After being cooped up inside for 6 whole months of wintry isolation, summer, glorious summer, is finally here! And apart from the longer days, warmer weather, near infinite amount of activities, and the general care-free attitude that come along with it, probably my most favourite thing about summertime is taking off my clothes!
Before you get any funny ideas, I don't mean stripping down to my birthday suit and flashing unsuspecting Montrealers as I streak down St-Catherine Street or anything. Just that summer is all about being comfortable, and nothing says comfort like setting your feet free from bondage.
Photo cred- We Heart It
Living in the Great White North, as we do, means we benefit from a land rich with stunning natural beauty and a variety of environments that just beg for us to spend all our time outdoors. Whether it's festivals in the city, lake-house getaways, camping trips with friends, or just a stroll through Westmount park; the last thing I want to think about is untied shoelaces and sweaty toes.
Don't get me wrong, I have a healthy sneaker obsession, but let's be real here - shoes in the summer are kinda the worst. You get that awkward sock tan, casually dipping your feet in the water to cool off is always a big hassle, and forget going to the beach, because closed feet prisons (as I like to call them) and sand simply do not mix. I refuse to be held hostage by you, you soulless dungeons of rubber!
Photo cred - Birkenstock
Needless to say, I'm a big fan of rocking sandals in the warmer months. After all, it's not natural to deny our dogs the fresh air and sunshine Mother Nature has so graciously provided for them.
So I say free the feet! Release them from their captivity and let them roam with maximum comfort and versatility the way summer intended. Sure, you could wear shoes and be boring...orrrr you can slip into a pair of Birkenstocks and live your life to the fullest.
Check out MyBirkenstockShop online or visit their super convenient location in Westmount to find your sandal sole-mates.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.