Little known fact about me: Montreal's Notre-Dame-De-Grace, or NDG, is actually one of my absolute favourite boroughs.
The next time I move, I'm honestly aiming to move there. What's there not to love about it, TBH?
It's got pretty much everything. Awesome bars and restaurants; beautiful views; cute boutiques; friendly people; cute places to live... the list goes on and on (and on).
Seeing as I'm super hype to eventually get myself settled in this awesome borough, I've been doing some digging on the history of NDG.
Turns out, NDG isn't just fascinating AF today. It actually has some super interesting roots, too.
It was actually one of the first "areas" established in Montreal, kind of. At the time, Montreal was known as the colony of Ville-Marie.
Settlers spread from the central area of Ville-Marie to what is today known as NDG, Hampstead, Montreal West and Côte-Saint-Luc, creating a new area called Coteau-Saint-Pierre.
Within Coteau-Saint-Pierre was the Notre-Dame-de-Toutes-Grâces’ parish. Eventually, when Coteau-Saint-Pierre fragmented, that area became known as Notre-Dame-De-Grace, or NDG.
Today, NDG is home to tons of cool spots, like Cafe Orange, the Orange Julep, Lucille's Oyster Dive, Ye Olde Orchard, and tons more.
There's the Monkland Village; Villa Maria; Concordia's Loyola Campus; and so many more super interesting, fun things.
Plus, a whole bunch of cool people come from NDG, too. Jay Baruchel, William Shatner, and Doug Harvey are just a handful of celebs who have called this awesome Montreal brough home.
So, NDG, keep