Traffic problems and Montreal seem to be best buds these days. There's no shortage of construction delays, transit delays, literally, everything is delayed. Well, starting Thursday, we're in for some more pain.
The Turcot Interchange that services the whole western part of the city will be completely shut down starting tomorrow night, March 14th until Monday morning, March 18th. Autoroute 15 south and three ramps will be completely shut down for the weekend.
TL;DR The Turcot Interchange will be totally shut down this weekend from Thursday to Monday morning. Drivers should prepare in advance and expect significant traffic delays throughout the weekend. All non-essential travel should be avoided.
The closures are expected to be over by Monday morning. As you can see in the above diagram, drivers can expect an insane amount of traffic southbound, northbound, eastbound, westbound...you get the point.
This is unusual, closing the Turcot during the weekday, but according to the government website, the closure is required to dismantle an old section of the Turcot to make way for a new one.
The traffic authoritieswarn of significant traffic delays, with nearly every ramp and highway section being re-routed. With this in mind, residents of NDG, Verdun, and St-Henri are in for some traffic in the neighbourhood, so stay alert if you're living there.
To better plan your trip, consult the Quebec 511 websiteto use their various trip-planning tools.
Here's a full list of expected closures:
From 10 PM Thursday to 5 AM Monday
Closure of Autoroute 15 southbound
Ramp from Autoroute 20 eastbound towards 15 north
Ramp from Autoroute 15 northbound towards 15 west
Ramp from Autoroute 15 southbound towards 20 south
From 12 AM Friday to 5 AM Monday
Closure of Autoroute 15 northbound towards exit 60
Closure of Autoroute 15 northbound towards exit 62 and the Turcot
Closure of Autoroute 720 and Autoroute 20 westbound between Turcot and the entrance from Boulevard de Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue
Hope you have a good weekend? Remember, if you don't need to drive around the Turcot, don't. Please please please take the metro, take the bus, or walk.
Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend.
But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.
Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino.
And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.
If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here.
If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open.
SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.
311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline
Hospitals and emergency services
Dépanneurs and pharmacies
Most bars and clubs
Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs
Hotels & resorts
Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size)
Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
What's open continued...
Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)
Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay)
Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)
What we love about potholes here at MTL Blog is that they provide us with an endless number of stories to share. Readers are constantly sending us photos of their favourite holes in the road. Not only that but we've become friends with many potholes around the city.
We see them every day doing their very best to make us late to work and to destroy our wheels so it's about time we give them some love!
If you think you've seen a more beautiful pothole than these, send them into @MTLBlog on Instagram with the hashtag: #montrealsprettiestpothole!
TL;DR We voted and MTLBlog has finally found some candidates for the city's prettiest pothole. Welcome to Montreal's very first Pothole Beauty Pageant 2019! #montrealsprettiestpothole
What's not to love about potholes? Whenever you encounter one in Montreal (they're everywhere!) they also make our days better by exploding our tires or flipping us over our bike's handlebars. Sometimes, they even twist our ankles, sso not even pedestrians can escape they're impact!
Here are the nominees for Montreal's prettiest pothole!
Have you always dreamed of becoming a photographer? I don’t blame you, it’s a super cool creative outlet that can make for a uniquely rewarding career. Capture special moments, magnificent architecture, the taste and flavour of food, fashion's flair, industrial installations and more. You can create timeless souvenirs that will be forever treasured, and images that are both striking and commercially viable. And that, y’all, is priceless.
Dawson College offers a program made to ensure you get to live out your dream and capture every priceless moment life has to offer. Best of all? It’s TUITION FREE for all Quebec residents! Known as a leading resource in photography training, Dawson's AEC Program in Commercial Photography has been a staple for picture-taking Quebecers since the '80s.
Through the expertise of its skilled teachers, who are talented professional photographers themselves, this full-time, tuition-free, two-year program equips its students with valuable knowledge in countless areas of photography. Bonus: As these are evening courses, you can still maintain your job while pursuing your studies.
Dawson's Commercial Photography Program allows you to discover your own area of expertise by exploring a variety of aspects such as advertising and editorial illustration, portraiture, catalogue photography, architectural photography, fashion photography, and industrial photography. Post-production techniques will help you bring your images to a truly professional level.
Through theory and practice, students will learn the technical intricacies of digital image capture, how to use light sources in all forms including constant light and electronic flash in studio and on location. Even the most challenging of assignments will be made doable!
If you're looking for a creative environment with a cool and inspiring spirit, Dawson's Commercial Photography Program is the place for you. You'll forge great friendships with other passionate dream-chasers who are honing their personal creative visions of the world. You can take full advantage of targeted content, cutting-edge technology, top-notch facilities, and industry experience. Bring your dedication and love of imagery to the table, and you can go a long way with this fascinating program.
To get a feel for the gifted teachers you can learn from in Dawson's Commercial Photography Program, here are a few sample images of their work:
The application deadline is April 28, 2019, and the program is scheduled to begin August 22, 2019. If you're looking to pursue your dream of becoming a full-fledged photographer and create portfolios that'll stun everyone, don't miss Dawson's Commercial Photography Information Session: - April 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM, room 4E.1
For more information on this incredible tuition-free program, check out Dawson's website and Facebook.
If there’s anything that Montreal is known for above all else, it’s having an impeccable culinary scene. Our city is celebrated for creating unforgettable food experiences, be it in a traditional restaurant, from a food truck, and now even at a luxurious outdoor pop-up!
This spring, a super exciting culinary event called Dinner With A View is setting up outside in Montreal, and promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever been a part of. This temporary foodie's paradise is making its way across North America, beginning in Toronto and ending in San Francisco, throughout 2019 and 2020.
In the case of their Montreal pop-up, you can look forward to enjoying a first-class meal under La Grande Roue in the Old Port. Imagine spending one of the first beautiful, warm spring nights having dinner under the famous twinkling ferris wheel? I don’t know about you, but that personally sounds like a dream. This event admits parties of 4–6 guests, so spread the word to your favourite people before booking your dome. If you’ve been on the lookout for a fun double-date idea, this is definitely it!
Dinner With A View invites you to change your perspective and dine under the stars in your own transparent dome with close friends, family, or that special someone. This entire experience is about getting out of your comfort zone and redefining the way you think about dining, by embracing elements of discovery, adventure, and inspiration.
They’re constantly changing their location and menus, making for a magical night out every time you dine with them. Plus, the whole evening promises to be aesthetically on-point; your followers will experience total FOMO when you post a shot of your night to your Insta Stories.
If you’re ready to immerse yourself in an elevated culinary experience, look no further than Dinner With A View’s unique take on dining. You can expect to be served a blind three-course meal, crafted by Chef René Rodriguez, that will impress all palates.
While it is a set menu, diners with diet restrictions shouldn’t fret; meat, fish, and vegan plates inspired by Rodriguez’s Mexican heritage and appreciation for French and Italian cuisine are available upon request. Whichever menu option you decide on, rest assured that you’re in for a delectable dinner and an utterly unbelievable evening!
Booking your Dinner With A View soirée is simple: First, reserve your dome ($149.00/dome), and second, book your dinner ($99.00/guest). Tickets are already 85% sold out, so be sure to purchase your dome and dinner before the event sells out entirely. This event goes down April 16 - May 18, and trust, it's absolutely not to be missed!