5 Must-Do Activities this March in Montreal

Spring is in the air!

With the month of March quickly approaching, we’re starting to get over the winter blues and ready to begin

 

Check out to Bal en Blanc

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Ready to ring in the spring with an awesome party? Then grab your favorite white festival attire and head to New City Gas’ Bal en Blanc this March.

 

Try a Sugar Shack

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In true Canadian-fashion, check out one of the many sugar shacks surrounding the city. What better way to enjoy the mild end-of-winter weather than with a tasty treat?

 

Spring Skiing

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Get some friends together and head out to Mont Tremblant for a spring skiing trip. With the snow quickly melting, this will be your last chance to hit the slopes until next winter.

 

Enjoy the St. Patricks Day Parade

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Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is lit! On Saturday March 17th, Saint Catherine street will turn into a celebration of all things Irish. Between the bagpipes and the floats, this is the perfect daytime event to get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

 

Take a Road Trip

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Now that the icy roads have finally melted seize this opportunity to take a road trip to one of Canada’s great cities. Looking for something close? Check out the nation’s capital city, Ottawa,  and all the fun that comes with it. If you’re ready for a longer drive, Toronto is calling your name!

 

What will you be doing during the month of March in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend!

There’s nothing like Montreal in the summer.

With the first truly sunny week in Montreal, it’s beginning to actually feel like summer. Needless to say, we are slightly less hesitant to break a Netflix binge and actually go explore the city. Whether you’re going through Grand Prix withdrawals, or simply feel like being out and about in the sun, try one (or all) of these Montreal activities to do this June weekend.

 

Mural Fest

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Enjoy Montreal’s St-Laurent area during Mural Fest. With countless cool Montreal brands and artists showcasing their work, delicious food and entertaining music/performances, Mural Fest is the perfect destination for your weekend outing.

 

Weekend Du Monde

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Get your dose of world culture at the last Weekend Du Monde Event, held at Parc Jean Drapeau. This annual event will take your sense around the world through dance, art, music, and culinary experiences of different cultures. Oh, and did we mention it’s completely free?

 

Mount Royal

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Wishing you could get out of the city for a few minutes? Luckily Montreal’s Mount Royal will make you feel at one with nature for a few hours. With a gorgeous hiking path and even more stunning view of the city from the top of the mountain, Montreal’s Mount Royal is an ideal outing to make the most of the sunny weather.

 

Botanique Gardens

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Check out (and take some amazing photos of) Montreal’s most renowned outdoor garden. With over 70 hectares of vegetation, you will be able to experience gorgeous flowers and greenery, tropical rainforests, and an amazing Chinese-inspired garden, all in one place.

 

Fringe Festival

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Enjoy some cool performances during the last weekend of Montreal’s Fringe Festival. From theater and dance to music and comedy, there is sure to be numerous amazing performances, no matter your tastes.

 

Needless to say, we will busy this Montreal June weekend! What will you be getting up to? Let us know your favorite Montreal weekend activities in the comment section below.

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.

 

Ile Soniq

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.

 

Osheaga

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!

YOUR MTL BUCKET LIST

Yeah, we got you.



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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SUMMER’S NOT OVER YET! 15 THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF AUGUST

Its. Not. Over. Yet.

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As the closing month of  the summer quickly reached its midpoint, it’s easy for that summer nostalgia to fade – but luckily, we realize it ain’t over yet! And what better time to kick-off that end-of-summer bucket list? To give you a head start, here are 15 activities to cross off your list before the end of the summer:

 

See a tourist attraction in your city.

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Indulge in some street food from one of Montreal’s (or your city’s) many food trucks.

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Get rowdy at a Montreal Expos or Impacte game.

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Spend a day at the beach.

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Head to Montreal’s La Diperie, or another amazing Montreal ice cream spot, ice cream for breakfast anyone??

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Take advantage of the lasting days of fresh markets like Marche Jean Talon.

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Enjoy stargazing at the top of Mount Royal Lookout after a night hike.

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Have a picnic at Mount Royal- you can make it extra summer by first cooking a grilled pizza at home, and take advantage of Montreal’s picnic law which permits drinking in public on Sundays if you have food on you!

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Enjoy a day paddle boarding (stand up board), canoeing, or kayaking.

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Have a campfire.. And don’t forget roasted hot dogs and s’mores!!

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Wear an all white outfit (it’s not Labour Day yet).

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Jump off something really tall into the water; that’s a Canadian summer staple!

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Spend the day drinking (or eating) with friends in the sun on one of Montreal’s many summer terraces, like this one:

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or this one…

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OR this one…

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Or even this one.. (there’s  a lot of terraces here)

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Do the old port zip line before it closes down for the season (it’s not as scary as it looks).

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Rejoice because festival season is never over with Villa Paradizo – the free 24hr rave to kick off the end of summer, is coming back to Montreal on the 9th and 10th of September!!

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