Do it for the ‘Gram – Top 10 Food Insta Spots in the city

 

Are you an Instagram diva? Looking for the right spots to hit the most amazing food inns in Montreal? Well, you will be now attracting more than hundreds of followers just by adding these Instagramable food spots. We have collected the most visited, most ‘Grammed food spots for your ease!

 

 La Diperie Ice Cream

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If you are looking for an original, of higher quality, attractive to the eye and delicious creamery then La Diperie is the place. Get a wide range of exotic flavours, colourful gelato and lots of topping options. From wide variety of chocolates to fruity and bubblegum flavours; each dessert is a delightful sight to the eyes and tongue! So if you are whore for good instagram photos head up to the this great venture!

 

 

Le Blossom

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If you crave asian cuisine then Le Blossom is the right place to hit. The ambiance will take you to Japanese spring streets, loaded with blossoms. The beautiful blossom tree right in the centre is a great attraction to all the visitors. Le Blossom is not only famous for the ambiance rather they serve extremely delicious asaina cuisines. Their fried apple pie gyoza served with vanilla ice cream is to die for. We can definitely say that it is worth the hype.

 

Falafel St.Jacques

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Check out wide variety of Arabic cuisine. Ranging from shawarma wraps to falafels, this food in is quite a treat for vegans. 

 

The LockHart Bar

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Try wide range of eye appealing drinks and a variety of pastas and starters at Lockhart Bar.

 

impasto

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This amazing eatery is all about pastas. Scallops, shrimps, chicken coupled with pasta of all shapes and sizes that takes you back to the streets of Italy. 

 

Patisserie Rhubarbe

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Get to indulge in various mouthwatering desserts. This amazing patisserie offers the most colorful and photogenic rhubarbs, tarts, cakes and desserts.

 

Makro Restaurant

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Hands down to the Montreal’s best seafood restaurant. Order their live octopus to flaunt the photos on Instagram! 

 

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Home of the infamous charcoal ice cream!

 

Marcus

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Marcus is the newest addition to Montreal’s foodie scene by Harlem Chef Marcus Samuelsson. And we assure you, every dish looks as delectable as it tastes! Located inside the Four Seasons, this is the perfect spot to splurge a little.

 

Did we miss one of your favourite Instagram-ready food spots in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or on Instagram at @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!

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!

6 #LifeHacks to Ace Midterms

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You begin with a semester and as soon as you are about to get hold of the subjects an alarm starts to buzz in the background intimating about the upcoming midterms!! But didn’t we just start? Is the first question that pops! The exam tremors start creeping up and the hysteria starts to knock the leftover sense. And the brain finally tries to sink in the reality and announces, ‘My dear! There is absolutely no escape. Therefore you better start studying before your student residence becomes a scene from a horror movie!

Midterm fever may try to take you down with all its energy but hey there, we have got you covered! Here is a compilation of some extraordinary guide points to help you get through your midterm examination!

PLAN IT AHEAD

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Don’t get carried away at the thought of Syllabus Sea. It’s alright! Make a schedule and divide the subjects or included topics and plot them against the number of days left. Making a plan will actually regain your confidence that you can still do something about it. The plan needs to be followed religiously. Do NOT just make it and let it sit inside the journal. FOLLOW! Also, your schedule should be three things. Achievable, Realistic and Crisp!

STUDY SMART NOT HARD

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Be smart in a way; that before you stick down to cram up the whole syllabus, it is recommended to gather all the hand-outs and notes taken in the class. Pile these up, and start going through these first. It is very smart to go through all the past tests and assignments to give yourself a fair idea of what your teacher thinks is important from exam point of view. However, this should not be just it; you must go through the other parts as well.

GROUPING

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Must have heard, ‘Two heads are better than one’! Well, you may ask a couple of your classmates to gather in your student residence for giving your study game a raise. This will make you feel felt and you’ll have the confidence of others being in the same boat as you. Make sure the partners that you choose must have the same targets as yours; otherwise, the whole plan can be a fiasco! Grouping can also help you with the missing notes and concepts. So do not hesitate to ask for it!

SAVE THE TIME

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STOMPING ON SLEEP

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This one is strictly prohibited. A fresh brain can perform thrice as better than an insomniac or worn out brain. Try not to drag yourself through the all-nighters. Take at least three to four hours of sleep before appearing for the exam.

CHANGE PLACES

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Change of scenery can help you feel afresh and can affect your retention. Try changing places while prepping. If the grouping worked for you, you may take turns in others’ rooms as well. And if not that, use the library or a nearby coffee shop for the purpose!

 

Keep yourself all collected through the midterm mania. A stitch in time saves nine. Don’t rely on the last minute preparation. Start preparing well ahead to save yourself from distress. Also, this guide works before the eleventh hour as well. We have warned you!

What are your favorite hacks to get through the midterms? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative methods.

15 Ways to Spend a Cold Day in Montreal

Ah, Canadian Winters.

As we ring in mid-January in Montreal, it’s no surprise that there’s been some seriously frigid weather and large snowfalls. As we know all too well, it won’t stop here – the coldest days are upon us with some that have yet to come. With such weather, signature Montreal activities often become limited. Instead, next time you’re ~basically too cold to move~,  try one of these 15 fun things to do in city’s cold, cold weather.

Dance it off at Montreal’s premier winter festival; Igloofest.

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Warm your insides with a hot coffee from downtown’s newest cafe, Cafe Jouney.

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Sweat it out at one of Montreal’s premier spas … but be sure to stay in the warm baths!

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Go shopping for an absurdly over-sized blanket scarf, and then wear it.

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Stage a Staycation at a Montreal hotel or Air BnB.

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Whip out your warm socks and hot cocoa, and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show.

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Don’t be constrained just because it’s too cold (and snowy) to enjoy a real picnic, create yourself an indoor picnic!

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Get liquid warmth at Montreal’s newest mixology bistro Kemestre Gourmet Bar.

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Hangout in tropic-assimilated weather at Montreal’s Biodome.

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Take a cute photo in your favorite winter wear.

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Grab your favorite friends/family and make a board game day/night!

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Brace the cold and going skiing at Parc Mont Royale.

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Culture always beats cold! Spend the day at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Grab your bestie and try making one of these awesome (and healthy-ish) recipes.

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When all else fails, curl up with some tea and one of these great books.

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We’re ready to brace the cold! How will you beat the cold this winter in Montreal? Share your experience and photos with us on Instagram.

5 Ways to get A’s this Semester

Back to the grind…

Guys, we have some bad news … as you’ve probably noticed, school is about to start back up once again. Instead of crying over the end of everyone’s favorite season and the omnipresent workload, we’ve decided to go into it with a positive frame of mind this year. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 tactics to ensure you get the best grades yet in all of your classes this semester.

 

Stay Organized

Whether your organizational weapon of choice is a giant calendar, iPhone, or agenda, staying organized is crucial for a successful semester. Not only will you be able to track important dates and schedule studying time, but with a standardized scheduling system, you will have peace of mind due to a direct overview of all of your tasks, commitments, and due dates.

 

Find your Workflow

One of the hardest parts of getting your semester in order is finding your workflow. From in-lecture reviews, reading, writing assignments, and studying for tests/quizzes/exams, it’s no secret that students are bombarded with work. However, figuring out which ways you work best make tackling this workload a breeze. Map out your workflow, and stick with it! Need some extra guidance? Try using Trello.

 

Schedule Studying Time

This goes without saying, the more you study, the better you will do on exams and tests. Even if it’s once a week to review the notes you’ve taken and concepts you’ve covered in your lecture, scheduling study time is an inherently critical activity when aiming for high grades. You’ll be thanking yourself when you no longer feel the need to stay up all night, cramming for the next morning’s midterm. No matter how many classes you’re taking on this semester, scheduling study time will help you get that A! Do you prefer studying on-the-go? Check out Cram (thank us later).

 

Live Healthily

This probably isn’t the first you’re hearing of a healthy lifestyle being relative to good grades. This is because proper sleep and healthy food ensure your brain is in an optimal state to learn and retain information, and your energy levels are where they should be. Nothing’s worse than feeling drained and still having a 3-hour lecture to attend before going home…

 

Attend your Classes

Ok, this one goes without saying, yet may be the hardest of them all. Attendance and good grades are inextricable from one another. Despite cold wintery mornings, getting out of bed and to class is guaranteed to improve your grades. Feeling like skipping out on some readings? All the more reasons to get your butt to classes! You won’t regret it.

 

What are your favorite tricks to ensure good grades in your classes? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

 

Your Ultimate Guide to Osheaga 2017

It’s time!

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Everybody’s favourite weekend has finally arrived; it’s time for Osheaga once again. The 3-day music and arts festival kicks off tomorrow afternoon marking 3 days of non-stop music, events, and contemporary art displays. Whether you’re on Osh veteran or a heading out for the first time this year, the festival can be absolutely hectic. To help you navigate the chaos and get the best out of your weekend, we’ve created the ultimate Osheaga 2017 Handbook composed of essential tips and tricks to assure a magical time.

 

#1 Plan ahead- download the app.

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Don’t end up telling your Osheaga story with the line “Oh no we didn’t know what stage they were on/when they were playing so we missed them”-  plan ahead! The official Osheaga 2017 mobile app is your go-to tool. Not only is jammed packed with features to get you hyped for the festival, but there’s both a comprehensive lineup overview with dates, times, and stages, as well as an awesome functionality to create your own schedule complete with notifications. That’s right, there’s no excuse not to plan (and stick to) the perfect schedule for this weekend.

 

#2 Bring lots of water… for the line.

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With copious amounts of people in attendance and a forecast of sunny hot weather, bringing water for the lineup in is absolutely essential. Although you can’t bring outside liquids in, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the wait – which can amount to anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. Oh, and pre-hydration is the also a great way to avoid $5 water bottles for a little while at least.

 

#3 Visit Osheaga Village.

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You can’t complete the Osheaga experience without spending some time in Osheaga Village. Perfect for some downtime between sets, Osheaga Village spans through the park and forest areas of Parc Jean Drapeau. Consisting of amazing interactive and static art setups, spots to chill, games, and other attractions, this section of the festival is worth checking out just as much as the shows.

 

#4 Check out the commercial areas.

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Another great Osheaga perk? There’s a ton of free stuff. From shoes and clothes to energy drinks and makeup, the commercial area is filled with top brands setting up fun activations for festival goers to enjoy. Need some convincing? Last year NYX Cosmetics set up a free touch up station, while Vans Montreal opened a mini skate park, and H&M had a full on party going on inside their tent. Needless to say, the commercial is definitely a must-see for new and veteran Osheaga goers alike.

 

#5 Eat something delicious.

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Have you been to First Fridays yet? If not, you’re in luck as Montreal’s awesome food truck scene shows up for the fun at Osheaga. From iced coffee spots to mid-day waffles or Montreal favorite Mandy’s, the food choices at this festival are nothing short of amazing. Get the full experience by trying one of the many great food options this weekend, you surely won’t regret it.

 

You are now officially ready for Osheaga! Did we miss one of your favorite festival prep steps? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us on Instagram at @stcathys.

Need a place to stay this weekend? No problem, book your Montreal accommodations right now by clicking here.

 

Best Montreal Music Festivals

‘Tis the (festival) season.

No matter where you’re from in the world, it’s’ an undeniable fact that music brings people together. Even more so, there’s nothing like a music festival – summer vibes, like-minded music lovers, and top tier acts; it’s easy to see how music festivals inextricably linked to a great summer. Montreal being one of Canada’s premier art scenes, the city offers an abundance of festivals no matter your taste in music. Check out our list of the various MTL music festivals by music genre.

 

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EDM lovers, this one is for you! Montreal’s somewhat new electronic dance music festival has proved to keep up with other big Canadian festivals like Toronto’s Veld and B.C.’s Pemberton.

 

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This huge music and arts festiva gains attention globally, with top artists headlining and performing at the event. Not only are the shows amazing, but Osheaga village is a must-have experience at least once in your life!

 

Jazzfest

Jazz lovers, you’re in the right city. Join people from all over the world at MTL’s renowned Jazzfest.

 

Heavy Montreal

There’s even one for those that prefer heavy metal.

 

Montreal International Reggae Fest

We’re jammin’.

 

Picnik Electro

 

Picnik is a Montreal staple that runs every weekend during the summer – yes Every. Weekend. Make sure to grab your EDM loving friends and hit up Picnik for an unforgettable Saturday.

 

Valhalla Sound Circus

Rock-lovers, this is a premier rock-centric weekend event, packed with great acts alongside an environment of free expression synthesizing art, music, and adventure all into one weekend.

 

Festival Mondial des Cultures

 

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In the mood for a cosmopolitan event, incorporating music from all over the world? Expand your horizons and embark on a new cultural experience at this dance festival in Drummondville!

 

What are you waiting for? Pick an event and get to dancing!

5 Trends to Embrace this Summer

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As school comes to an end (for most of us), and summer trips and internships become top priority, this period marks the perfect time to try something new, make changes, or implement healthier habits. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our favorite lifestyle, fashion, party, and health trends for you to try this summer!

 

Make/Drink Juices

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Start your morning off right by ditching your first daily coffee for an organic juice. Whether made at home or a stopping it at Freshii, adding a juice to your diet is sure to have positive effects, and exhilarate your taste buds. Not only do many of these juices taste delicious, but wit active ingredients like ginger, they help speed up your metabolism too #winning.   

Check out some of our favorite recipes.

 

Hit up a Music Festival

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Okay, I know this seems like a basic summer element checklist item, but given the abundance of amazing festivals in Montreal, you can’t miss out on spending the day at least one festival. Feel the vibes and enjoy a day out in the sun, no matter your preferred type of music.

 

Go on a “Staycation”

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Because vacations are so last summer. Whether it be a weekend in Tremblant, visiting Chicoutimi falls(link), or simply experiencing some of Montreal’s own tourist attractions, take some time to discover the coolest spots in your city or Province.

 

Try Photography

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It seems like everyone’s taking up photography lately. Why not try it out? Expand your artistic portfolio and try getting behind the lens this summer! Montreal’s vibrant downtown, picturesque landscapes, and a constant stream of people make this city a perfect spot to get great shots, no matter the style you decide to try.

 

Enjoy Some Instagram-Worthy Bites

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Okay so everyone and their mom post food pics on Instagram, but we can’t help but encourage it when Montreal is home to countless Instagram-worthy meals. Whether you choose La Diperie ice cream, bites from Mandy’s food truck, or a healthier choice from Vivalia, this city is home to many picturesque food options.

 

Go Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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SUP boards have become huge over the past two years, and we can attest as to why; spending some time out on a board is both relaxing and fun. They also create a perfect afternoon no matter your vibes; adventurers can paddle across a lake, yogis can enjoy and challenge themselves with some SUP yoga, and chillers can just hang out and tan on their boards for a while. What are you waiting for? Rent a SUP board in MTL today!

You’re sure to enjoy these popular activities, we promise. After all, they’ve become trends for a reason!

Montreal Summer Jobs Calling your Name

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Now that the school year has come to an end, the next important order of business for most students is to find a job. And yes, your parents have probably been nagging about locking down your summer job for weeks (and maybe even months) now, but the procrastination is inevitable. In case slacked a little and are now rushing for a job, we’ve come up with a list of 10 Montreal summer jobs and internships that are available right now! Thank us later.

 

Tutor

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Use all your knowledge from higher education to tutor some younger students this summer. Know a second language? Even better!

Apply here.

 

Laboratory Assistant

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Science students, a lab job in your field is sure to look great on those precious med school applications!

Apply here.

 

Student Painter

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Spend time both inside and outside working as a painter this summer! It may not be the most glamorous job, but you’re sure to have a great crew full of people your own age, and still avoid a minimum-wage paycheck.

Apply here.

 

Multimedia and Communication Specialist

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Looking for something more interesting than a classic retail/fast food part time job? Seize your opportunity to network and build your resume as a Multimedia and Communication Specialist at CHIP.

Apply here.

 

Office Intern

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Want to get first-hand experience in a non-profit organization and build your resume, but still get paid? Well, then this internship has your name written all over it!

Apply here.

 

Customer Relations

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Get your foot in the door of the pharmaceutical industry with this customer relations positions. This summer job can hold great benefits for science, business, and communications students, while simultaneously serving as an alternative to the classic part-time job.

Apply here.

 

Summer Camp Facilitator

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For those in the health field, this position as a summer camp facilitator helping people with disabilities will be a great opportunity to ditch a PSW position and try something different, sure to be a fulfilling experience.

Apply here.

 

Brand Ambassador

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Change your pace with a brand ambassador position. Not only are these jobs well-paid, but what’s better than hanging out and interacting with people all day, both inside and outside. Oh, and did we mention there’s usually an exciting event and a freebie or two involved?

Apply here, here, here, or here.

 

What are you waiting for? Grab an awesome summer position while they’re still available.