Our society attaches so much stigma to crying, but it is among the healthiest activities. A good cry is a way to relieve mental or emotional stress and physical tension.
Public crying can be equally embarrassing and cathartic. But often, figuring out exactly where to go when the tears start flowing can make the situation even more stressful.
TL;DR Below are 7 good places to cry in public in Montreal. Each location corresponds to a particular sort of crying.
So, inspired by the Curbed Boston's article, "Where to cry in public in the Boston area," we've compiled this list of the best places to publicly cry in Montreal.
We all need to cry, so here are the places to do it. Each location corresponds to one particular kind of crying.
Enjoy, and wear your tears proudly! Crying is an often necessary part of an emotionally balanced life.
Heartbreak Cry in Parc Jean-Drapeau
Parc Jean-Drapeau is a great place to go for a post-breakup cry. On two islands in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, it's pretty out of the way, so the liklihood of an embarrassing encounter with a friend or, worse, your ex's friends is pretty low.
With dozens of attractions, it's a good place to stroll and let yourself be distracted by the surrounding landscape and features.
Stress Cry on McGill campus
You'll fit right in among over-stressed students at a university with woefully underfunded mental health services. You could even approach another cyring person and offer to swap stories and be mutually supportive.
This is not the place to go if you don't want to be seen.
Existential Cry on Mount Royal
Feeling dismayed about life and all of its mysteries? Head to Mount Royal for some perspective. The sweeping views will match your big thoughts. Look down upon the city and realize how small some of its problems truly are. Mount Royal is as close as any Montreal resident can come to sublime views.
You may also want to take a solemn stroll through the Mount Royal Cemetery during the hours when it is open to the public.
Lonely Cry in Parc Maisonneuve
Sometimes in a moment of loneliness one needs to really feel and dwell in that emotion. Parc Maisonneuve and the adjacent Olympic Park may be the best places to do that. Maisonneuve features wide open areas among towering trees that block the view of the surrounding city. You'll feel totally isolated in what seems like the countryside.
Cry for Humanity in the Village
Upset about the current state of global affairs? Let it all out during a stroll through the Village, a Montreal neighbourhood forged in struggle and resistance. The area exudes hope for the future. It is an entire community founded on principles of free expression.
This is also a place to confront your own privilege and realize that you have power to make change in the world. Wipe those tears away and check out some of the amazing grassroots organizations involved in everything from community health to social justice. See how you can volunteer and help out.
Screaming Angry Cry at Cap St-Jacques
If you're able to hold your fury until you get there, Cap St-Jacques is the place to go for an angry cry. At the westernmost point of the city of Montreal, the nature park is actually the largest in the city, so you can escape down its trails and let out a scream without disturbing too many people.
Happy Cry in the Old Port
Want to mark a major life achievement with a nice celebratory cry? Head to the Montreal Old Port, where bright lights and endless activity will magnify your feeling of elation.