6 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).
  6. It’s a great excuse to try something new!

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

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What to do when your friends come visit Montreal

We can’t wait!

One of the best parts of living in Canada’s (arguably) coolest city, is that your friends from out of town will always want to come visit. Nothing makes you feel more at home and excited than a longtime bestie coming to your new city. The question then becomes, what to do? We have compiled a list of the best activities and places to take your friends from out of town when they come visit, showing them the best of Montreal!

 

Mount Royal

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You aren’t a true Montrealer unless you take your guests to the top of the mountain. #InstaPic anyone?

 

Old Port

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From the actual port and the food trucks to the terraces and zip line, Montreal’s Old Port is the prime place to take your friends. Not only does it display the Metropolitan yet historically rich vibe that ~basically~ defines Montreal, but there’s just so much to do! Spend the day exploring Old Port, ensuring to take a moment to chill in the beauty of the city.

 

Rooftop Drinks

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Whether you prefer the likes of Old Port’s Terasse Bonsecours or W&G on Crescent, you surely have to take your out-of-towner friend to one of Montreal’s rooftop terraces. Nothing says city afternoons like Sangria on a roof.

 

A Montreal Sunday

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From Tam Tams and Beaclub to Picnik Electro, there’s nothing like Sundays in Montreal. Show your friends what it really means to be a Montrealer by taking them to one of the city’s infamous Sunday parties. Whether your guests prefer to party hard (beach club) or relax and take advantage of the city’s Picnic Law (Tam Tams), there’s a Sunday event to suit everyone’s preferences.

 

Brunch

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Like most metropolitan centers, Montrealers love their brunch. Take your visitors to one of Montreal’s premier brunch spots during their weekend in town. A city famous for it’s culinary delights, they are sure to be blown away by any of these awesome spots. For an extra special experience, check out Old Port’s Le Bateau Mouche.

 

Place Des Arts

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Be true to Montreal’s artistic routes by checking out the latest instalment at Place des Arts. At the very least, you’ll be happy to stop by the musical swings.

 

St Laurent

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Check out some great shopping (1861 anyone?), Montreal’s famous gay village and rainbow balloons, and of course La Diperie, in the St Laurent area of the city. If you’re heading out later, don’t miss hitting up some of Montreal’s best clubs situated on the street!

 

Did we miss your favorite Montreal activity? Let us know in the comment section below. Need a place to stay with your friends for a weekend in Montreal? Our student housing serves as a hotel too! Get more information by clicking here.

5 Concerts You Need to Attend!

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Montreal is a city known for its strong culture and world-class art scene. Needless to say, the city attracts huge stars and great shows all year ’round. With energetic crowds and ~good vibes~, plenty of headliners ensure Montreal is a stop on their tour. With so much action and top of the line artists coming to the city, it can be challenging to narrow down which shows are worth checking out. To make it easier, we’ve curated a list of the next 5 concerts you need to be at! Trust us, you’ll be having some serious #Fomo is you neglect to attend one of these shows.

 

Jay-Z

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After the release of his new album, Jay-Z is heading on tour! We’re beyond ecstatic to announce that the king himself has decided to make Montreal a stop on his 4:44 Tour in November. The show will be held at the Bell Centre and tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 in the morning. This show is sure to sell out fast, so you’ll have to be quick to score yourself a ticket!

 

Imagine Dragons

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The famous indie-alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will be making their mark on the city at the Bell Centre on October 27th. Having had many hits within different genres of music over the years, the Friday night show is sure to attract a diverse crowd of true music lovers. Plus, with a newly released album that we can’t stop singing along to, we’re sure this show will be one for the books.

 

Queen & Adam Lambert

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Classic rock lovers, you won’t want to miss out on Queen in Montreal on July 17th. Sure to be a rocking’ Monday, former American Idol winner Adam Lambert serves as lead vocals with the band. Tickets may be slightly harder to score on such short notice, but if you are successful in scoring yourself a pair last minute, you won’t regret heading out to the Bell Centre for this show.

 

Kendrick Lamar

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Coming off his arguably best album yet “Damn.”, Kendrick Lamar has scheduled a stop in Montreal at the end of August. The rap superstar’s show is guaranteed to be electric, with thousands of fans gathering to show their support. We can’t wait to see if he brings any surprise guests (Rihanna anyone?)!

 

Lady Gaga

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If you’re in it for the theatrics, this is a show you won’t want to miss out on! Famous not only for her amazing voice AND throwing a great party but presenting a distinct performance, Lady Gaga is sure to provide you with an amazing experience. She will be performing at the Bell Centre on September 4th; the perfect way to spend your labour day.

 

I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to rock! Did we miss any amazing concerts coming to Montreal in the near future? Let us know who you’re excited to see in the comment section below.

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.

 

Where to Brunch This Weekend in Montreal!

Who doesn’t love a good brunch!?

There’s arguably nothing better than waking up on a groggy weekend morning and heading out with friends or loved ones to brunch! Luckily Montreal is full of world-class culinary experiences (just check out our ice cream bucket list), with brunch spots being absolutely no exception. A few months ago we created a list of 13 mouth-watering brunches offered in Montreal. In fact, our last list was such a hit that we’ve decided to curate a second guide to some more of the city’s top weekend brunch spots. Without further adieu, here are 5 more stops you need to hit on your summer weekend brunch tour of Montreal.

 

Maison Boulud

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A slightly more indulgent outing, Maison Boulud is an elegant French eatery overlooking the Ritz-Carlton’s garden. This is sure to be a classy outing topped off with a delicious meal cooked by the hotel’s head chef.

 

SuWu

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Feeling like a chill Saturday/Sunday morning spot to hangout and grab some equally delicious food? Try rustic eatery SuWu. Not only do they have an amazing brunch, but this cozy spot will have you coming back again and again!

 

Rosewood

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Don’t miss out on Montreal’s best mimosa! Rosewood is not only a nice spot to hangout and grab food any time of the day, but they arguably have once of the best brunch menus in the city – start your morning off right this weekend at Rosewood’s.

 

 

H4C Place Saint-Henri

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This scenic spot is tucked away where an a Montreal post office once was; giving the restaurant a unique ambiance. With a cool environment and a sizeable brunch menu, you won’t regret spending a Saturday or Sunday morning at H4C.

 

Hoogan & Beaufort

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Spend your next Sunday at the charming Hoogan & Beaufort on rue Molson. This atmospheric spot doubles as a great place to take your friends or to venture to during your next brunch date, with an incredible menu sure to please everyone!

 

Did we miss your favorite brunch spot on our previous two lists? If so let us know where you think the best weekend brunch in Montreal is, in the comment section below!

 

 

5 Productivity Tools Every Student Needs!

Get on track!

Naturally, during the busy school year, it’s easy to push things off until a calmer time rolls around. While the strenuous school year is out, take this opportunity to organize important parts of your life that you may get neglected as your time becomes increasingly occupied. From your health to financial management, check out these 5 great tools that will help you be your best self! Achieving your goals has never been easier.

 

FitnessPal

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Track your steps, exercise and eating habits with this goal-centric fitness mobile application. With a simplified experience that involves searching or scanning your food items and exercise, Fitnesspal is easily the best app to stay on top of your health!

 

Mint: Money Manager

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Save for your future house, retirement, or even just that clothing item you’ve been dying for with Mint Money Manager. There’s no better way to achieve your financial goals than beginning to track your finances and spending.

 

Trello

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Track your to-do’s, commitments, and goals, by using the new application Trello. This app is perfect to map out your schedule or track your workflow, no matter where you are in life; school, work, or aspiring to/running your own venture, among others. Best of all with mobile, tablet, desktop and Mac applications, this platform is always accessible.

 

Last Pass

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Okay, this one isn’t exactly free – but is sure to free up space in your mind! Last Pass is a mobile and desktop application that controls all of your passwords, automatically inputting them for each platform you choose to use. This way, logging in is as simple as the click of a button, while simultaneously only requiring you to remember one password.

 

Cram

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Cram is hands down the best study tool available today! This web/mobile application allows you to create countless flashcards for different subjects, that are shared between your web account and mobile application. This way, you can study on-the-go, while enjoying easy creation through their web-based platform.

 

Did we miss your favorite productivity app? If you have any hacks or tools to help get life on track that we’ve failed to mention, educate us in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Month!

Get busy!

Montreal can be quite an expensive city, but who doesn’t love going out when it’s completely free? We sure do! Next time you’re bored and feel like saving some hard-earned cash, check out one of these five awesome activities that are available to you this July and best of all, completely free!

 

Montreal’s Gay Village

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Enjoy a walk under the rainbow balloons in Montreal’s Gay Village. These balloons are one of St Laurent’s must-see staples, with colours that change annually.

 

Atwater Market

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Soak up the sun and fresh flowers and take a walk in the Atwater Market. Make sure you have your phone because this vegetation is one of the city’s most picturesque.

 

First Fridays

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Check out Montreal’s world renowned food truck culture during the weekly First Fridays festival.

 

Free Yoga

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Change things up and check out Parc Lafontaine’s free yoga classes! Namaste.

 

Beats & BBQ

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Feeling like a party? Check out Abreuvoire’s Beats & BBQ event! We can’t help but check out a party with free admission and chill house music.

 

What are your favorite free things to do in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below!

What to Wear Canada Day 2017

What to wear, where.

Canada Day is always a hard event to dress for – whether man or woman, putting together a solid red and white look can prove to be quite challenging. Luckily, we’re here to provide you with some serious outfit inspo for both men and women’s fashion, to have you wearing Canada proud this weekend!

 

Let’s Start with the Ladies: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Women

 

The Minimalist

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Pair a red striped shirt with red or white high waisted shorts for a minimalistic yet incredibly stylish look.

 

The Chic

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Catch eyes with your flawless style this Canada Day by using a white or red base with the opposite colour for accessories or tailored pieces. Take it a step further by carefully adding another accent colour to your look such as light blue or black (but beware of tacky-ness).

 

The Chill

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Heading out for a Canada day BBQ or day at the lake? Try a more casual red and white look, perfect for hanging around outside.

 

The Classic

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Not convinced? Go for the classic all white with red lipstick look! Simple & classy.

 

Now for the Men: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Men

 

The Tailored

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Try a red and white tailored look to really turn heads this weekend. Although slightly more expensive, these staple pieces can easily be mixed into your usual wardrobe as well.

 

The Chill

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Feeling like something more relaxed? Try a casual look with boat shoes and jeans or shorts – pairing red, white, and a little bit of denim to complete your Canada Day look.

 

The Streestyle

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More of a street style type of guy? A red bomber jacket will keep you stylish and in the Canada Day spirit!

 

Laidback – Classy

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Pair your favorite red or white summer pants with the opposite colour top/jacket for a classy yet laid back look this weekend. Perfect for anything from a BBQ to fireworks!

 

The Classic

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Similarily to your female counterparts, if all else fails go for a classic all white look. Guaranteed to kill every single time!

 

How will you express your personal style in collaboration with your Canadian pride this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your pictures on Instagram using the handle @stcathys.

 

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day This Weekend!

O’ Canada.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Canada is turning 150 years old this weekend! Celebrations and homages to the Great White North have been in preparation for weeks now; this Saturday marking the nation’s actual birthday. Whether you’re a visiting student, a Canadian national, or busy a tourist, everyone is invited to celebrate Canada day, alike. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to celebrate our amazing country’s birthday this weekend.

 

Watch the Annual Canada Day Fireworks

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Enjoy a classic Canada Day watching fireworks from countless spots in the city. From La Ronde to Lachine Canal and even Clocktower beach, all of your favorite Montreal hangouts will be hosting an amazing fireworks show.

 

Canada Day Parade

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Take part in the festivities by enjoying Montreal’s annual Canada Day parade. Conveniently situated in the downtown core, grab your favorite red and white pieces and show some Canadian pride!

 

Take a Trip to the Nation’s Capital

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Get in on Canada’s premier birthday party in the nation’s capital. Canada day in Ottawa is unlike any other! Grab some friends and head to Parliament Hill to enjoy countless festivities, a free concert featuring Canadian artists, and some awesome parties.

 

Celebrate in Old Port

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The Old Port of Montreal will have tons of activities and festivities set up for Canada day. From a petting zoo and face painting to inflatable games and delicious food, grab your friends and family and celebrate your nation in Old Port!

 

Check out Montreal Open Air Gallery

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Spend the day outside in Montreal’s Gay Village, as it hosts an amazing open air gallery. With countless amazing art pieces and tents to see while walking the streets, this is the perfect excuse to spend your Canada day outside.

 

What will you do this weekend to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal? Let us know 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.