YOUR MTL BUCKET LIST

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Fill your weekends up, take your friends from out of town, find a date, blow off studying… find pretty much any reason to complete our Montreal bucket list. This list of 40 must-do Montreal activities will have you feeling the city’s vibe!

 

 

Walk, dine, and adventure in Old Port


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Get your dose or culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Go shopping and grab an organic bite at Eva B on St Laurent

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Hit up a Montreal Beach (or topless beach if you dare!)

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Visit the ever-changing Mcgill’s Urban Forest, downtown on Sherbrooke

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Go hang out with the kitties (and maybe Dillon Francis) at the Montreal Cat Cafe

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Spend a lazy Sunday at Tamtams

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Rage at Montreal’s premier winter rave, Igloofest

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Learn something at the Montreal Science Center

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Check out one of Montreal’s renowned music festivals (Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Jazzfest, etc.)

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Be a ride warrior at Parc Jean Drapeau’s La Ronde

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Enjoy the themed gardens at Montreal’s Botanical Garden

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Watch the sunset at Parc Lafontaine


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Don’t stop the party at one of Montreal premiere after-hours bars like Stereo, open until a whopping 10am!

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Enjoy tea-time at the Ritz Montreal

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See a concert at le Centre Bell- Kanye’s coming on September 7th

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Enjoy Parc Jean Drapeau’s International Firework Festival

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Try rooftop drinks on a terrace downtown

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Dance the night away at Le Belmont

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Take an insta pic at Place des Arts (or any of these prime locations)

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Make it to the top of the Mount Royal lookoutmountroyal2

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Festival Mondiale de la Biere

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Picnic and take advantage of Quebec’s picnic law on a Sunday afternoon at Parc Angrignon

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Head to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival (just don’t get pranked!)

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Get lost in the underground- you know it’ll happen

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Try a French delicacy from Le Maison Du Macaroon

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Visit the Montreal Biodome

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Go shopping on St Catherine Street

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Try a Montreal style bagel (and never go back)

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EAT. POUTINE. ANYWHERE.

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Lounge at one of Montreal’s many amazing spas

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Check out these secret swimming spots

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Hang out in Apartment 200’s living room

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Go night skating on one of Montreal’s gorgeous lit up skating rinks

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Take a ride on Montreal’s musical swing set

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Take the challenge and try finding some of the coolest street art spots you can in Montreal (hint hint: Old Port)

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Take the Mile End Food Tour

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Try some maple syrup and check out “La Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon” (oh, so Canadian)

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Experience “Fete des Neige” at Parc Jean Drapeau this winter

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Experience the winter village at the Olympic Stadium

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20 THINGS TO DO IF YOU DON’T DRINK IN MONTREAL

From day to night, Montreal is just as bumpin’ without alcohol.

With so many in-your-face partying options, it’s easy to feel somewhat lost as someone who doesn’t drink in Montreal, but don’t worry because with world-class sites and culture, Montreal has many alcohol-less options to offer. 

Ceramic Cafe-Studio

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If you’re the artsy type, this place is absolutely perfect. Paint and decorate ceramics while enjoying the cafe’s divers lunch, dessert, and drink menus, for a lovely afternoon.

Get more info here .

 

Moksha Yoga Studio

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Sweat it out while enjoying one of Moksha’s various hot yoga classes that target specific workout goals from strength training to flexibility classes- they have it all. Just make sure to bring lots of water because its gets H-O-T!

Get more info here.

 

Cat/Dog Cafe

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Hangout at the cat OR dog cafe- yes these are both real places where you get to hang out with some fur babies for an afternoon.

Get more info here.

 

Biodome and Planetarium

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A Montreal must-see- say hi to the monkeys and see an astronomy presentation that would put Neil Degrasse Tyson to shame, at the Montreal Biodome and Planetarium. This interactive experience is unlike any other in the city, and you surely won’t be disappointed.  (hint hint: there’s delightfully social penguins).

Get more info here.

 

Olympic Stadium

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Enjoy the (literally) lit Olympic Stadium that’s been a Montreal landmark for over 40 years. It’s absolutely gorgeous day or night, and the perfect place to hangout with a special someone. The stadium also hosts events which are also lit- in a different sense of the world.

For more info and an event calendar here.

 

Tea-time at the Ritz Carleton

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Hangout lavishly at the Ritz Carlton- one of the top hotels in Montreal and arguably one of the top hotel chains in the world. Tea-time at the Ritz, a tradition which originated in 1912 as place for the upper class to enjoy the social ritual of afternoon tea, has been revamped today, making it a perfect opportunity for anybody seeking an elegant afternoon.

Get more info or make a reservation here.

 

Botanical garden

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Yet another Montreal must-see, check out the beautiful Botanical Gardens. This huge 75 hectare garden features many thematic garden sets and greenhouses, and is absolutely gorgeous!

Get more info here.

 

Rent a Bike and Tour up Mount Royal

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Head to Mount Royal and rent a bike! The bike path begins at the George-Etienne Cartier monument on Park Avenue, and will take you up the mountain, ending in a gorgeous view of the city.

Get more info here.

 

Go Sidewalk or Thrift Shopping

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Montreal is not shy of sidewalk sales, thrift, or vintage shopping, and what better way to spend an afternoon or evening! Not only are you guaranteed to find some treasures, but with St. Catherine Street and Verdun’s annual sidewalk shopping festivals, you are also sure to find some truly unique pieces (and deals)!

Check out MTL Blog’s list awesome Montreal thrift shops here.

Get Montreal sidewalk sale info here.

 

Spend The Day in Old Port

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Depending on the time of year, Montreal’s Old Port offers many daily possibilities for adventure, from zip lining, to obstacle courses and giant mazes, to a delightfully lit skating rink. No matter the season, a day in Old Port is a decision sure to create cherished memories and likely to give you Old Port fever (you’ll be back).

Get more info here.

 

Centre Ballroom MTL

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Learn something new! Centre Ballroom MTL offers various dance classes and is a great way to get active while adding some spice into your life- with Latin, Salsa, and Ballroom dance classes, you can leave a true star.

Get more info here.

 

Visit one of Montreal’s Art Galleries

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As one of Canada’s culture capitals, Montreal has many art galleries that can cater to even the finest art buff’s tastes.

Here’s a list of Montreal Private Art Galleries: 

 

Amusement 2000

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Hit up Montreal’s giant arcade Amusement 2000. Not only is it bound to be an exciting outing, but open until 3am, it’s an ideal late night activity for non-drinkers!

Get tickets and more info here.

 

Imax and Montreal Science Centre

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Didn’t we tell you to learn something? If you didn’t feel the idea of dance classes, you can learn interactively at the Montreal Science Center, or by (GIANT) movies at Montreal’s IMAX. This outing is sure to pleasantly surprise you!

Get more information here.

 

Phi Centre

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Be ahead of the trend, and go experience virtual reality at the Phi Centre! Not only will you be one of the firsts to experience what’s bound to be our future, but you will have a unique experience that beats going out to eat any day!

Get more information here.

 

Peur Depot

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Get scared at Montreal’s Peur Depot Haunted House, as they claim to transform fear into an immersive and sensory experience. Check it out, if you dare…

Get more info here.

 

La Ronde

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If you’re a thrill-seeker, La Ronde, the huge amusement park at Parc Jean Drapeau, is your solution. With many roller coasters and rides, events, restaurants, games, and sometimes even fireworks, this is sure to be an action-packed day or night.

Get more information here.

 

Late Night Comedy Show

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Check out one of Montreal’s various late-night comedy shows! The opportunities are endless between the many comedy lounges in the city like Yuk Yuk’s, The Comedy Nest, and ComedyWorks Montreal- one of the clubs is sure to suit your comedy style.

Get more info here.

La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde, one of Montreal’s most popular student attractions has this week launched full time ahead of an action packed summer. From now onwards, the thrill seeking Theme Park will be open 7-days per week through the rest of June, July and up until August 25th. La Ronde officially opened its doors last month, but the exciting Theme Park will finally be open to tourists and local visitors every day of the week for what is sure to be one of summer’s most in demand experiences.

La Ronde’s newest 2015 attraction ‘Maison Rouge – Labyrinth of Terror’ has already been a huge hit with visiting students seeking a thrill. The creepy labyrinth welcomes visitors to explore its dark and crazy corridors, only to be hunted and tormented by insane clowns. Fans of Stephen King’s IT will love this terrifying experience.

Other popular rides with tourists and locals alike include sampling ‘Monstre’ the tallest two-track rollercoaster in the world, being spun around with ‘Ednör’ the sea themed rollercoaster, or taking a plunge with Goliath, the fastest ride at La Ronde.

If stomach churning fun isn’t appealing, no problem because La Ronde has other less intense attractions to enjoy for those students visiting Montreal seeking a more relaxing day of entertainment. La Ronde’s more leisurely rides including the beautiful Grande Roue Big Wheel, which offers some of the best panoramic views across Montreal, and the park’s Minirail is a great photo taking opportunity, and one of the best ways enjoy the park at its summer best.

Canada Day “Royal Troops Salute” Firework Display

On Wednesday July 1st La Ronde will join in with the rest of Montreal to celebrate Canada Day. However this year’s Celebration will be extra special, with La Ronde planning to delight audiences with a Firework Display to remember. A special salute to the Troops of the Royal 22nd Regiment display has been carefully created by organisers which will be performed alongside an enhanced musical presentation. This firework display is an event not to be missed, and the perfect way to experience Montreal’s hospitality on one of the most important and patriotic days in our Country. Organisers also plan a Season Finale spectacular celebrating Madonna, which is currently being kept under wraps.

Where to stay when visiting La Ronde

St Cathy’s in Montreal is the perfect place to stay for an awesome summer trip to La Ronde. Just a 15 minute drive away you can be back relaxing in our stunning residence after an exhausting day of thrill seeking. If you would like some advice in planning your next trip, then call St Cathy’s today on 514-296-1312.

 

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Montreal will play host to the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. And you know what that means? If you ever plan to go to Montreal or are near the city, then this is the best time to do so!

Of course, just like with all things, if you’re planning to go to Montreal between the days of June 10-13, it certainly won’t hurt you if come “prepared”, so to speak. So, how can you do so, then? Well, here are some suggestions below you might find some use for this weekend!

Race day

If you happen to be a racing fan, then this is simply a can’t-miss event for you. Getting premium seats at this junction, though, may be a bit difficult for you.

Thankfully, tickets for general admission are always made available for a daily basis, though the only place you can sit on is at the grass beside the track area. If you’re the type of person who’s not willing to get inside the “thick” of things, then you probably won’t mind this set-up.

Stuff to do

Okay, so you’re going to Montreal, but you’re not exactly a fan of Formula One or any forms of racing, for that matter. Hey, it’s still cool: there are tons of stuff you can check out while you’re at the city, with each possibly “catering” to any interest you may have.

For instance, the place where the Grand Prix will take place, Crescent Street, plays host to dozens and dozens of restaurants that will surely indulge the inner foodie in you.

On the other hand, the clubs located on Crescent Street will also be bringing in world-class DJs and musical talents that will surely provide you the necessary break from all of those asphalt-burning activities happening this weekend.

The highlights, though, are inarguably the official Grand Prix Festival events happening downtown in all three days. Not only will you get to actually touch real F1 cars up close, but the entire street will be closed off for the events so you can be able to party with the local musical acts that will provide you entertainment on your stay.

Where to stay

And speaking of “staying in”, you’re in luck since St. Cathy’s is located right down from Crescent Street! If you’re planning to stay for the duration of the entire weekend, then what better place to do so than somewhere that is just right beside where the party is happening? St. Cathy’s houses a vibrant student community, and you can probably make a few friends along the way while you’re at it!

Exploring Student Life In Montreal

Student life in Montreal Quebec Canada can be one of great bliss and discovery. Even if you’re traveling thousands of miles away to study in one of the large universities or smaller colleges, the area opens up to students and tourists in a way that most other cities don’t or can’t. This island has 19 boroughs and is the second largest city in Canada. It’s rich culture allows for linguists to have a fruitful adventure as it is the only French-speaking city in the continent of North America. There are incredible opportunities for international and local students staying in the city to explore, as it is one of the best locales to live, learn, and play in.

For students that are seeking diversity, the bilingual atmosphere is just the start. The city has been known as one of the happiest in the world, and has been ranked high in terms of celebration and diversity. The city hubs play a role in hosting some of the largest festivals of music, education, and more. Whether you’re studying deep academia or exploring the far reaches of art and music, you’ll find that the area is home to a wide range of events throughout the seasons, even in the cold.

When it comes to art, you will not be disappointed. The city comes alive with contemporary art, museums, and installations. From major festivals that celebrate cultural history, to pop art and much more. As far as exploring the arts, you’ll be home with the incredible options to explore. From the Montreal Planetarium, Centre d’historie de Montreal, Montreal Science Center, to the Redpath Museum, McGill University and others, you will never have a dull moment in terms of exploring the artistic history of the city and surrounding educational centers.

Economic development has been growing in the area, and recently has boasted large scale projects around the borders. While the global economies are struggling, Montreal has seen vibrant employment rises, and major engineering, research, development and academic projects. This is a good thing for students that fall in love with the area and decide to stay after graduating from their studies. With so many employment opportunities abounding in nearly every industry, sticking around may just very well be one of the keys to the success the city has enjoyed for many years.

Student life can be more than just about studying, as Montreal Quebec Canada boasts some of the largest shopping, tourist, and nature areas in the nation. Not only that, professional sports as well as collegiate sports thrive in the city. With large scale arenas that house just about every type of sport, you will find yourself lost in the cheers of the local favorites. Professional sports teams include major teams in the MLS, NBLC, CFL, NHL, Canadian Women’s Hockey League, USL W-League, and so many others.

No matter what brings you to study in Montreal Quebec Canada, you will find that student life can be filled with a diverse array of activities. You will not be holed up in a dorm room studying alone, as there’s so much to explore.

Montreal’s “Butterflies Go Free” Festival At Jardin Botanique

 Looking for something colorful to do this weekend? Step into the wonderful world of Jardin Botanique. This botanical garden and planetarium is located in Montreal and home to some of the most eye catching wonders of the world. Since 1988 the Jardin Botanique de Montreal has hosted unique events that are open to the public. This year the gardens insectarium will be hosting a “Butterflies Go Free” festival. Over 20,000 species of butterflies from Malaysia, Costa Rica, Kenya, El Salvador, Tanzania and the Phillipines will be filling the rooms for all to experience. The colorful insects will be released 100 at a time over the course of the event. This event will take place February 19 through April 26. The butterfly festival runs all day. Witness for yourself as these shimmery creatures create an aerial ballet before your eyes. Make sure to bring you phone or camera for this event. You don’t want to miss out on catching some great photos of these splendid creatures.

 

The event is located at 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est Montréal. It is only 19 minutes from St. Cathys Residence and is easily accessible by cab or metro.

Igloofest Takes Over St. Cathy’s Residence

Igloofest is amongst us again for its 8th consecutive year in a row. The annual outdoor festival will take place again in Old Port Montreal. World renowned DJ’s will be taking to the stage to bring you dirty beats and electrifying light shows. Brave the cold and dance under the stars to this years hottest electronic music.

Igloofest will be running for 4 straight weekends through the month of January and February. Right now the event is only in its 2nd weekend and is already creating much hype. Students from the surrounding schools will be there showing off their true electro colors.

Don’t forget to dress warm and wear colorful clothes. Igloofest photographers will be snapping photos of some of the wildest outfits they see from its concert goers. Glow sticks, neon jackets and sparkly hats will be much of the outer wear you will see at this years festival.

St. Cathy’s Residence is easily accessible by cab or metro. By cab it is only a 9 minute ride to the venue. The metro runs every 15 minutes if you wish to commute, Guy-Concordia (across from St. Cathy’s) to Champs de Mars. Make sure to tag along with some friends and play it safe, we know its going to be a wild night you’ll never forget.

Find Your Own Home in St. Cathy’s: Montreal Apartments for Students

Find Your Own Home in St. Cathy’s: Montreal Apartments for Students

The place where you hang your coat; the place you share laughter with the people who matters to you most; the place where you belong and cherished is…your home. “There is no place like home” is a famous quotation known to many of us because what it speaks is true. There is no other place that we feel safe, cared for, loved, and protected than our home, our resting place, our safe roof as we weather life’s tough storms.

Live Independently.

The importance of the place we live is something that we cannot disregard. Our home is our shelter and as much as possible we wanted to live comfortably with our loved-ones. While there are also many of us who wanted to live independently, still the essence of a good home remains.

Live in Harmony with the Fast-paced Life.

However, our generation made it difficult for many of us to find a place perfect to live peacefully and in harmony with nature especially in urban areas. The fast-paced life is something that many people are required to adapt. Fortunately, there are Montreal apartments like St. Cathy’s that can make a dream of peaceful and sustainable lifestyle possible for students.

Live in Comfort and Style.

Many people are becoming interested to live in urban places which are accessible and can offer them optimal livability. The challenge is to find the best among Montreal apartments that offer sustainable lifestyle, vibrant spaces, while building a healthy community. St. Cathy’s ensure great services with an amazing deal of amenities to ensure your comfort in your student life.

Live where you belong.

Look for a place that can encourage sense of belonging, a place that you can be proud to say, this is my home, and this is where I belong. Find the space where urban and sustainable living meets. There can be a lot of Montreal apartments to choose from, but the sense of community at St. Cathy’s is definitely exceptional.

Our blog is intended for students looking for awesome Montreal apartments where they can enjoy the best of both worlds—beautiful and functional units, and sustainable, friendly community. Feel free to go through the posts and find useful information, tips, news, and topics that tackles all about Montreal and things that may matter to your student life.

Urban living may sound chic or high-end living, but there is more to a building that makes life better and easier for many.