This year's theme is "Between and Sky and Water" and Dragons.
"The dragon, representing China as a whole, will be the star of the 25th edition of the lantern festival in the Chinese Garden. It will be accompanied by its nine offspring, protecting the newly restored pavilions. And around them will be flying red-crowned cranes, symbolizing the longevity of the friendship between Montréal and Shanghai."
During this annual event, sections of the garden come to life with dazzling, colourful installations that turn the complex into an enchanting display of light.
According to Space For Life, you can expect the Japanese Garden, First Nations Garden and Chinese Garden to take you on "immersive and sensory experiences [that] combine art, science, technology and emotion."
The Japanese Garden "transforms into a vast canvas on which autumn falls," it says.
Then, it says, you'll be greeted by "magic" in the First Nations Garden as you go on a "poetic journey into the heart of the seasons of life, together with the spirits of the river, fire, forest and wind."
Finally, the Chinese Garden will be lit with hundreds of lanterns, which "whisper the legend of Pangu, the giant who created the world," it says.
Gardens Of Light 2021
Price: $16.50 for adult Quebec residents
When: September 3 to October 31, 2021
Address: Montreal Botanical Garden — 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Make your fall even more magical as you wander through illuminated gardens adorned with hundreds of lanterns.
In its Instagram post, the shop said Frank & Oak "[continued] to promote this shirt on [its] Instagram page even after we had expressed our disagreement."
The family-run flower shop is a beloved Mile End spot with its signature colourful storefront and iconic owner, Tamey.
"Larger businesses that use small local businesses, like ours, to further their own agendas while ignoring the wishes of communities is not something we choose to align ourselves with," the Instagram post continued.
Dragon Flowers said it was "this lack of respect for our voice and space" that led it to write to its followers on Instagram.
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!
This one found in a Walmart parking lot has all the makings of a great pothole.
The sharp edges and standing water make it a perfect pothole, plus I love those little crumbly bits that show what a big boy pothole it's bound to grow to be.
Even puppers love potholes! This good boy is warning his owner of a potential broken ankle by standing in this pothole and checking it out.
I'm not sure if he's trying to drink the melted snow water... or if those are people's accumulated tears.
Ah, the classic pothole minefield. Why have one pothole when you can have six?!
Good luck escaping this one unscathed! Location: somewhere in Ville St. Laurent.
If you thought those were good, wait until you see these ones...