"Like a summer resort, the Guinguettes invite citizens to reclaim the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Lachine Canal and the Rivière des Prairies in a colourful setting: dining tables, lounge chairs, a stage for outdoor shows and lights creating a magnificent evening ambience," the company explained in a press release.
The term "Guinguettes" comes from France and are known as spots to chill, eat, relax and dance. These pop-up terrasses will start opening up in these three locations starting June 9 and admission will be totally free.
Each location will have a vegan restaurant where you'll be able to try burgers, tapas, churros and waffles.
– Parc Jean-Drapeau, from June 19 – October 3*
– Parc de l'Ancienne-cour-de-triage, from June 9 – June 27
– Lien Nord, from July 7 – 25
– Parc Saint-Joseph, from September 15 – October 3
MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
The organization is urging Montrealers and Lavalois.es to "[remain] vigilant when near the water" — and to learn CPR.
"Survival can hinge on how quickly CPR is performed as the survival rate of a person who goes into cardiac arrest decreases by up to 10% for every minute without treatment," Urgences-santé wrote in a press release.
It also said its "medical dispatchers can instruct callers on how to perform a cardiac massage until the responders' arrival."
Urgences-santé further recommends that swimming parties appoint a "dedicated watcher."
In a summer 2020 interview with MTL Blog, a spokesperson for the Société de Sauvetage also advised Quebecers to wear life jackets when in the water, research potential dangers at every swimming location, swim with other people and limit alcohol consumption.
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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.
Assistant coaches Luke Richardson, Alex Burrows and Sean Burke ran the bench during Ducharme's absence throughout the Habs' semi-final series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
"Coach Ducharme has been partially vaccinated with his second shot administered less than 2 weeks ago, on June 9. Per NHL COVID Protocols, Coach Ducharme was immediately isolated from the team," said the NHL's official statement on June 18.