Fresh off its run along the Lachine Canal in the Sud-Ouest, Les Guinguettes has opened to the public in Parc Jean-Drapeau, the park society announced via press release.
Described as "a venue you might find at a seaside resort," Les Guinguettes "[invites] citizens to take back the banks of the Saint Lawrence River" in a "colourful setting" that "includes dining tables, temporary swings, ping-pong tables, stages for hosting outdoor shows and a luminous decor which creates a fabulous evening ambiance."
The vegan restaurant Merci Tata is also popping back up, bringing its menu of tapas, burgers, waffles and cocktails by the pitcher to the island park.
Visitors can enjoy all this along with a view of the city.
"This outdoor refreshment area, which has been ingeniously set up, will enable visitors to unwind and relax for a few hours in a charming setting that affords a unique view of downtown Montreal," Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Director-General Isabelle Bonneau said in the press release.
Get the details below.
La Guingette du Parc
Cuisine: Cocktails, tapas, burgers and desserts
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène river shuttle dock zone
It's no question that summer is a favourite season in Montreal — and with good reason. Once the sun arrives, the city comes alive with plenty of sights to see, things to do and places to go.
Summer 2021 promises to be especially fun because, after a year and a bit of being cooped up indoors, what could be better than soaking up Montreal at its finest?
The sunny season is also known for another Montreal tradition: moving day. With July 1 being when most new leases begin, the end of June is a flurry of activity as people move out and move in all across the city.
Whether you're new to Montreal, are just moving across town, or are simply looking for ways to make this summer an unforgettable one, there are tons of ways to appreciate Montreal.
Pepsi® can help you do just that with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. With weekly chances to win $10,000 plus instant prizes like barbecue grills, bicycles, paddleboards and merch, this contest is just what this Montreal summer calls for.
Look out for specially marked Pepsi cola products, and get ready to make the most of summer with these seven activities that prove why living in Montreal is the best.
Why You Need To Do It: With over 3,000 kilometres of bikeways, the island and Greater Montreal are a cyclist's dream. Not only is biking a fun, efficient and eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B, but it's also a great way to explore the city.
If you're in need of wheels, you might want to try your luck with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Pepsi is giving away a new bicycle along with loads of other instant prizes.
Why You Need To Do It: If you think you need to be beachside to paddleboard, think again. The still waters of Parc Jean-Drapeau make it the perfect place to go for a paddle.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, getting on the water is a fun way to discover Montreal and maybe even meet new people.
Why You Need To Do It: Mont-Royal remains one of the city's most popular destinations. Not only is it accessible via walking or transit, but it also offers hiking trails that are suitable for all levels.
Pack that knapsack (like the one you could win with Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest) with all your favourite hiking goodies. Don't forget your camera because you're going to want to take a pic or two once you reach the top.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has some of the best museums in the world. No matter what you're interested in, there is an exhibition that will pique your interests (and get you out of the summer heat).
The recently refurbished Biodôme houses five diverse ecosystems where you can see everything from penguins to exotic birds. The city's history museum, Pointe-à-Callière, has exhibits spanning First Nations history to the modern day. And for art buffs, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal showcases works from local and international artists.
Why You Need To Do It: Summers are made for grilling and chilling. Whether you're a fan of a classic steak, some grilled chicken breast or know the perfect recipe for seared aubergine, there's always something delicious to sink your teeth into at a barbecue.
While you don't necessarily need a backyard to have a barbecue, you do need a grill. Fortunately, Pepsi is giving some away with their Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has an iconic arts and culture scene. Wandering around the city and exploring street art is a feast for the eyes and a great way to get to know the place.
Boulevard St-Laurent, in particular, is known for its murals and graffiti. There's lots of art to be found in Quartier des Spectacles, too. Whether you're solo or with your crew, this is one way to have a picturesque summer.
However you find yourself celebrating summer in Montreal, if you pick up a Pepsi, you might just win some cool prizes like a barbecue grill, bikes, paddleboards or tons of merch. Not to mention a chance to win a weekly prize of $10,000 — which could help you deck out new digs.
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Check Out A New Bakehouse That Will Transport You To The '90s
Where: Sundaiz - 4710, rue Saint-Ambroise, Unit 130, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Check It Out: Decadent, nostalgic and gorgeous views thanks to the Lachine Canal. Step up to the window at Sundaiz first-ever location or head inside to discover a totally-90s vibe from the moment you walk in… and to celebrate their opening, they're giving away free cookies on June 25 (while supplies last).
Play Tourist At A Discount Thanks To Your OPUS Card
Where: Throughout Montreal
Why You Need To Check It Out: The OPUS card is not just for getting around town. It can help you have fun around town, too, by getting you cool discounts on activities like water cruises or rides on La Grande Roue de Montréal.
Feel Like You're In The Arctic At An Immersive Exhibit
Where: Éloize Expo - 417, rue Berri, Montreal, QC
When: June 2 to October 31, 2021
Why You Need To Check It Out: Perfect for a rainy day... As MTL Blog's Teddy Elliot put it, "Sous Les Glaces (Below the Ice) will give you the experience of tagging along with filmmaker Mario Cyr as he explores the vast reaches of the Arctic."
After being cooped up all winter, many of us are craving a new destination to get excited about. With travel limited outside of the province, this is a great time to explore beautiful Quebec — and Gaspésie is one of the most popular places to do that.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Gaspésie, known as the "Quebec maritime" offers diverse landscapes — from the countryside to the mountains to the sea. Whatever your interests, you'll have plenty to choose from, but here are eight things you shouldn't skip.
Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
Price: $9 plus boat fare
Address: 4, rue du Quai, Percé, QC
Why You Need To Go: The famous Percé Rock is an emblem of Gaspésie — so you can't leave without snapping a photo of it. Fifteen kilometres of trails, accessible only by boat, will take you through meadows, fields, evergreen forests and the impressive Northern Gannet colony.
Why You Need To Go: This breathtaking park is located on the northeast tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. During your hikes, you will be able to observe wildlife and maybe even see some seals, which have colonies on the park's shores.
Why You Need To Go: This seaside region in Gaspésie will enchant you with its beaches and its warm climate. Jacques Cartier named it in 1534, on a hot day, and the name suits it very well! Fifteen small towns are part of this region and each has something different to offer. Water activities should be on the agenda.
Why You Need To Go: Sainte-Flavie is the first town you will see when you arrive in Gaspésie: it is known as "the gateway." Stroll along the Route des Arts for local galleries and boutiques with magnificent works for sale to the public. There's also a beach where you can watch beautiful sunsets.
Why You Need To Go: Amidst a picturesque landscape, you can see the tallest vertical axis wind turbine in the world. Le Nordais wind farm, one of the largest in North America, is very impressive and certainly worth a visit.
Address: 1981, route du Parc, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is where you'll find the famous Chic-Choc Mountains. Located in the centre of Gaspésie, this park will give you a 360-degree view of many natural wonders and also offers nautical activities like boat rentals.
Why You Need To Go: The most Instagrammable spot in the region! People visit this lighthouse, operational since 1906, for its beauty and the magnificent views that the place offers. Between the mountains and the sea, you can take a moment to breathe in the fresh, maritime air of the Gaspé.