Finding things to do in Montreal during the summer (free or otherwise) isn't a very difficult task. If anything, there's too much to do. Well, we're adding one more thing to the list, because we caught wind of Lachine Canal audio tours, that are educational and (most importantly) entirely free.
Starting at the Atwater Market, and ending at Écluses Saint-Gabriel (map) the audio-tour provides an anectodatal recounting of history, using the personal stories of Montreal citizens who lived in the area during different periods of time. 19 locations are covered during the 2.5 km walking tour, and $10 booklet is also offered for further info-reference, but you can also just download the PDF here.
Launched last year, the Canal audio-walk is part of the larger Post/Industrial Montreal research project, created by Concordia's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. More audio-walks are offered, check them out at here.
To start your Lachine Canal audio-walk down memory lane, download the mp3 file and the map at the Canal audio-walk page right here. Now get walkin'.
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The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
Alright, so lately we've heard of some pretty amazing bars in Montreal like the "Empanada Bar", Tartare Bar & Dumpling Bar. However, I don't believe that any bar this summer 2017 will compare to the the all-new "open air" bar located on the Lachine Canal.
This spectacular bar has been named Riversideand they are hosting a soft-opening this Thursday(July 27th) in Saint-Henri on the Lachine canal (5020 St-Amboise). It used to be a vacant secret spot between the old silos along the canal, but now is has turned into a lit AF urban hideaway bar.
I can guarantee that this will be the new hot spot for some sick insta pics, and honestly I can see why! Their large outdoor terrasse is absolutely stunning on a hot summer day and what pairs great with that? Well of course a cool drink!
However, that's not all! Throughout the rest of the summer, Riverside will also be hosting special events and even live DJs to make everything 514% AMAZING. Oh, and we can't forget about their decor! Every corner is covered in art by local artists such as LeBicar.
The official opening will be taking place with Osheaga on August 4th and they will be open from Thursday to Sunday 5PM to 3AM. They will have food trucks on site, international djs and diverse activities during the day such as a BBQ, yoga classes, etc.via @riversidemtl
Which is why I'm so excited that spring is finally here! Not only is the sun shining brighter, not only are the days longer, not only are the birds chirping, but Montreal also happens to be full of super fun things once springtime rolls around.
1. Now that spring is here, you can finally go day drinking!
Parc Lafontaine, Outremont, and Maisonneuve are all super solid places to enjoy Montreal's park vibes. But honestly, with the flowers sprouting, the leaves budding, and the grass greening, anywhere is a perfect spot to enjoy the beauty that is spring in Montreal!
Montreal is a great place for all those love birds out there, but sometimes it can be pretty costly. So, when you are looking to planning that perfect date but you are on a budget, don't stress! The list below composes of completely free date ideas that you can plan for that special someone RIGHT NOW.
Around almost any corner in the Down Town, Plateau, and Mille-End area in Montreal you are sure to find street art. So, why not explore your city with the one you love and enjoy some free art and the smell of spring!
2. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To The Virtual Reality Garden
For the opening of the Garden, the Phi Centre has brought together four of the most outstanding virtual reality works of our time—cutting edge experiences created by world-renowned artists who push the limits of art and technology and offer a unique point of view on today’s socio-political issues.
Check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this sunday since it is free admission on the last Sunday of the month. So, take you special someone this sunday to enjoy beautiful art while you enjoy their company.
Illuminart is a new circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, Illuminart assembles projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.From February 22 to March 11, 2017.
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Place Ville Marie
For one night only, on March 4th, between 8:00 pm and 1:00 am, entrance to the Observatory will be 100% free! You'll have access to the 46 floor observation deck where you can discover the permanent exhibition, The Odyssey. The 45th floor will feature the #MTLGO interactive and participatory exhibition, or you can also head to the terrasse on the 44th floor.
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If you happen to fall in love with an athletic person, then this is the perfect date idea for you in Montreal this summer at no cost. TREKFIT gyms are located all across Montreal and they are perfect locations to hold a cute little workout date. Spring is right around the corner!
Inspired by the Italian renaissance revival, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral was modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Although the interior of the cathedral does not quite match the grandeur of Saint Peter's Basilica, the nave's architectural layout, the white and gold wooden coffered vault, and the baldachin with spiral columns are quite interesting. The curvature of the intersecting vaults almost steals the show from the many paintings and gildings. It is free every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9. If You Are A Broke Couple Go Walk Through Old Montreal
Montreal is a very romantic setting that is itself priceless. Your date has probably been to Old Montreal multiple times but why not explore the city in a different way. I suggest taking your date to Old Montreal and showing them all the great architecture! They will truly be amazing by the beauty behind our city.
10. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To Montreal's World Trade Center
Montreal’s World Trade Centre (near Square-Victoria metro) is perfect for enjoying a gorgeous view while talking to your date with a nice cup of coffee. The atmosphere is incredible and it's also a nice place to exchange anniversary gifts!
11. If You Are A Broke Couple Go Watch A Sunset At Mount Royal
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For romance, kissing, and looking over the whole city, I suggest driving up to Mount Royal. You can enjoy Mount Royal during the day and enjoy the cityscape or you can go at night with your date and have a romantic stargazing date. This is always free and it's always a safe date idea.
12. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To The Melvin Charney’s Sculpture Garden
Time to get your sculpting on with a hot chocolate at the Melvin Charney’s sculpture garden, which is an extension of the CCA. This garden contains multiple sculptures that you can enjoy observing over a warm cup of hot chocolate and a beautiful sunset with the one you love.
I honestly love biking with my boyfriend and honestly I think it's a great date where you don't have to spend any money. For those couples who love to bike, I suggest biking down the Lachine Canal towards Atwater Market for a fun Montreal date.
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Honestly, there is always something super cool going on at Place Des Arts and the Quartier des Spectacles whether it be live music, a dance performance, or outdoor painting. I suggest heading down there with your date and just sitting back. It's a great place to soak up Montreal and to enjoy it's people. ALSO, Nuit Blanche is next weekend and it's FREE FREE FREE!