We found the 10 Coolest University Campuses in the World (and we’re seriously considering transferring)

 

We all must admit that we have this love-hate relationship with our college life.  Surely, going to a cool university might make it a little more love, than hate. With that in mind, check out these ten coolest university campuses of the world. And yes, next time you’re in a hate low you with your school, you can seriously consider transferring your credits to one of these awesome places!

  

 

Flagler College, Florida

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This coastal campus is located in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States. Here you can study and vacation literally at the same time!

 

Trinity College, Dublin

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Modelled after the grand collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. The college features 25 different schools. The Library of Trinity College has more than 6.2 million printed volumes of manuscripts, maps and music.

 

The University of the South Tennessee,Tennessee

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This private, residential liberal arts college is owned by 28 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church, hence the grandiose All Saints’ Chapel. The university sweeps 13,000 acres on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.

 

Queen’s University, Ireland

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The Lanyon Building is noted as one of the most recognizable landmarks at Queen’s University; however, the campus houses more than 250 buildings that resemble this gorgeous Gothic and Medieval style.

 

Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore

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Study at one of the world’s leading technology schools while soaking up the lifestyle in the lively (and green) city-state of Singapore. With a fusion of cultures from Eastern and Western traditions, you will surely have an unforgettable, enriching experience.

Princeton University, New Jersey

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The prestigious Ivy League university was founded in 1746 and is the fourth oldest higher-education institution in the U.S. The main campus sits on approximately 500 acres and incorporates a variety of architectural styles, ranging from High Victorian Gothic to Romanesque Revival.

 

University of Salamanca, Spain

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Founded in 1134, the school is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest university in the world. The historic town is located west of Spain, between Castilla and León. Although modern renovations have occurred since, the majority of structures still mirror the 2,000-year-old style of Salmantica.

 

Cornell University, New York

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The main campus covers 745 acres overlooking the town of Itaca and Cayuga Lake. If city life is more your style, don’t fret — they have a campus in NYC and even a medical campus in Education City, Qatar.

 

University of Colorado at Boulder

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The building has a very distinct architectural style known as Tuscan Vernacular Revival. Take a hike up the Flatiron mountains and, from above, the school resembles a small Italian town with red-tiled roofs and Indiana limestone trim.

 

Royal Roads University, British Columbia

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Royal Roads University is more than just a pretty castle, but the Hatley Park National Historic Site is pretty incredible with 642 acres of vibrant greenery and spectacular views of the exotic Japanese Garden.

 

Did we miss your favourite campus? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys.

Brunch Spots You Need to Try 3rd Edition (Yeah, There’s That Many Awesome Brunch Spots in MTL)

Friday heading up in the week, gets you thinking for a sumptuous brunch on a weekend, right? Who would want to get up on a weekend morning and make scrambled eggs? Nobody! Well, while you are in Montreal, weekend brunchin’ ai’nt no biggie.

Here are the best summer brunch spots you need to hit while in Montreal. Find a place according to your taste and pocket. 

 

Le Butterblume

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Situated on 5836 St Laurent Blvd this brunch spot has an ever changing menu and uses fresh, organic and purely  local ingredients. Don’t miss out on their roasted pork belly, poached egg, marinated red & yellow beets, sour cream & poppy seed toast. 

 

Olive et Gourmando

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The Montreal-foodie favourite has been serving at its best for the past two decades, and it truly never fails to surprise.  If you are visiting, don’t for get to try on their famous crunchy granola or truffle mac-n-cheese.

 

Fabergé

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Situated at the Mile End, this brunch place offers a wide variety on the menu. You ma not regret driving all the way down after having their amazing smoothies, mimosas and freshly squeezed juices. You’ll definitely fall in love with them. 

 

Au Festin De Babette

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This fabulous restaurant offers everything from quiche, eggs, and ham to their delicious savoury and sweet crepes. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Au Festin De Babette has you covered!

  

LOV

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Want to invite your special one to brunch date? LOV is ‘the place’. Other than their beautiful ambience it offers a wide variety of delicious brunch entrees. All the entrees are so delicately and intricately plated that you will think twice before disturbing them to eat. Definitely a ‘Grammable place and food! Not only this, they have vegan menu for the all the vegans out there.

 

Arthurs Nosh Bar

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This is generally the busiest places over the weekend. And they have earned this traffic! A beautifully lit stylish space, that specializes in Jewish cuisine. They also tend to serve an incredible brunch! If you plan to hit here you will have to get up a bit early as the place fill sin really fast. Try their Moroccan Toast and we promise you will fall in love with the taste.

 

Maison Publique

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If you are a finicky person for eating farm fresh ingredients than you must go to none other places that this. Maison Publique is known for its market-fresh dishes and comfy environment. Stuff your face with some of their amazing pancakes and cure all that bothers you during the notorious weekdays. 

 

So for the next weekend if you don’t find a sophisticated place to sit in for morning, try one of these place s and thank us later! Got something more to add? Write to us @stcathys or leave a comment below!

10 Cool Rooftops to Hangout at in Montreal

Having an obsession to have a drink with a view, Montrealers can go to any length to enjoy one. Blame it to the long harsh winters that don’t let people have much of outdoor time. So as soon as the first blossom of spring pops people are found hanging on the terraces for early breakfast, brunches, dinner, and late night drinks!

Here is the compilation of ten cool rooftops to hangout in the city.

Nacarat

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Situated at the third floor of the renovated Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel Nacarat is a great place with a city’s view. Not only this, but the wide ranged twenty eight paged menu is offers quite promising drinks. Ranging from spicy to sweet, to sour to bitter – Ask for it, and they have it!

 

Marcus

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The very famous Four Seasons Hotel promises a very posh bar to accommodate almost hundred people at a time. Brimmed with finest collection of wines and drinks this new venture has a spectacular architecture. 

 

Terrasse William Gray

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This old promising place is generally so packed that one has to have a fight of tooth and nail to get a seat on the Old Port’s William Gray Terrasse.  A lot of people breathed a sigh of relief echoed when the Perché Bar-Terrasse on the hotel’s fourth floor rooftop opened.

 

Hotel Bonaventure

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What else one can ask for when you have pool on a roof top? Doesn’t really matter if you can take a dip or not, just put your feet in and enjoy! This amazing rooftop spot offers a pond view to kill the heat building inside. Apart from the water reserve it has a lush green rooftop that gives a sensational feel at the night.

 

Terrasse Place D’Armes

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One of the busiest places at the Old port, this rooftop offers amazing burgers and mushroom ravioli. The Fridays and Thursdays are generally jam packed especially in the 5-7 pm happy hour! If you hit in, don’t forget to try their raspberry mojito and caeser salad. 

 

Terrasse sur L’Auberge

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This amazing place gives a beautiful view across the Saint Lawrence River. The overlooking view of the blue water stream is the main draw of this rooftop bar and restaurant. The pitchers of Sangria couples the enjoyment of this rooftop!

SIX Resto Lounge

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Situated at the top of Hyatts, Six offers a prime view of all the happening summer festivals. Get to experience firsthand outdoor International Festival, that too for free!

 

AIR Rooftop Terrace

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This heated and covered patio atop the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel is one of the rare rooftop bars. The terrace temperatures here are never too chilly for their mojito or too hot for their pulled pork poutine. You may also take a plunge at the pool strip.

 

Blvd44 / Hotel 10

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this open-air rooftop address connected to the boutique hotel Hotel 10 is one of the more exclusive clubbing locations in its immediate area. It also affords a spacious outdoor area where you can take in a view.

 

Did we miss your favourite rooftop to hangout at in the city? Let us know your choice in the comment section below, or share it with us on Instagram at @stcathys.

It’s official, These are the Top 10 Reasons to Start University in a New City

 

As soon as the high school  come to a close, a series of sending in university applications start to take a toll on your everyday life. But once acceptances start pouring in, isn’t it the happiest day of your life? Longing to get into a good university is a dream on its own, but what if the university is entirely at a new city? Does the thought of living on your own makes you excited? Or it scares you the core? Here are top ten reasons to start university in a new city.

Take the Chance:

This is one a million chance that one should never miss. You will have your whole life to move to and fro and travel. But consider this time as with the “least responsibilities”. Life is all about your own self at this point in time. Tuition and living gets paid through the loans and grants rest it is all about being a free bird and party.

 

Fresh Start:

Forget about all the old strings and high school embarrassments that had taken you down in past. Move on with confidence with new people new surroundings, new environment and with a new mindset and be a person that you would have wanted to be all your life. Now can be the time to shut doors on old relationships and breath in a fresh breath of air.

 

Matching up with True Friends:

All our lives, living in a small town, we seldom get to choose relationships. The same people whom you started Montessori with end up graduating after twelve long years. There must have been hardly any subtractions or additions. Now is the time to make new stronger connections, where you can pick and choose according to your own taste.

 

Independence:

You get to experience firsthand independence. Get to make your all major and minor decisions on your own. Choose to cook or get food delivered. Let the laundry sit in or wash it daily. Take all the courses together or wait for summer to set in. All these decisions will be for you to make!

 

Gain Confidence:

The sense of unfamiliarity and the fear of being alone will really force your character to strengthen and you’ll become so much more self-reliant because of it. Get to gain self reliance and give your confidence a booster shot!

 

Adaptive:

Living away prepares you for unforeseen. Since you get to live in unfavorable conditions and you have to move your butt out of your comfort zone to get things done, it makes you more adaptive to situations.

 

Home Appreciation:

It is true that appreciation comes with deprivation! Being deprived of comfortable home room, mum made food, and the mere presence of family makes you learn a lot. You learn to be appreciative and thankful when you get to live away from all these bounties.

 

Win Parents Trust:

Living alone makes you responsible and wise. Since you will always be making right decisions for yourself, it will make your parents rely blindly on you! They will gain confidence in you and will trust all that you do in life.

 

Revive Affectionate Bonds:

There are chances that you don’t get along a family member. Moving out to a new city can make them realize a person’s standing as an important family member in the house. Distance does wonders!

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Be confident and take the chance, for life is lived freely only once. Have something more to add? Write to us in the comments section. Or follow us on @stcathys on instagram to let us know a new pro about moving out for university!

10 Things to Do this July in Montreal

July announces the official mid-point of summer in Montreal. Believe it or not, it is the most happening time of the city too. People hibernating for long in the harsh winters, come out of their cocoons to enjoy the most of sun and summer time – and you should too! Kick it off with our list of ten things that you can do during July in Montreal to make your month fun.

 

Outdoor Movie Screening

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Gather your friends or mark a date with some one special. Plop a mat on grass and enjoy your favourite movies outdoors every weekend at  ‘Cin’Hoc De L’ete’. Did we mention it’s totally free?

 

Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park

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When the entire town is buzzing with the F1 prix mania, get out of the paparazzi and head to enjoy the serenity of cap-saint-Jacques Nature Park. Let the fresh air sink deep in your lungs and detoxify!

 

Squeeze Sundays

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At the River side Henri, enjoy the free barbecue every Sunday. Food with the beautiful view! Isn’t it great? 

 

Eureka!

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Head out to the Old Port of Montreal, where every summer Eureka festival attracts children and adults to showcase unique science experiments. It also exhibits the technology advancement of the current year!

 

Bixi Sunday

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Get those calf muscles working and enjoy free bixi rides on Sunday! Cycle through the roads of Montreal downtown or Old Montreal and burn those extra calories that have been stored up during long winters! 

 

Cruise Night

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If you are a whore for vintage cars and ham burgers  then this definitely your place to go. Enjoy the showcase of all time vintage cars. Every Wednesday at Orange Julep!

 

Visit to ClockTower Beach

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Summer calls for a dip in blue waters. A visit to the most beautiful clock  tower beach is a must!

 

St-Anne-De-Bellevue

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Enjoy the scenic view from the fancy terraces of St-Anne-De-Bellevue. Enjoy late night sittings with cold drink overlooking the beautiful fleuve.

 

Mtl en Arts

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Experience the colours of an outdoor art exhibition where more than 160 artists showcase their artwork. Get to talk to the artists, watch their paintings and sculptures and buy the art pieces.

 

 Beavertails

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Last but not the least; munch on the sumptuous beaver tail pastry in old port. You will forget all the other pastries you have ever savoured! 

 

So slip on your flip flops and smear your sun block and strode out to witness the busy colourful summer! If you have something more to add to the list, leave a comment or follow us on Instagram to add your opinion. We would love to hear your part too! 

Your Ultimate Montreal 2019 Summer Festival Guide

Summer time is the only time in Montreal when people come out of hibernation to enjoy the sun. A lot of festivals occur during the same time of the year as for to entertain maximum crowd. The summer calendar is crammed up with so many of these, that its hard to pick out the best ones to attend.

 

MURAL Festival

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Somewhere, between the 6th to 16th of June this colourful festival is held to promote the public art. Artists from around the globe are invited over to paint graffiti and murals on the facades of buildings. You may take an art tour, have BBQ and enjoy the night!

 

Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada

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 If you are an F1 fanatic then don’t even think of missing this. Witness the best F1 drivers hitting up to the highest of speeds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Later the drivers sign autographs for local public at downtown!  

 

Montréal Chamber Music Festival 

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Get to experience the beautiful symphonies of chamber music. World renowned musicians come over to showcase their talents with their special musical instruments. 

 

Eureka! Festival 

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Targeted for all ages this interesting festival is all about new advancements in science in technology. There are displays and demonstrations of what’s new in to attract and entertain the children. 

 

Festival ELEKTRA 

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Festival ELEKTRA showcases the contemporary concept of digital arts in audiovisual performances, live music, innovative design, gaming and interactive art. The year 2019 will be marking 20 years of Elektra being celebrated!

 

Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal

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Over the Canal waterway, witness the locals promoting the folk and traditional music. This is an entirely family festival and people from around the city come to enjoy for days. Local and traditional footstalls and games are a favourite of this festival.  

 

Francos de Montréal 

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Skeptical about your French speaking skills? Yet, this festival is for you! Get to hear pop, jazz and rock French music. Get to see, hear and meet French musicians. Who knows you get to meet your favourite this year!

 

 Montréal Baroque Festival

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International musicians and emerging artists play baroque music in intimate concerts in churches and cafés as well as cheery outdoor concerts in Philips Square downtown. 

 

Mtl en Arts

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 Is an outdoor art exhibition where more than 160 artists showcase their artwork. People talk to artists, watch their paintings and sculptures and buy the art pieces.  

 

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

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The biggest Jazz festival celebrates its 40th birthday this year! This amazing festival fills the downtown with jazz lovers who tend to groove on the tunes from morning to night. Get to witness big names like Buddy Guy, Diann Reeves, Alan Parsons, Peter Frampton and many more!

 

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 

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This unique festival is competition of world class fireworks by some of the best pyrothetic companies of the world. The sky lites up with the beautiful fireworks over the Lawrence river is a sight for everyone to witness. 

So if you staying back in town for this summer, we bet Montreal is going to offer you the best of itself. 

How to Survive Dreaded Summer Courses 101

Where summer courses are generally offered to ‘lighten’ up the usual semester load, they can also totally eat up your summer break! You may want to enjoy volleyball at a beach like your friends but inside you know you will have to work on numerical analysis. Even the thought is cringe-worthy!

With that in mind, here are few tips that can help you get through the courses without missing on the summer fun!

Two is Enough

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Keep your cool with taking the courses!  Since you will be staying back in the campus you would want to take as many courses as possible, but practically it is no good. Take no more than two courses considering the fact that you are already cramming the sixteen weeks of coursework into 8 weeks. A little loose routine will let you breathe through because at the end we all need breaks.

 

Try Learning Online

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Who would want to wake up early in holidays to attend the class? No one! Absolutely, no one. Since you are on a break, and most summer classes start early, consider taking online classes.  If you have a good attention span and you are kind of a pro at self-studying then it shouldn’t be a great deal for you. Rather, it will take half the burden off you!

 

A 100 $ Tip

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You may take courses that you would want to get through quickly. For a fact some people aren’t comfortable with public speaking. You may take such courses during the summer since you won’t have to go through the turmoil of speaking between a big strength and also the duration will be relatively shorter.

 

Keep Yourself Occupied

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It is hard to accept the fact that you will be staying on the campus where others will be carrying out their vacation plans. The mere thought makes it agitated enough. It is better to accept it sooner to make it easier on yourself. Try making lots of plans so you are on your toes for completion. This way, you will hardly get time to procrastinate and won’t let the weird thoughts wander in your brain. Try finding a nearby activity that you can attend daily in addition to dry coursework!

 

Have Fun with Sun

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Immersing yourself in the land of books can be very depressing. Enjoy the sunlight streaming through the glass or somewhere outside. It will make you more productive and less depressed about the fact that you have an essay to finish. Take a ride on the bike to classes or try arranging a study group in a park!

 

With these tips, you may have a little less school-centric summer, although we don’t promise a cent percent result. That comes from the inside. So, it is best that you take mental breaks and accept your fate; after all it is you, who signed up for it!

Your Ultimate Guide to Finals Week (Yes, Even Summer Finals)

Looking for a methodology to relieve stress through out the finals? Look no more, as the best-researched methods are listed below so you gobble them up!

Some points in life define the way your personality is shaped up.  Finals can be a life-shaping event for any university students, We all have gone through the stress and high temper of the finals week. However, there are small things that you can do, bits and piece changes that can allow you to focus more and stress less! We have made a list for you to ponder upon and act towards reducing the boiling point rather than enhancing it

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Studies

  1. Make your own study guide as following someone or a group of people usually takes you down the wrong path
  2. Start early as you get more time in the day to study when your energies are at the peak level
  3. Organize your study hours and take regular breaks to utilize optimum energy
  4. Resting properly is the key to a sharp mind that can whirl around the finals week
  5. Time management is the key to success along with eating well

Stress Relieving

  1. Utilize on-campus stress relieving programs before and during the finals
  2. Hit the gym or the track to clear your mind and conscience
  3. Always eat healthy as the tendency to binge is far more in finals week than normal days of the year
  4. Catch some sound sleep and 8 glasses of water (at least) daily
  5. Select a good study space or group. Studying on the bed gives you a complete downer at times

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Food

  1. Rule Number 1: Do not forget to eat!
  2. Never skip breakfast!
  3. Tea, coffee and nuts are the sources of instant energy boosters that you must use
  4. Dark chocolates, Avocados and water should be your best friends for the finals

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Therefore, if you are stressed, you need to let some of the steam go. Boiling up under the lid can only make it worse for the finals week. So take a chill pill, put your feet up and relax your mind before you enter the examination room!

Celebrate Canada’s Day in Montreal

Canada celebrates its national holiday on July, 1st. Canadians all over the country, celebrate this day with full zeal and zest. Like all the other countries an excellent array of fireworks, parades and other celebrations is witnessed throughout the day in all the cities.

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Montreal celebrates the special day in its own unique way starting from Défilé de la Fête du Canada; A special parade, unique in its own way. 

Witness Canada Day Parade Montreal:

People from all over the town gather at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine streets where the parade starts. More festivities wait for the people at the end point of the parade at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Peel. 

Parade participants March through the streets adorned in attractive dazzling outfits and entertain the people along the way.

Get your slice of the cake:

Place du Canada hosts a special cake cutting ceremony for the people. A giant cake is cut and distributed amongst the crowd. The cake is almost about 8 feet in width and four feet in length. So don’t forget to get your free cake slice with a glass of water!

Dragon Dance

The colourful dragon dances are a courtesy of Chinese immigrants to pay a loyalty tribute to the local citizens of Canada. Don’t forget to play a game or two before you leave the venue!

Old Montreal Festivity

Get to enjoy the old Montreal’s celebrations. Though these are generally confined to high command officials yet you can witness the ever-so-roaring 21 gun shot salute to regain the Canadian zeal within you! 

Fireworks

Whatever you do through the day, just don’t miss this! Each year, the beautiful display of extravagant fireworks leaves everyone in awe. Find yourself best spot to witness this festivity. Mount Royal Summit, Old Port, Clock tower Beach and Jacques Cartier Bridge are few of the best places to watch the fireworks. 

Plan a road trip to Ottawa

Gather your friends and hop in a car. You may want to drive to Ottawa to witness the exclusive Canada Day festivities this year. Enjoy the two hour road trip and get to experience the celebrations in both the cities. 

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Head to a park and enjoy a bbq with a cold beer along with all the on going festivities. Have something more to add? Nudge us at @stcathys on insta or leave a comment down here. We will make sure to add it in our list.

 

10 Things To Do This Summer in MTL

As soon as the first sun of summers hit, everyone around the city starts to find ways to soak up the warm sun. This time is the most ideal time to sightsee the most beautiful town. So butter up some sunblock and slip on your flip flops because we are about to reveal the ten most exciting things you have to do this summer in Montreal.

 Summer Festivals

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Montreal hosts a frenzy of summer festivals. Starting from the International Jazz festival, Osheaga’s live band performance, and showcase of Jazz, folk, Rock, electronic and African music. The oh-so-famous ‘Just for laughs’ and an International Fireworks competition attracts the competitors from all around the globe.

 

Indulge in outdoor eats

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It is widely believed that Montreal is a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window. As the summertime starts, something similar can be said of Montreal’s plentiful terraces. After a long winter, the entire population of Montreal comes out of hibernation to drink and dine al fresco. Indulge in local specialties like smoked meat, poutine and craft beers.

 

Explore Green Spaces

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Head to ‘Mount Royale’ to breathe out the toxins of the concrete metropolis city. The wide green space is famous for its beautiful pond and offers a panoramic view of the entire city!

 

Spa Yourself!

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Pamper yourself in the Nordic styled spas which are abundant and easily found. Head to Nun’s island to find one, it is a little far off from the downtown but what bad is the distance once you will get to experience the services.

 

Experience the Magical Old Montreal

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Walk through the cobblestoned streets and experience the taste of historic cafes, stores and art arenas. You may zip line over the blue waters of Bonsecours Basin to have a bird’s eye view of the city. Not to forget the ride of the largest wheel in Canada, Montreal Observation Wheel.  

 

Surf Away on the Waters of the City

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Experience Jet Ski, jet boats and electric boats for adrenaline! A variety of cruises welcomes the visitors aboard to let them sight see the beautiful skyline. If you got extra bucks with you, you may charter a yacht in the Old Port.

 

Montreal Tower Observatory and Botanical Garden

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Get spectacular views of Montréal from the Montréal Tower Observatory, standing 540 feet tall at a 45-degree angle. Then, see up to 22,000 plant species at the 10 exhibition greenhouses and 20 thematic gardens of the Montréal Botanical Garden.

 

Seek the Hidden Gems

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Summers are probably the right time to explore the city’s hidden gems. New hot spots regularly pop up in the Plateau, St. Laurent, downtown. Try finding secret speakeasies like Prohibition-style emporium The Cloakroom on Mountain Street, or O. Noir on Prince Arthur where you can experience dining in the dark and even the servers are legally blind. In the Village, you may try the trendy new Agrikol for authentic Haitian food, drink, and music.

 

Montreal Helicopter Tour

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This 20-30 minute Helicopter ride is one of the most amazing experiences you will have in the city. While flying over the city get bird’s eye views of Olympic Stadium, Downtown Montreal, Mont Royal, Parc Jean Drapeau, the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Saint Lawrence River.

 

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls

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Amazed by Niagra? Witness the Montmorency falls, 1.5 times bigger falls than Niagra. The narrow streets steep hills and historic treasures of the city take you back 350 years to rewind the French Canadian history.

 

Don’t let the summer be a bore and try out one of the shortlisted the best of bests of Montreal!