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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beach day

 


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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tamtams

 


Rage at Montreal’s premier winter rave, Igloofest

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igloofest

 
Learn something at the Montreal Science Center

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science center

 

 

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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Le belmont

 

 

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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Just for Laughs Montreal

 

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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st cat

 

 

Try a Montreal style bagel (and never go back)

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REALbagel

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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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10 HACKS TO MAKE LIFE CHEAPER

Montreal is known world-wide for the city’s unique vibe and the outrageous nightlife, but between La Champagnerie, spending endless money on concert/show tickets to Beachclub and New City Gas, and blowing all of your money on the world-class Montreal food, it gets expensive quick. This list contains some of the best places and tips to make your MTL life a little cheaper:

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out the many thrift stores around Montreal (Eva B), and try out shopping online and checking the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eating for cheap does exist around Montreal.

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In fact, we wrote a whole article on it! Check out our cheap eats article

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, you can rent benefits from simply living away from home as a student if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use Plastic Bottles

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Get your own plastic bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Never forget these Starbucks hacks exist.

 

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

14 HILARIOUS TWEETS ABOUT UNI

They get us every time.

As the second week of school is officially upon us, the September blues begin to set in. However, you can take comfort in knowing that pretty much all college/university students alike are currently feeling one another’s struggle. From Concordia to UBC, let’s take a moment to laugh at our collective struggle of living the student life, with these 14 hilarious tweets about uni life:

 

Seems legit.

seems legit

 

Watch out for the rare non-coffee drinkers.

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Ah the bi-yearly mental breakdown, right on schedule.

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LOL…oops

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There must be a better way.

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Okay not school related but I could definitely take a note from this guy’s book.

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At least we can dodge them for a few more months.

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Good news, there’s hope for us yet.

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Taking time to ponder those deep-universe questions.

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The textbook struggle.

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That moment you regret your Arts degree.

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When you’re on the extra extra cheap eats vibes.

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Exams be like.

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The majority level of dedication to my grades.

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BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN PLACES IN MONTREAL

This one’s for you, veggie-lovers.

If you subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you may be used to having a hard time finding a suitable restaurant or fast-food options, but luckily Montreal likes to cater to the healthy! Here’s a list of 10 of the best vegetarian and vegan places in Montreal:

 

Crudessence – 2157 Rue Mackay

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Vegan restaurant or healthy living classes? The choice is yours as Crudessence! Focused on serving you healthy, energy-filled meals, Crudessence offers 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan, and homemade dishes, perfect for getting the healthiest and most efficient energy out of any meal! They also offer healthy living/cooking classes, so if you’re into fitness or healthy eating, this will be your new fav place!

 

Bonnys – 1748 Rue Notre Dame O.

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If you’re into eating vegetarian, yet love ethnic foods, a unique dish, or global culinary culture, Bonny’s if for you. This restaurant strives specifically to make vegetarian and vegan dining fun and exciting- and do so by providing diverse selections of delectable ethnic tastes from around the world… I’m already hungry.

 

Aux Vivres – 4631 Boul. Saint Laurent

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This bright hangout is one of Montreal’s best vegetarian restaurants. Similar to Bonny’s, Aux Vivres focuses on ridding the idea of boring from vegetarian dishes, and creates innovative delish vegan food. Between that, the extensive (and delicious) juice bar, and an attractive patio, Aux Vivres is begging to host your next lunch date. 

 

Burrittoville – 2055 Rue Bishop

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All the joy of a burrito, without the meat. Burritoville is an OG Montreal vegetarian restaurant, featuring no-meat tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. In the chill setting with live music and art, this is a perfect spot to mix Montreal culture with mouthwatering vegetarian burritos.

 

Resto Vego – 1204 Avenue Mcgill College

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Montreal’s Resto Vego combines the savoir-faire of over 35 years in the vegetarian restaurant industry, with the ~bombness~ of a buffet restaurant. That’s right, ALL. YOU. CAN. EAT. Go ahead, indulge a little.

 

Lola Rosa Cafe – 545 Rue Milton
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Lola Rose is perfect when you’re seeking a pub night or actively looking to fill a bar-food craving. With beers on tap and an extensive menu, Lola Rose Cafe is the perfect night spot to stay awhile and indulge with your friends.

 

Antitode Comtpoir Vegane – 3459 Rue Ontario

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Antitode Comptoir Vegane is a big Montreal vegan restaurant that works in promotion of eco-friendly, healthy, organic, and vegan eating in Montreal. This restaurant, however, goes above and beyond an ordinary dinner- the brand also offers an email list containing healthy recipes, online grocery shopping, and members rewards and discounts. Antitode is much more than a restaurant- more like a healthy-living and vegan community.

 

Sushi Momo -4669 Rue Saint Denis

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Yes, this city has it all- Sushi Momo is Montreal’s premier vegetarian sushi spot. The restaurant focuses on vegetarian sushi and Japanese cuisine, offering a big selection with over 10 types of vegetarian sushi- the most diverse in Montreal!

 

La Panthere Vert 2153 Mackay & 66 St. Viateur

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Smoothies, sandwiches, cookies & cakes, juices- Le Panthere Vert’s menu is catered to be the perfect lunch or mid-afternoon munchie spot for vegetarians and vegans around Montreal. Not only that, but if you or your date has a sweet-tooth, the above mentioned available cookies & cakes are an entire menu section with many options and flavours – sure to satisfy even the most sugar-obsessed.

10 of The World’s Coolest Jobs

What are we going to school for anyway?

 

As much as capitalizing on the student life is enjoyable while it lasts, eventually getting a full-time job is inevitable – we will all become part of the labour force one way or another, so why not let it be the most enjoyable way possible? Some people subscribe to that paradigm, allowing their fiery passions to carry them into the workforce, thus creating arguably some of the world’s coolest jobs. For some serious inspo further education, check out these 10 unconventional and insanely cool full-time jobs:

 

Chocolate Taster

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Probably not skinny, but definitely delicious.

 

Personal Ferrari Shopper

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I wonder if there’s a staff discount?

 

Vacation Tester

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Getting paid to vacation, I’m sold.

 

Award Show Seat Filler

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award seat filler

Rub shoulders and hang out with celebrities, what’s not to like?

 

Livestream Eater

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Indulge while doing some serious public service by ensuring people never eat alone (Yes, this is seriously a thing).

 

Video Game Tester

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The best way to avoid being yelled at by a parent/significant other/roommate about your video game addiction is (of course) by making a job out of it so no one can tell you otherwise. You’re really busy “working”.

 

Movie/Food Critic

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You literally get paid to go to the movies. Need I say more?

 

NFL, NHL (or any major sports league) Official

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See the games from the best possible spot… On the field!

 

Paranormal Investigator

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You can actually be a GhostBuster.

 

Disney Princess/Prince

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Live out that childhood dream.

 

 

Whatever you passion, what’s stopping you from turning it into your job!