Even though you may be able to skate to work/school, the icy sidewalks aren't a true substitute for a real skating rink. One would think that with all of the ice everywhere the city's many skating rinks would all be open, but the oposite is true. Thankfully, one page will tell you the status of your borough's rink.
Right on the Ville de Montreal's website, you can find out if the skating rink closest to you is open, cleared, sprayed, resurfaced, and its overall condition. Skating rinks are divided by borough, which will make your life easier the next time you want to go skating and don't feel like hauling it to the Old Port or Olympic Stadium.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.