If you're going to be stuck somewhere in lockdown, consider yourself lucky it's Montreal. Why? Because this city is home to more than 300 green alleys aka ruelles vertes, which makes it perfect for long walks on narrow streets that take you to unexpected new places — or new corners of old places.
In other words, Montreal was made for exploration and adventure.
More and more green alleys are popping up as a result of a joint project between the city's boroughs and Regroupement des Éco-quartiers.
With help from the city, citizens are reclaiming dingy back alleyways turning them from literal garbage dumps into green spaces that improve air quality, increase biodiversity, promote community, and more.
Plus, they can turn an average jaunt around town into something out of a storybook or postcard, especially in the fall.
They're like our own version of little enchanted forests, making them perfect as a quarantine oasis.
You can explore the city's green alleys using this map.
Ruelle Verte Cartier-Chabot
Address: The Plateau: Rue Chabot, Avenue Laurier, Rue Masson and Rue Cartier
Why You Need To Go: Fall foliage and a big beautiful tree at the entrance, which invites you to take a nature break in the heart of the Plateau.
Ruelle Verte 4e Av., 5e Av., Rosemont, Holt
Address: Rosemont – La Petite‐Patrie: 4eme avenue, 5eme avenue, Boulevard Rosemont, Rue Holt
Why You Need To Go: Those red and orange leaves are reason enough!
Address: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Rue Adam, Rue de Ville-Marie, Rue la Lafontaine, Rue Vimont
Ruelle Verte Le Raccourci
Address: St-Michel: next to Frédéric-Back Park
Address: Rosemont – La Petite‐Patrie: Rue Bélanger, Rue Saint-Zotique Est, 25eme Avenue, 26eme Avenue
Address: The Plateau: Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Rue Gilford, Rue Chambord, Rue de Brébeuf
Why You Need To Go: Named after the famous Italian painter and scultpor, Amedeo Modigliani, you'll find garage art that honours his signature style.
Ruelle Beau Dommage
Address: Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie: Rue Saint-Zotique Est between Rues Saint-Denis and Rue Saint-Vallier