Address: 150, ave. Mont-Royal E., Montreal, QC (Plateau)
Why You Need To Go: They're famous for their watermelon and pineapple bowls but have a big menu full of fun and delicious Hawaiian-themed treats. We can't wait to try the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae and birthday cake ice cream, which uses actual chunks of birthday cake.
Address: 1274, boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montreal, QC (Ville Marie)
Why You Need To Go: Some of the most refined and elegant soft-serve twists you can find, Sachère always keeps balanced flavour profiles in mind. Think toasted pistachio & sour cherry, Matcha & dark chocolate, and olive oil & grapefruit mint.
A spokesperson for the Marchés publics de Montréal confirmed to MTL Blog that the full offer of plants and flowers should be set up by Friday, May 7 in preparation for Mothers' Day weekend, which they explained marks the beginning of the season.
An April 28 post to the Atwater Market's Facebook page indicates some plant stands have already begun to pop up.
Whether you're going to add some colour to your apartment, plant your garden, or just snap some photos beneath the colourful bowers, the public markets' outdoor vendors are an essential part of the Montreal spring/summer experience.
Get all the details below.
Flower & Plant Stands At Montreal Public Markets
Price: Free to visit
When: The full offer should be ready by Friday, May 7, 2021
Not only is this duck absolutely breathtaking, but he's also somewhat of a mystery. His breed, the mandarin duck, is native to East Asia and Quebecers would not normally find this type of duck living in the wild.
“Every day [there's] lots of photograph[ers] around him so excited to see one here in the wild," said Li Ying Lou, a local photographer who has been snapping pictures of the mandarin duck since April 11.
Li Ying Lou last photographed the mandarin duck on April 21.
"I hope he will survive in the wild and [he] needs a female mandarin duck ... [to expand] this species in Quebec," Li Ying Lou said.
According to CTV News, the mandarin duck has been seen swimming around with two mallards — one of which is a female.
Theories on how the duck got there
So how did this special duck wind up in Laval?
There was some speculation, CTV reported, that this is Eddie, a mandarin duck who escaped from an Ontario farm back in January.
But Eddie's owner, Tracey Harpley, confirmed to MTL Blog that he is safely back at home.
"The one in your pic looks older so maybe someone dumped him ... maybe he was aggressive and someone let him go," Harpley speculated.
Michael Bourgouin, a Quebec duck breeder based in Pierreville who said he has over 500 ducks, has another theory.
"This bird escaped. There is a lot of mandarin [breeders] in Quebec and it happens," Bourgouin told us, noting that some of his own ducks have escaped in the past.
He explained that Quebecers breed and own mandarin ducks because the ducks are "very beautiful to look at" and they're easy to keep and raise for beginners.
Will this mandarin duck survive roaming wild in Quebec?
Bourgouin said mandarin ducks can survive very well in cold weather but would likely have difficulty finding food on their own during a Quebec winter.
He said he believes the mandarin duck is at risk of being "killed by an autumn hunter."