The SAQ will be closed on Thursday. The company also said most of its stores will close at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, "with the exception of SAQ 20 h branches, which will close at 8 p.m., and SAQ Express branches, which will close at 9 p.m."
Espace pour la vie properties (the Biodome, Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium) will be open.
The STM will operate on a holiday schedule. Changes to bus routes will be posted online on individual bus schedules.
Most Montreal boroughs will continue with trash, compost and recycling pick-up as usual. Only two boroughs are changing their schedules: Montréal-Nord is postponing "green waste" (vegetation, leaves, etc.) pick-up to Friday and Ville-Marie is cancelling trash and food waste pickup.
Écocentres will be open.
In a statement, the City of Montreal said recreational and sports facility hours will vary by borough. The city invites the public to contact individual facilities for their schedules.
Summer is approaching, and one thing I’m beyond excited about is park days. After a few drinks, some sunshine and a great time spent with my roommates, it’ll feel like any other normal year (kind of).
As someone who's very into the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle, I’m very conscious of what I’m putting in my body — especially when it comes to alcohol. But at the same time, I do love the idea of a boozy refreshment after a day of activities.
Excited for the summer and knowing it’s going to be full of picnics and lake days, I wanted to find a fresh new drink I can enjoy that’s still relatively low in carbs. I had noticed the ubiquitous alcoholic seltzer, White Claw, popping up all around and it seemed like the time to find out what all the fuss is about.
Right off the bat, I was super impressed with the nutritional information. With 5% ABV, each 355 ml can is made with just one gram of carbs and 100 calories. With no artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, or preservatives, it checks off all my boxes for a drink you can feel good about.
In order to prepare for a summer full of outdoor adventures, I thought it suitable to try out the different flavours of White Claw carried by my local dépanneur (they're also available in grocery stores and the SAQ).
The variety pack includes cans of Black Cherry, Mango, Natural Lime and Ruby Grapefruit. In addition to this, I bought an extra can each of Raspberry and Watermelon. Here’s what I thought of each flavour.
Immediately after taking my first sip of the Black Cherry, I was transported back to my childhood. The tart and sweet cherry taste reminded me of my favourite gummies that I loved as a kid. If you're new to the hard-seltzer game, this is the flavour I’d recommend you start with.
It has a light black cherry flavour with a carbonated feel. However, White Claw Black Cherry is more distinctive than the others, making it a great easy-drinking option if you're looking to enjoy a couple, perhaps on a rooftop terrasse or balcony.
It seems like everyone's favourite White Claw is Mango. I actually remember people struggling to find this flavour last summer, so I had pretty high expectations.
When it comes to mango-flavoured beverages and candy, I'm personally not a huge fan, but the White Claw Mango hits the spot. It's as smooth as the Ruby Grapefruit with the freshness that I loved in the Natural Lime flavour.
Natural Lime and Black Cherry were my absolute favourites, but I was still impressed with Mango. If I had to have a mango-flavoured beverage, this one would be first on my list.
The packaging is adorable, and the yellow basically screams summer and sunshine. Its fruity flavour makes it the perfect drink to relax with after an active, adventure-type day. I would grab a few White Claw Mangos for a post-yoga picnic or to relax after a game of beach volleyball.
The Ruby Grapefruit flavour is much more bright and citrusy but still tastes like fizzy water. The best thing about White Claw, in my opinion, is how subtle the flavour of each fruit is. It makes it easy to enjoy without feeling too overwhelmed.
This one was smooth, with a light hint of zesty grapefruit. It would be great at the end of a fun hike or during a barbecue at the park.
The White Claw Raspberry didn't come in the variety pack, because (along with White Claw Watermelon) it is a new addition to the lineup. The deep red colour on the can immediately grabbed my attention and I just had to test it out.
In general, I love raspberry-flavoured anything, and this drink only reinforced that trend. I found that it was a brighter flavour than the rest, without being overly sugary, which is something I really enjoyed. I think fans of the Black Cherry can expect to like Raspberry too.
The first thing I noticed about this addition to the White Claw family is the adorable use of colour on the can: pink and green, just like a watermelon. The drink's aesthetic immediately appealed to me before I even cracked it open.
Watermelon on a hot summer day could be one of my favourite things in the world. So naturally, I saved the best for last, and this flavour did not disappoint.
If you're looking for a White Claw with a more distinctive taste, this one would be my recommendation. Super light and refreshing, this drink still carries the recognizable White Claw flavour, while maintaining the freshness needed to keep cool on a warm day.
This drink would go hand-in-hand with a juicy piece of fruit after a long day of outdoor activities, with some music in the background, sunshine and a slight summer breeze.
I'm glad I jumped on the White Claw bandwagon and I'm surprised I hadn't done it sooner. They're now sold at grocery and convenience stores across Quebec, as well as at the SAQ. I've never really been one to love seltzers, but White Claw has completely changed that.
I'm happy I tried out the different options because now I feel like I have a specific flavour in mind for different activities. I'm looking forward to sipping a White Claw Natural Lime on my balcony on a casual Tuesday night, and enjoying a few cans of White Claw Mangos and Black Cherries on the weekend!
White Claw is now available across Quebec at grocery stores, convenience stores and the SAQ. To learn more, check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Although products were provided for free in this review, the author's opinions are genuine and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.
Narcity does not condone the overconsumption of alcohol. If you're going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly and only if you’re of legal age.
To find out which stores are part of the festival, check out this map on the festival website.
There appear to be about 63 options in the Montreal area, including Brioche à tête, Chez Potier, Pâtisserie La Gare, Marius et Fanny, Croissant Monkland, Les Co'Pains d’abord, Le P’tit Atelier, and Arhoma Boulangerie.
La Fête du Croissant
Price: 1 croissant = $1
When: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Address: Participating stores across Quebec
Why You Need To Go: Croissants, croissants and more croissants.
All of Les Bureaux Accès Montréal (BAM) counters will be closed. You can access the city's digital services, but emails won't be processed until April 6.
Garbage, recycling and compost collection will maintain their regular schedules. Ecocentres are open on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 but closed on Sunday, April 4 and Monday, April 5.
Arts & Culture
The Biodôme, Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium are open every day but capacity is limited so the city recommends buying tickets in advance.
Many movie theatres will be open throughout the entire weekend, including Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal and Cinéma du Parc. Check websites for showtimes.
Many museums are also still operating, but some are on a special Easter schedule. For instance, the Musée d’art contemporain is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Easter Monday. You'll want to check the website before you go.
Grocery Stores & Markets
All the major grocery stores are closing on Easter Sunday. Smaller food shops may be open, but check online or call before you go.
Most retailers, including The Eaton Centre, are open on Good Friday, Saturday and Monday but closed on Sunday. Holiday hours may be in effect on some days.
Stores are open as usual on Good Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, classic SAQ stores and SAQ Express stores will be open. However, SAQ Sélection stores and SAQ Depot stores will be closed.
Most SAQ stores will be open on Monday unless they're located in a closed shopping mall and are not accessible from the outside.
Branches will be closed on Sunday but are otherwise open.
Good Friday and Easter Monday are considered legal holidays by the STM. Transit will still be running but on a modified schedule. You can plan your trip in advance on the STM website.
Gyms & Fitness Centres
City sports facilities have a varied schedule depending on the borough — and the same is true for most gyms.
Éconofitness is closed on Sunday, April 4 but open on other days.
Nautilus Plus branches are open with regular hours with a few exceptions. The Place Victoria and Place Ville Marie locations will close on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. Place Montreal Trust will close on Sunday, April 4.
Banks consider Good Friday to be a holiday so don't count on your bank being accessible on April 2 aside from the ATMs and online banking services.
You'll want to check your bank's website though.
Most pharmacies will be open. Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix locations have special holiday hours, which you can find online.