Unless you're blowing smoke into the faces of infants, you're pretty much good to smoke a joint anywhere in Montreal. There are, however, prime pot-positive locales that are much more fitting.
Now that's it is nice to be outdoors don't restrict yourselves to sitting in your living room with your bong. Head on out into the sunny city and head to Montreal's best spots to smoke a joint.
10. Palais des Congres Complex
Right outside of the metro complex is a nice little area outfitted with benches, plants, and a view of Palais de Congres' entrances to people-watch. (map)
9. Parc des Amériques
A small oasis on the hustle of St. Lo, Parc des Amériques is the perfect pot-pit stop during your walk to or from the bar. (map)
8. Peace Park
There's usually a dealer around somewhere if you need them, and skateboarders are usally around to trip you out with some sweet tricks. (map)
7. Right In Front Of ScotiaBank Theatre
Go by the theatre on St. Cats and Metcalfe and you'll always smell the dank aroma of bud. What, like you're going to watch a movie sober? (map)
6. Mont-Royal Observatory
Get high while you're high above the city. It's almost poetic. (map)
5. A Friend's Basement In The West Island
Not quite outdoors but sometimes you need to live like you're in That '70s Show and smoke up in a friend's basement. For some reason, the friend in question always seems to live somewhere in the West Island. (no map, by invite only)
4. Old Port Boardwalk
If you're ballsy, head deep into Terrasse Bonsecours. If you're a little paranoid (which will probably only get worse once you've sparked) then the boardwalk is more than adequate. Patches of grass, benches, and a view of the water make for a solid spot for pot. (map)
3. Jean Talon Market
The open-air complex and many little alcoves mean you'll be able to find a secluded spot, but the real appeal comes from all of the food/munchies you'll have at your fingertips. For snacking, Jean-Talon is stoner heaven. (map)
2. Parc La Fontaine
Very much a no-brainer, Parc La Fontaine has tons of green grass, pretty people, a mystical fountain, and maybe best of all, the park is only a short walk to La Banquise. (map)
1. Tam Tams
Duh. No explanation needed here. Just get to Mont Royal park on Sunday if you don't know why. (map)
Where's your favourite spot to smoke up?
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Montrealers are still relishing the legalization of weed, according to the SQDC's report for the second quarter of 2021. It doesn't matter if you identify as francophone or anglophone — there is a clear love among many Quebecers for this style of joie de vivre.
According to a press release, the SQDC earned a net income of $19 million in the quarter ending September 11 — a $3.9 million increase from the same quarter last year. The SQDC credits these results to its main goal: running illegal weed dealers out of business. It says it has invested time and energy in making sure Quebecers who indulge in cannabis get the best product available.
The SQDC had a grand total of $142 million in sales, up $21.8 million from the previous quarter, with $67.4 million set to be transferred to the provincial and federal governments.
The reported results suggest the SQDC has done pretty well in gaining customer trust: the agency has grown from 45 to 77 stores in Quebec over the past year and crossed the 1,000-employee threshold.
The quantities are significant this quarter, too: the organization sold nearly 25,000 kilograms of cannabis in its stores and almost 1,300 kilograms online, with an average sales price of $6.32 per gram, including tax.
Despite their impressive sales, the SQDC's focus remains on protecting cannabis users' health and converting consumers to the legal market, not encouraging cannabis use. The government corporation tries its best to accommodate Quebecers' interest in cannabis, seeking to give them the best product while helping them reduce health risks.
In other words, the SQDC's angle is that it's using its business for good — hoping that people will take its resources and information to heart.
La Lutinerie/Vincent NedelecDowntown Montreal's Christmas market, the Grand Marché de Noël, is making its long-awaited return — and it's bringing part of Alsace with it.
This holiday season, the market in the Quartier des spectacles will include a makeshift neighbourhood inspired by the French region known for its German roots and charming medieval architecture.
The centrepiece of the market will, of course, be a giant illuminated Christmas tree.
The Grand Marché de Noël will be just one of three large Christmas events in the city this year. The Atwater and Jean-Talon markets are also set to host a collection of local vendors in holiday-themed huts.
In total, according to organizing company La Lutinerie, over 100 artisans and producers will be selling their goods.
La Lutinerie promises mulled wine and churros at each stop.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
It's that time of year again folks — when Mariah Carey starts blasting on every radio station and the Christmas planning commences. As you start planning your holiday to-do list, visiting one of the Montreal Christmas markets is sure to be on the top of it.
And lucky for us, two of them just released more details about what to expect this season.
The traditional Atwater Christmas Village is making its way back to the city starting November 25 with about 30 different stands to explore and a sugar shack to get some sweet treats at, plus free activities like circus acts and movie nights.
Access to this winter wonderland can be found on rue St-Ambroise, just outside the Atwater Market.
Opening two days later on November 27, Jean-Talon's Christmas Market is focusing on gourmet food this year — so make sure to show up hungry.
Plus, it'll be twice as big as last year, meaning more snacks to eat, more mulled wine to drink, and more local artisans' gifts to buy.
Starting November 20, Montrealers can pick themselves up a Christmas tree at either of these two markets, as well as at the Maisonneuve Market.
Montreal's Atwater And Jean-Talon Christmas Markets
Where: Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market:
– November 25: 4-7 p.m.
– November 26 to December 19: Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021
– November 27 to December 19: Fridays from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
– December 19 to 23: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: To get your daily dose of holiday cheer this year.