If there's one quintessential summer activity, it's a beach party. The thing is, getting to a beach is only feasible if you have a car, making a beach party kind of difficult to throw. Good thing we have some man-made beaches right in the city, like Parc Jean-Drapeau's Jean-Doré Beach, which is kicking off the summer season with a gigantic beach party.
A day-long celebration of all things summery, the Jean-Doré Beach opening party will have stuff for pretty much everyone, from all the twenty-nothings who just want to party a bit to younger kids who want fun of a different sort.
Live music, all sorts of beach games, a sand castle-building competition, prizes, food, and tons more. All that, with the magic that is a sunny day at the beach included, of course. Play in the water or just tan in the sun, it doesn't matter as long as you're having a good time.
The only minor downside to the beach-party is that there is a small cover charge. Still, when you consider that a car ride to a beach close to Montreal will cost you even more for gas (if you have a car, at all), and the admission price doesn't seem all that bad.
Besides, you can't put a price on beach fun, right? Okay, maybe you can but it definitely isn't more than the 9$ it'll cost you to get into this beach jam.
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
UPDATE: The Government of Quebec has introduced new COVID-19 health measures since this article was published. Please review guidelines and double-check the website and social media pages of the event or activity before you head out. We strongly recommend calling before you go.
Why You Should Go: Indoor gatherings are limited to six people right now, so call your besties up and plan a little shindig at one of your apartments. No better way to start the New Year than with your closest people.
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Why you should go: Three similar interactive works, titled Les Diamants, will spend the holiday season on the front lawn of St. James United Church. You spin them around to enjoy a little light and sound show.