According to the parks plan for the Sud-Ouest borough, Montreal had an average of 1.19 hectares of green space per thousand people as of 2019. The neighbourhoods with the most park space were the more suburban boroughs of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, and Anjou, with 1.96, 2.21, and 3.3 hectares of park space per thousand residents, respectively.
Located near the downtown core, the Plateau-Mont-Royal had the least amount of park space relative to its population, followed by the boroughs of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and Montréal-Nord, with 0.3, 0.34, and 0.49 hectares of park space per thousand inhabitants, respectively.
In addition, the neighbourhoods of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Outremont, Saint-Léonard, and Ville-Marie all came in below average.
Our city just looks good from any angle. On Monday, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared some dazzling new photos of Montreal and the South Shore from the International Space Station.
"Montreal, home of the [Canadian Space Agency] and the scene of Nadia Comăneci's feat at the 1976 Olympics...!" Pesquet captioned the photos.
He added that he has "many good memories" of the city from a year he spent here studying.
Pesquet's pics show downtown Montreal, the green heart that is Mount Royal Park, and the surrounding boroughs, as well as a bit of Longueuil.
He specifically highlighted the Olympic Stadium, visible at the top right of the first photo, and the Canadian Space Agency campus, the barely perceivable ellipse-shaped patch at the bottom right of the second photo, just below the runway of the Saint-Hubert Airport.
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Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
The grotto is a large natural sea cave surrounded by clear turquoise waters, reminiscent of something you might see in Italy or the Caribbean. And you can even jump in for a refreshing — yes, that's code for cold — swimming experience.