No one likes going back to school after the summer's over, and starting a real job in September isn't necessarily so fun either. Chances are you've tried to make the most of your summer while you had the chance, but here is a list of last-minute things to do before you really can't take the time off anymore.

1. Go crazy one last time

Once you're in school or working like a real person it can be hard to go out partying during the week. Take advantage of the summer while you still can, by going somewhere like the Sainte-Elisabeth on a Monday night or Foufs on a Thursday night - both are super cheap.


2. Do some last-minute shopping

We all "need" a new wardrobe when it comes time to go back to school, so why not fit in a binge shopping trip? Take on St Catherine or Sherbrooke for something super chic, but if you're on a budget Montreal also has a great variety of thrift shops to check out.


Photo cred - Saute Moutons

3. Go on a boat ride

Another way to go crazy would be to take a boat ride before it gets too cold. Oh, not a regular boat ride though. Saute Moutons offers the ultimate jet boating experience in the Old Port and on the Lachine rapids. It's not for the faint of heart!


4. Go to the beach

Literally nothing says summer like spending a day at the beach, so take advantage of what Montreal has to offer when it comes to beaches. Parc Jean-Drapeau has a beach that is open until September 7th, with a crazy new obstacle course on the water, and Oka's beach is only about a 40-minute drive from Montreal, where you can also rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats.


5. Spend an evening at Jardins Gamelin

I know it's been said time and time again, but that's because Jardins Gamelin is the chillest place to be on a summer night. All the lights in the park are so pretty when the sun goes down and the beer is reasonably priced, so grab a group of friends and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere all the way until October 4th.

6. Catch up on some reading

You'll need to do a bit of relaxing before school starts, and if you feel like doing a bit of reading, Argo Bookshop should be your go-to place. Around since 1966, they provide many teachers with their reading lists as well as a wide selection of classics and new arrivals. Another great place to relax and read a bit would be the Westmount Public Library, a beautiful building with an equally beautiful greenhouse.


7. Take a road trip

It doesn't have to be far, but a road trip is a great way to take a mini vacation without having to spend too much money. Check out some destinations not too far from Montreal, otherwise if you want to escape the province altogether then Ottawa, Toronto, and Niagara Falls all make great getaways.

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