So you already know that we live on an island. And chances are, you spend a good portion of your summers partying it up on Ile Saint-Helene floating out there in the middle of the St-Laurence River, but let's face it, there's not very much privacy on either of those islands. You don't exactly have the freedom to do whatever you want since they are owned by other people.
There is one island, though, that is still up for grabs, and if you've been wondering how to spend that spare $15 mil you've got lying around, you should totally buy it. Located just 15 minutes North of Montreal, floating on La Rivière des Mille-Iles, the600, 000 sq.ft. Norbert-Aubé Island is the very last undeveloped island in the area, and your chance to finally build that llama farm you always dreamed of.
Other MTL Blog Staff ideas:
Throw a never-ending rave. Is "Island Fever" too cliché?
Hunt the most dangerous animal on the planet - Man.
Construct a massive tree-house castle and start a micro-nation.
Make a pimp-ass resort.
Build a dock, "So I can park my boat and shit."
Get a Luck Dragon and oversee the land from my Ivory Tower.
Start a hidden, self-sustaining community paradise that would eventually collapse and turn to chaos after a couple of members get attacked by sharks and left to die on the beach.
Right now, the only thing there is a small health spa, but the island does have city approval for renovations and expansion works, with provisions for municipal services, which leaves the door wide open to do all kinds of stuff.
The current owner has apparently also gotten approval for housing development, but, come on, we all know there are enough condos in Montreal already. So if there are any Montreal millionaires reading this right now, please buy this island and turn it into something awesome. They even throw in a Ford 3000 tractor for free!
Median condo prices in the Montreal area are up 20% compared to last August, according to a report by the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). But some areas saw even bigger price increases.
The report looked at several general areas within the greater metro area, including Montreal Island, the North and South Shore, Laval, and the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Of these, the report shows the North Shore saw the biggest increase in median condo prices between August 2020 and August 2021 with a 27% jump.
The QPAREB used data from Centris for the report and calculated median prices by dividing "all transactions into two equal parts: 50 percent of transactions concluded at a lower price than the median price and 50 percent concluded at a higher price."
The association noted that "some transactions may be excluded from the calculation to obtain a more meaningful median price."
If you love the Gaspé Peninsula, you'll probably fall in love with this house for sale in the Quebec region, too. With the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence River passing directly through its backyard, this property makes you feel like you're on vacation all year round — and, at an asking price of $349,000, it's actually less expensive than a Montreal condo.
The charming one-and-a-half-storey home is located in the town of Cap d'Espoir on a lot of over 43,000 square feet.
On the main floor, there are two large living rooms as well as a kitchen and dining room that overlook the waterfront with their large windows. Upstairs, you'll find three bedrooms and a full bathroom. The house also has a powder room and wood stove.
Why You Need To Go: The sprawling Parc Régional des Chutes Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles has 21 kilometres of trails around the Rivière de l’Assomption and its waterfalls — once of which is also called "Magnificent Falls."
At five kilometres, the Desjardins trail is the longest, taking visitors on an easy promenade along the river.
In red and orange zones, twoadults from different addresses can sit at a table together with their minor-age children.
There are no limits for people who live at the same address.
Are cinemas reopening?
Cinemas and other theatres and cultural centres have been open since February 26 in Quebec red zones like Montreal.
As of May 21, outdoor performing arts presentations with pre-assigned seating, including drive-in cinemas, were permitted to reopen with caps on the number of audience members and cars.
As of May 28, big auditoriums, amphitheatres, indoor stadiums and outdoor stadiums with pre-assigned seats will be authorized to operate with an audience of 2,500 people.
As of June 25, outdoor performances and festivals without assigned seating will be allowed for a maximum of 2,500 people on site.
When can we dine in restaurants?
The government hopes that by May 31, the majority of Quebec regions will be designated orange zones.
This would mean that two adults from different households (with minor-age children) or members of the same household could dine together in restaurants.
Are gyms reopening?
It's unclear whether Montreal will be part of the majority of Quebec regions designated orange zones by the end of May.
However, if Montreal is included in those regions, gyms in the city will be permitted to reopen with mandatory masks in training rooms, occupancy limits and social distancing.
When are schools reopening?
Elementary schools and high schools are open across Quebec.
In red zones, there is currently alternating attendance for students in secondary three, four and five. The government's goal is that all high school students can return to in-person education by May 31.
For CEGEPs and universities in orange zones, the government is planning to permit some face-to-face groups of six students by May 31.
By the end of August (or earlier in yellow and green zones), if Quebec reaches its goal of vaccinating 75% of the population over 12 with two doses, CEGEPs and universities will reopen in person.
What about wedding venues?
The government hasn't yet clarified if it will create new rules around weddings. However, in orange zones, weddings and funerals have an occupancy limit of 25 people.
In yellow and green zones, weddings and funerals are limited to 50 people — so it's safe to say there won't be any large weddings taking place in Montreal this summer.
Will we have to wear masks after receiving a vaccine dose?
Starting June 25, the government will ease mask-wearing and social distancing requirements for private gatherings with people who are fully vaccinated, meaning two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, masks are going to continue to be required in public spaces.
Earlier this week, Premier Legault said that if 75% of the population over 12 years old is vaccinated with two doses by end of August, it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks.
When will the Canada/United States border open?
It's unclear when the borders Canada shares with its neighbouring country will reopen, after months of being closed.
On May 20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would extend border closures with the U.S. for non-essential travellers until at least June 21.
Can I hang out at someone's house?
As of May 28, outdoor gatherings will be allowed on private property. So you can hang out in someone's yard.
In red zones, a maximum of eightpeople from separate addresses, or the occupants of tworesidences, will be able to gather outside. In orange zones, as of May 31, the max will be twelve people.
In red zones and orange zones, you're still expected to wear a mask and keep your distance.
Private indoor gatherings are not permitted for red zones or orange zones at this time.