Now that summer is in full swing, Montreal parks are filled to the brim. We're fortunate to live in a city that features so many beautiful green spaces, and Montreal residents take advantage of these parks every day.
The relaxed ambiance in parks of people looking to soak up some sun, laze around and drink some beers in the sun may make it easy to forget that there are actually quite a few rules surrounding what you can and can't do in Montreal parks.
In particular, there are some pertinent rules surrounding drinking in Montreal parks.
We all know that drinking in public is strictly prohibited: it's the first thing they tell you at your university's orientation. The City of Montreal has this to say about drinking in public:
"Drinking alcoholic beverages in public places is strictly prohibited. The only exceptions to this rule are when beverages are consumed [...] in a park with a meal."
What constitutes a "meal" is up to interpretation. Obviously, a simple granola bar won't do the trick, but hummus and vegtables, or a baguette with cheese might work.
I should probably make clear that I am not a lawyer, and that the above interpretation should not be taken as legal advice.
It should be noted that there are a few other little-known rules about being in the park.
For example, the city's website also mentions that "No one is permitted to be in a park between 11 p.m. and sunrise on the following day."
Furthermore, "no one may refuse to leave park premises when requested to do so by a peace officer or an Urban Security Patrol agent."
The full by-law can be found here, but it is only in French.
For more information about drinking in parks, go to the City of Montreal's webpage here.