5 Things to Do This Holiday Season in Montreal

‘Tis the Season

The holiday spirit is officially in the air in Montreal! With the end of finals nearing, free time will soon become abundant. With that in mind, there are a few signature activities that absolutely must be packed into your time off this year, ensuring you get to experience the best of Montreal holiday affairs. Below, we recount our favorite winter-based activities that are this season’s Montreal must-sees.

Atwater Market

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Atwater Market, a Montreal staple, is being transformed into the official Montreal Christmas village complete with holiday goods for purchase, free activities for adults and kids alike, a fire for roasting marshmallows, and charming chalet-style kiosks. This is one market you won’t want to miss!

Verdun Holiday Lights

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Check out the way in which the town of Verdun has lit up the popular Wellington Street for on any gorgeous winter evening outing. This site is truly magical, but remember to dress warmly as this is an outdoor

Skating in Old Port

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Old Montreal is just as charming in the winter as it is in the summer! Embody your winter holiday spirit by skating with your bestie and/or loved ones of any ages on the beautiful Old Port skating rink. Once again, be sure to bundle up for warmth throughout this activity (and take a #instapic of the gorgeous ferris wheel).

Montreal’s Christmas Tree

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Check out the city’s official Christmas tree to get yourself and friends in the holiday spirit. This tree, although on the tall and skinny side of things, is a balsam fir – a tree that originated in Quebec. How special!

See the Nutcracker

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Feeling like something more original? Check out the Nutcracker at Place des Arts. This is sure to be an enjoyable evening full of culture and class!

What are you waiting for! Finals are over and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Share your experience with us via Instagram.

 

You’ll Never Guess What Drake is Pouring Money Into Now

Straight out the 6.

World renowned Candian rapper Drake is about as familiar with investing in projects and partnering with companies as he is with promoting his home base, Toronto (#sixvibes). From the Sher club and Virgina Brand Whiskey to investing in tech start ups and acting as a brand ambassador for the Raptors, Drake has embarked on countless business ventures while building his brand. But you’ll never guess what his latest LA-based project is…

Drake’s latest thing is literally paying for giant billboards all over LA. What do these billboards say you may wonder? Well, they’re promoting Canada’s ability to get along wih one another – how relevant. Although these billboards are actually an ad campaign to promote his latest OVO merch, kudos to Drake for showing his Canadian pride (and maybe inspiring some envy among our southern neighbours).

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These billboards have caused a slight bit of controversy for LA residents and Americans in general – from capitalizing on tragedy as a promotion tool to the word Canada not being capitalized, these signs seem to be making people mad. That being said, we love them! What do you think about Drake’s latest ad campaign? Let us know what you think in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

You Need to Check out These Websites Right Now!

Ah, the internet.

Who doesn’t love wasting countless hours surfing the web? Okay, so maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Either way, cool new websites are always launching yet often missed by internet-lovers due to the abundance of content on the internet. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top 3 cool sites that you may be missing, but are seriously worth checking out!

 

Girlboss.com

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Created by the amazing Sophia Amoruso – CEO/founder of everyone’s favorite clothing site Nastygal, GirlBoss.com is the perfect spot to read thought-provoking articles on just about anything! From health to beauty and business, this site is the ideal answer for anyone looking to get productive and interesting insights while simultaneously wasting time on the internet (it’s called multitasking, duh!). 

 

Producthunt.com

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Another great site for those interested in business, Product Hunt is keeping you updated on the latest products and news in an inherently entertaining fashion. A personal favourite, this website is worth checking out whether

 

Iwastesomuchtime.com

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This website says it all directly in the name – it is your hub to waste so much time. From hilarious videos to thought-provoking infographics, you will be hooked from the first page on.

 

Which websites do you visit to get caught in the spiral of the internet? Let us know in the comment section below or tag @stcathys on social media.

 

 

Will you Spot This Celeb in Montreal This Weekend?

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Who doesn’t love a good celeb sighting? Luckily, as Montreal is home to countless world-renowned festivals and events, as well many popular filming locations, celebrities frequent the city more often than not. From Cara Delevingne to Margot Robbie, Osheaga weekend brings in the A-list celebs like none other.

 

Although we’re sure there will be countless A and B listers making their way to the city for the next few days, there is one A lister who has officially landed in Montreal – her first stop? Roller Derby of course. Read below to find out which celeb you can spot over the weekend in Montreal. Any guesses?

 

Jennifer Lawrence!

Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Rumor has it that everyone’s favorite actress, Jennifer Lawrence is hanging out around Montreal this weekend. J-Law is gracing the city with her presence to film an X Men once again. Keep your eyes peeled for this blonde bombshell! She is joining the rest of the cast, including Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Tye Sheridan and Nicholas Hoult. So if you’re a cinema (or X-Men) lover, make sure to be on high alert – you just may be able to meet some of the stars.

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Will you try to spot the X-men crew this weekend? Share your experience in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Montreal Restaurants You Need to Try This Summer!

We hope you’re hungry.

Montreal is a city known for its culinary experiences. With many renowned chefs, diverse environments and sly city ambiances, there’s a new restaurant worth visiting for every day of the summer. In an effort to avoid compiling a list with over 100 restaurants, we’ve decided to pick our top 6 – one for each remaining weekend of the summer. Join us, on this culinary tour of Montreal-based restaurants.

 

Bevo

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A personal favorite, Bevo in Old Montreal is the perfect evening stop. With amazing pizza and Italian-inspired food, gluten free options, and a large (and delicious) drink menu, you won’t regret hitting this spot up.

 

Terasse Nelligan

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This Montreal hot spot knows how to serve a great dish. If you’re into seafood or finger foods, definitely check out Terasse Nelligan in Old Port. To top it off, they have an amazing brunch, make your own mimosa kits (for only $40!), and one of the best views in the city.

 

Augusto Al Gusto
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This Verdun-based latin restaurant is seriously a hidden gem. Augusto Al Gusto not only knows how to serve an unbeatable meal with huge portions, but the ambiance is quiet and charming, making it the perfect place to grab a bite with your special someone. A word to the wise – you’re best to try this place on an empty stomach.

 

Jardin Nelson

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Feeling like a livelier setting? Downtown’s Jardin Nelson has you covered. Dine on this garden-inspire terasse, with live music and one of Montreal’s best Sangrias!

 

Warehouse

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Nothing beats a five dollar meal on Montreal’s lively Crescent Street. Warehouse Montreal is one of the most delicious stops for hungry individuals on a budget. With each meal costing but $5 and a vibrant atmosphere, this spot is sure to house the best deal (and meal) in the city.

 

Accords

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What’s better than a gorgeous environment, and a selection of wines paired with Quebec-sourced dishes? Well, nothing – and Bistro Accords knows that. This scenic bistro is the perfect restaurant to hit any time of the day!

 

 

We’ve worked up an appetite just making this list! Did we miss your favorite Montreal restaurant? Let us know in the comment section below.

5 Reasons to Check Out Montreal’s La Ronde

You won’t regret this one.

With so many events to check out in the city throughout the summer, it can be hard to narrow down which ones are really worth doing on your days off. From brunch spots to concerts, the city is home to a plethora of daily and weekly activities. Today, we want to talk about one stop that simply can’t be missed. Montreal’s La Ronde is the city’s premier amusement park. Located at Parc Jean Drapeau, the Six Flags amusement park houses countless roller coasters and rides, sure to offer a thrilling experience. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you need to spend a day at Montreal’s La Ronde.

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  1. There are over 40 rides and attractions specifically designed for your enjoyment!
  2. The park is offering an amazing sale! Tickets are only $40 for a limited time – a deal you surely won’t get again this summer.
  3. They just launched a new ride called “The Titan” that looks absolutely amazing (check it out for yourself below)
  4. The International Fireworks competition is going on at the parc. This is clearly the perfect way to finish off a day of thrilling adventures at the amusement park.
  5.  There is some seriously good food (and drinks).

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Will you head out to La Ronde this summer? We sure will! Let us know your thoughts or share your experience in the comment section below. or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

Buy tickets here.

 

It’s Official, This is The Best Way to Get Around Montreal!

Never walking again!

Guys, there’s big news in the world of transportation in Montreal this week. As any true Montreal student knows, Bixis are the best. Whether you grab a bike to head to school, get to a friend’s house, or to explore your city, the convenience of Bixi stations all around the city is invaluable. The only unpleasant part of Bixi’s price system is the $100 deposit fee and the fact that a credit card is required to go through with the bike rental. Unfortunately, these requirements have stopped countless tentative Bixi renters, time and time again.

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Luckily, that’s all about to change. This week a joint effort between Bixi and STM was announced. In simpler words, Montreal transportation and Bixi have teamed up to offer a deal for all Montrealers. Now, with the ownership of an OPUS card, any individual is free to rent a Bixi directly from their card! Not only will this increase accessibility for all users, but it means a fundamental switch in their price model. For instance, when renting a Bixi with your Opus card;

  • No more Credit Cards!
  • No $100 Deposit!
  • No Wait times!

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not (thank god). In fact, getting access to the 540 participating Bixi stations is as simple as registering your Opus card on the Bixi site. Register and ride!

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Will you be renting a Bixi bike with your Opus card? We definitely will be. Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

 

5 Subscription Boxes You’ve Probably Been Missing out On

Things you love, delivered to your door.

As you’ve probably noticed, subscription boxes have risen to prominence over the last two years. With a bundle of things you love delivered to your door monthly, we understand why this trend has blown up. Now we sit a few years after the trend appropriation, and there’s a subscription box available for everything and anything. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite boxes we’ve come across, sure to please everyone from nerds to beauty-lovers.

 

Love with Food

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If you like to discover new snacks and healthy alternatives, Love With Food is guaranteed to be your favourite subscription box on the market. This monthly food and snack subscription box aims to help customers discover new organic, all-natural bites. For those that prefer a gluten-free diet, there’s also an option to get gluten-less snacks monthly.

 

Sci-Fan Bloc

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Sci-fi fanatics, this box is for you! Sci-Fan Bloc joins the science fiction and fantasy genres to deliver a subscription box that you’ll love. With 4-6 collectibles and an exclusive T-shirt every month, this crate was made to satisfy your inner nerd.

 

 

DoodleCrate

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Art lovers, Doodle Crate is your chance to get all your required materials delivered directly to your door! This subscription box aims to inspire young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence by providing subscribers with a fun DIY design project to create every month.

 

BeautyFix

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BeautyFix is the ultimate subscription box for beauty lovers. Unlike its competitors, this subscription box contains full-size high-quality makeup and beauty  ADD hair products. From eyelash curlers and Dermalogica face wash to beauty blenders and Smashbox mascara, this subscription box will have all beauty lovers ~geeking~.

 

Loot Pets

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Yep, there’s even a subscription box that caters to your pets! With pet accessories, toys, and treats, this box is the ideal box for your beloved pet friend.

 

 

Did we miss your favorite subscription box? Let us know which boxes you subscribe to in the comment section below.

 

5 Things to Do The First Day of Summer in Montreal

Summer is upon us!

Guys, we made it – today is officially the first day of summer AND hump day! Needless to say, this gives us the perfect excuse to go out and do something fun in an effort to celebrate the coming of everyone’s favourite season while simultaneously grooming us to get through the rest of the week. To ensure you make the best of  today, we have curated a list of great Montreal activities you can partake in tonight to commemorate the coming of the summer sun:

 

Rent a Bixi

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Enjoy the warming weather by going for a bike ride around our beautiful city.
With Bixi station at every corner, you’re free to ride wherever.

 

Get Some Ice Cream!

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What better way to ring in the summer than with everyone’s favourite summer sugary treat? Better yet, try out one of Montreal’s premier ice cream spots for an especially mouth-watering experience.

 

Chill Out on a Rooftop Terrasse

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Feeling tired after a long day at work? What better way to decompress than enjoying a drink or some apps (maybe both) in the sun at one of Montreal’s amazing rooftop terrasses.

 

Head to Mount Royal

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Okay, we know hiking up the mountain has made countless lists/activity suggestions, but how can we help ourselves? The top of Mount Royal is debatably the best view in the city. Not feeling so adventurous? Then simply take a few minutes to soak up the sun or enjoy a bite in the park. Either way, this is a prime spot to enjoy the first day of summer in Montreal.

 

Enjoy Some Greenery

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From Jardin Botanique to Atwater Market, there are tons of places in Montreal where you can enjoy flowers, fruits, greenery, and so much more! From Japanese-inspired gardens to fresh fruits and vegetables, celebrate the coming of summer at one with nature – or at least getting some fresh food in your system.

 

What will you get up to tonight? If you know of any other great activities to celebrate the first day of summer in Montreal, let us know in the comment section below. Happy first day of summer everyone!

 

6 Best Montreal Ice Cream Spots

Get your fix.

Montreal is a city known for its world-class culinary experiences. From seafood to vegan options, food tours of any type are available around the city. For those of us with a slightly sweeter palette, an ice cream tour sounds like something straight out of heaven. When you’re ready to attempt such an ~ambitious~ project, make your way to these Montreal ice cream spots. Oh, and one last thing; beware of brain freeze!

 

La Diperie

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Start your ice cream tour at Montreal’s most infamous ice cream parlor – La Diperie. With delicious toppings and an Instagram-worthy blue wall, this MTL staple is the perfect stop on any hot sunny day

 

 Vivrent

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Transport yourself to Italy with this amazing Montreal gelato spot. From homemade baked goods to various delicious gelato flavours, your tastebuds will be thanking us.

 

Mlle Catherine

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What could taste more like your childhood than ice cream AND Lucky Charms? The answer is nothing. Mlle Catherine offers a cute (and delicious) Lucky Charm ice cream cone, served with their amazing ice cream. Needless to say, this is a great spot to stop for ice cream in Old Montreal.

 

Kem CoBa

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With daily changing flavors and delectable soft serve ice cream, Kem Coba is a Montreal ice cream spot you can’t miss.

 

Ca Lem

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If there’s an ice cream spot equally as ‘gram-able as La Diperie,  it would have to be Ca Lem. This ice cream parlour is Montreal’s premier spot to get black ice cream – a trendy treat that’s blown up over the past few summers.

 

Le Blueboy

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Home to the famous Churro sundae, Montreal’s Le Blueboy is no stranger to the trendy ice cream game. Best of all, these delicious treats come with a variety of toppings and melted chocolate.

 

 From Vivrant to Kem Coba, you have the perfect Montreal ice cream parlor bucket list to get through this summer. Did we miss your favorite Montreal ice cream spot? Let us know in the comment section below.