockey match more than Montrealers! The Montreal Canadians are a HUGE part of Montreal's identity and nothing will ever change that. Hockey season calls for beer, gatherings and celebrations which are all things that make Montreal so special and frankly the BOMB!
Worst: Hockey Season Calls For Winter, Countless Snow Storms & Shitty Snow Removal
Hockey season comes with winter, and winter in Montreal comes with countless snowstorms and obviously AWFUL snow removal. The first snowfall is always lovely, but everything afterward sucks! Not only does the snow removal take forever, but they do it at 7 a.m. and wake you up with a bloody siren that reminds every Montrealer that winter is here.
Best: We Are Full Of Diversity
Montreal is a multicultural city that has people from all over the globe. Almost everyone's parents or grandparents immigrated to Montreal and have made it their home. That means that Montreal is full of diverse restaurants and foods that people elsewhere can only get if they travel millions of miles away.
Worst: We Are Full Of Language Barriers
We speak both English and French which means most newcomers have to learn two languages. Learning any language is difficult, but two is another whole beast! It can be hard to find a job without knowing both.
Best: Streets Are Vibrant With Street Art
Almost all of Montreal's vacant walls are covered in gorgeous street art. This is a huge plus in Monreal because it makes the city vibrant, cultural and full of art that everyone loves to take pics with.
Worst: Streets Are Also Full Of Pot Holes
Unfortunately, most streets are also full of potholes. That means your car is bumping around and flat tires are inevitable. Trying to drive through streets becomes real-life Mario Kart!
Best: You Can Legally Drink In The Park
Montrealer's don't have to worry about getting a ticket for drinking in parks — it's completely legal! Summers in Montreal are full of public park parties that make for the perfect day. You can have a party with all your friend and enjoy a wonderful evening.
Worst: You Can Only Get Beer At The Dep
If you really want to party, then you have to go to the dreadful SAQ to get some hard liquor. Unfortunately, the deps in Montreal only sell beer but the SAQ is always packed and they close too early!
Best: Amazing & Cheap Universities
Montreal is home to six universities that are all a fair price for residents and even those who come abroad. McGill is only around $6,000 a year and Concordia is about a third of that price! Therefore, most Montrealers can receive a good education at fair price.
Worst: Too Many Students
With all these amazing prices and great education opportunities, Montreal is FULL of students which make the nightlife great and the city vibrant and young. But, this comes with packed buses and metros and plenty of drama.
Best: Hundreds Of Unique Restaurants
With all the diversity comes unique restaurants! Not only are they delicious and beautiful, but they are also Instagram-worthy and make for the perfect dates!
Worst: We Always Resort To Getting Poutines, Bagels & Smoked Meat
Even with all this great diversity, Montrealers will always go back to what they know... Poutines, bagels and smoked meat sandwiches. But hey, no one is complaining.
Best: Summer Festivals
Montreal is home to amazing festivals that are honestly huge! Every summer Montreal kills the festival game with Osheaga, IleSoniq, Picnik Electronik and others. You can always expect a crazy and eventful summer in Montreal!
Worst: Fickle Weather
It's always hard to enjoy summer festivals in Montreal with this unpredictable weather. One minute it's hot and sunny and the next it's a damn tornado!