Montreal Is Getting A Free Summer Boardwalk Village

Just another way to enjoy being outside this summer.

We were saddened to hear that the free public boardwalk set up under the Jacques Cartier Bridge last summer, otherwise known as the Village Éphémère, would not be returning this year, but it seems the project will in fact make its triumphant comeback, and with a new name.

After a successful crowd-sourcing campaign and some help from the city, Village au Pied-du-Courant will set up shop on Notre Dame just east of Parthenais to once again create a hippy-chic boardwalk village along Montreal's iconic waterfront.

Just another way this city truly embraces summer to the fullest, and much like its predecessor before it, Village au Pied-du-Courant will feature all the good stuff we love the most like art installations, food trucks, cafes, live music, film screenings, chill terrasses, and most importantly, a licensed bar.

The project is being piloted by Pépinière & Co., the same masterminds behind Les Jardins Gamelin, so we know Village au Pied-du-Courant will no doubt be just another one of many Montreal hot spots we'll be frequenting all summer long.

Village au Pied-du-Courant will be hosting its grand opening on Friday, June 26 and will be open Thursday through Sunday until about mid September.

Check out the Facebook Event for more info.

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It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.

This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.

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The mayor said water testing proves the area is safe for swimming.

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On its website, the city says the park "is the only physical and visual access point to the Saint Lawrence River" in the borough.

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There's a proposal to build a massive new beach in Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood of Sainte-Marie.

The beach would sit just north of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Montrealers would be able to access it from the Parc du Pied-du-Courant via a universally accessible, 60-metre elevated walkway over the CP and Port of Montreal tracks that, right now, form a barrier between the water and neighbourhood.

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Of all the things you'd expect to find as you walk along Boulevard Saint-Laurent, a 7-foot-tall, gin-inspired hedge maze probably isn't one of them. But from August 6 to 8, Bombay Sapphire is building a labyrinth full of surprises in the Old Port — and, yes, that does include free gin samples for Quebecers aged 18 and up.

A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."

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