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.

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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17 MONTREAL DATE DAY/NIGHT IDEAS

Leave a lasting impression.

Everyone can google a good restaurant or two, but we like to do things differently  here, with some unique date ideas! Next time you’re heading out with your s/o, refer to our comprehensive list of 17 exciting, unique, and classic Montreal date spots:

 

Rooftop Terrace 

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Hangout lavishly at one of Montreal’s many rooftop terraces like Terrasse Place D’Armes or Six Restolounge.

 

iSaute Trampoline Park

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If feats of strength and flipping around are your thing, check out the always entertaining iSaute Trampoline Park.

 

Montreal Casino

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Dress up, and test your luck (and charm), at the Montreal Casino for the night. Just make sure to gamble responsibly!

 

Cacao 70 

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Calling all chocolate lovers! Not only does Cacao 70 serve literally all of your choco-holic needs, but is also an incredibly charming and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Le Lab Mixologie

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Take your babe and your taste buds out tonight! Le Lab Mixologie is an intimate mixology bar featuring some serious drink artists, and many feature cocktails. Le Lab also hosts mixology workshops for those couples who like to learn (and drink).

 

Le Belmont 

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Dance the night away at Montreal’s Le Belmont. This venue hosts many shows and events, and every Wednesday night is opened for their renowned Dubstep nights. Trust us when we say, you won’t be able to stop your feet from feeling the beat.

 

New City Gas 

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Couples who rave together, stay together? If that’s your motto, check out the amazing shows and crowd at Old Montreal’s New City Gas. With a top-of-the-line lineup, a huge gorgeous venue, and a friendly, music-loving crowd, you’re sure to feel the vibe during your night out at NCG.

 

O.Noir 

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The only restaurant included on the list because it’s so unique- O.Noir is a completely original experience. Unlike typical dine in the dark experiences, O.Noir features a blacked out dining room, a menu complete with surprise dishes, and is served by a visually impaired staff. This is sure to be a fun experience for the books!

 

Drive-in Movie 

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Taking a page from Danny Zuko’s book, take a little road trip with your date just outside of Montreal to St. Eustache’s Drive-in Movie theater. Sure to be a romantic evening, and with 5 different screens, there’s sure to be a movie that suit your tastes.

 

Scandinave Spa Montreal 

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Two words, Spa. Day. We have recently mentioned Bota Bota Spa as a place to celebrate your birthday in Montreal, but to quote DJ Khaled: 

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Scandinavian Spa Montreal is located in  Montreal’s Old Port is a gorgeous top-of-the-line spa in Montreal, perfect to spend the day at while relaxing in lux.

 

Randolph Pub Montreal 

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If you and your hunny like board games and snacks, go with each other or grab a group to Randolph Pub Montreal- Montreal’s premier board game lounge. From Cards Against Humanity to Risk, all of your favorite board game options are there!

 

Old Port Adventure Day

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There is literally never a dull moment in the Old Port of Montreal. Aside from the gorgeous views, you can sight-see incredible Montreal historical landmarks, bike ride, bungee jump, zip line, escape the labyrinth, indulge in food trucks, or absolutely kill the immaculate obstacle. Either way, you and your significant other are bound to have a day filled with adventures and memories.

 

Allez Up Rock Climbing 

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If you like to get physical, spend the day at Montreal’s Allez Up Rock Climbing. Just out of Downtown Montreal, Allez Up offers a huge (and safe) rock climbing gym, coaches, and positive and energetic atmosphere; perfect for a first-timer, beginner, or an avid rock climber.

 

Le Champagnerie 

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Live in lux, and check out Old Port’s Le Champagnerie. This upscale bar has an extensive list of available bottles and serves some American plates. It’s perfect for a special celebration or champagne lovers a like and has an extensive list of import bubbly for every taste and budget- sure to be a special treat.

 

North Star Pinball Bar 

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Leave it to Montreal to literally have every type of bar you can imagine. North Star is absolutely no exception- being Montreal’s first pinball bar. With vintage pinball machines, home-made ginger beer, tavern snacks, and great cocktails, it shapes up to be a prime Montreal date spot.

 

Haunted Mountain

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Horror/spook fanatics, this one’s for you. The Haunted Mountain in a spooky lantern-lit Ghost Walk up Mount Royal, featuring many places with actual ghost sightings. I’m not going to say this is a good way to get your s/o jumping into your arms, but I won’t deny it either.

 

Dom Perignon Bar 

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Splurge at the Dom Perignon Bar at the Ritz Carlton, Montreal. Although this won’t be a weekly, or evenly monthly outing (on a student’s budget anyways), take advantage of a special night with the finest champagne at this upscale bar in Montreal’s top hotel’s famed Palm Court. This outing will be the epitome of luxury and sure to be a wonderful surprise.

10 BEST CITIES FOR STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD

Yes, Montreal wins, but we’re not the only ones.

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Many students dream of doing a year or studies abroad, and there’s no better time to make those dreams come true than while in university! As the important decision to study abroad is pondered, different universities, living conditions, social/legal norms, security, and campus life, become some of many defining factors. Taking that into account, here’s a list of some of the best locations (Canada excluded) to travel abroad for studies, all included in the top 30 best cities for studying abroad by studyabroad.com :

 

Helsinki, Finland

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Finland has an exceptional education system and has been named as the best European city to study in! With unconventional teaching methods, a great education system, and the gorgeous Finnish land and culture, why not consider a city like Helsinki, Finland.  Check out these satisfaction ratings!

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – these photos speak for themselves.

 

Dubai, UAE

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Live lavishly (and check out those Lamborghini cop cars) in Dubai, UAE.

 

Sydney, Australia 

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Life doesn’t get much better than hanging by the harbour in Sydney, Australia.

 

Hong Kong, China

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A officer worker walks across a footbridge in Hong Kong's Central district October 10, 2008. Around the globe, people are worried about safeguarding savings and keeping their jobs as some of the pillars of international finance give way. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)

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Enjoy life in the fast lane and visit Hong Kong, China! For more photos check out this awesome photojournalism project.

 

Munich, Germany

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Culture meets history in Munich, Germany

 

Zurich, Switzerland

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Swiss Chocolate, cheese, political security, skiing/boarding through the Alpes, and great education system, welcome to Zurich, Switzerland!

 

Seoul, South Korea

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If you want a big and modern city on the other side of the world (because who doesn’t?), check out Seoul, South Korea – nicknamed Special Seoul for the city’s incredible diversity from people to culture, to architecture, and everything else!

 

Tokyo, Japan

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Japan - Tokyo - Portrait of woman waiting for the train.

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If you want to study in a REALLY big city, Tokyo, Japan is for you. NYC ain’t got nothing on this Japanese city skyline. Aside from that, it’s home to not 1 but 10 internationally ranked universities.

 

Singapore, Malaysia

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Live in the fast-paced vibe, delicious food, and beautiful city skyline that is Singapore, Malaysia.

 

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL- AUGUST 2016

There’s nothing quite like summer in Montreal.

As you may have read by now, Montreal is the place to be, rain, shine, or snow. To ensure you get the absolute best out of your summer, we have put together a list of Montreal’s best activities going on this August, much like we did last month.

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Ile Soniq

If you’re born to rage, check out Ile Soniq at Parc Jean Drapeau.

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http://www.ilesoniq.com/

 

Picnik Electronik

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If you haven’t spent a Sunday at Picnik Electronik yet, you know what to do!

http://piknicelectronik.com/en/

 

Eleganza

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Eleganza – Italian Fashion Show. Can you say models and champagne?? The show will also features styles from 1945 all the way until current fashion.

http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/italian-style-fashion-since-1945/

 

Slide the city- Montreal!

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Montreal is about to have a giant slide going through it. REPEAT. Montreal is about to have a giant slide going through it. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

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Montreal Pride Parade

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Have a great time and surely make a new friend or two at the Montreal Pride Parade.

http://www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en/pride/

 

The Colour Run

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The Colour Run is in town this August!!!

http://ca.thecolorrun.com/locations/montreal/

 

 

Montreal’s Fashion and Design Festival

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Calling all aspiring designers and fashion enthusiasts- check out this month’s Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, after-all you are in one of Canada’s biggest fashion hubs.

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See Celine Dion in Concert

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Go see Celine Dion in concert (oh so Quebec) at the Montreal Bell Centre. You can’t miss her because she will be performing NINE shows.

http://www.celinedion.com/tour

 

First Friday’s

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Eat your heart out at First Friday’s – the annual food truck gathering.

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Otakuthon

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Head to Otakuthon and check out some different culture! This Japanese cosplay and pop culture festival is sure to teach you something new.

http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/home/

 

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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10 MUST-DO MONTREAL ACTIVITIES YOUR FIRST WEEK HERE

Welcome to Montreal.

You first week in a new city is easily one of the most enchanting experiences- especially in Montreal. To ensure you get a taste of the city and what it’s like to be a Montrealer, we’ve created a list of 10 must-do activities your first week in the city:

 

Eat poutine ‘til you drop

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Get lost on the STM – it’s inevitable

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Go get your student card (and the photo that will haunt you for the next 4 years.)

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Go out every night of the week – Sunday or Wednesday, there’s a place for any and every day.

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Try doing as many Montreal tourist sites as possible– this way when your friends come visit you because you now live in the hottest city- you know exactly where to take them! Check out this list from MTL Blog for 101 fun ideas.

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Sit in the front and have a friendly convo with your uber driver– only in mtl!

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Drive a Bixi around the city (maybe this will help you avoid getting lost on the STM, again.)

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Continue the party at one of Montreal’s after hours clubs, 3.am? No, no. no. I suggest checking out Stereo or Circus.

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Try out a Montreal Shisha lounge, my personal suggestion being Arabesque Shisha Lounge (best food and shisha!).

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And last, but certainly not least,  order takeout from Chef on Call- open daily until 3am, this will become your premier takeout spot for anytime. As they like to say “for when you’re out getting turnt or in getting learnt”.

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Welcome to Montreal!!

WHERE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY IN MONTREAL

For your special day.

When that time of the year comes around, make sure you know where to spend it. Check out our list:

 

Le Beachclub

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Head to Le Beachclub for an unforgettable day. You can rent a private cabana, get VIP tickets, or enjoy a private deck for your celebration. Get tickets and more info here: http://beachclub.com/

 

Bota-Bota Spa

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Relax in lux at Old Port’s Bota-Bota Spa, you won’t regret this one.  Get tickets and more info here: http://botabota.ca/en/

 

Le Bateau Mouche

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Cruise, dine, and celebrate in style! Le Bateau Mouche is your destination to eat and celebrate on the water.  Get tickets and more info here: http://www.bateaumouche.ca/en/home.html

 

Rosewood Pub

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If you’re a bruncher, head over to Montreal’s Rosewood Pub, with the mimosas flowing and their delicious brunch selection, you won’t be disappointed. Get more info here: http://www.rosewoodmontreal.com/en/

 

Old Port of Montreal

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For the adventurous type, check out ziplining in old Montreal. Get tickets and more info here: http://www.oldportofmontreal.com/activity/tyrolienne-urbaine-montreal

 

Croisieres AML

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Croisieres AML for the ones who want to cruise AND brunch (you know you want to). Get tickets and more info here: http://www.croisieresaml.com/en/plan-your-cruise/montreal/tout/

 

White Water Rafting

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If ziplining doesn’t satisfy your adventure craving, you can always check out white water rafting with your crew. Get tickets and more info here: http://raftingmontreal.com/en/rafting-jet-boating-downtown-montreal/

 

Host a Private Party 

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Rent a venue and throw a private party- check Clubzone.com for private rentable venues like Club Soda or Cabaret Underwood. Get more info here: http://clubzone.com/montreal/places/private-rental-venue/

 

Le Balcon Cabaret Music Hall

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Head to Le Balcon Cabaret Music for fine drinks, food, and a creative dinner experience you surely won’t forget! Get tickets and more info here: http://www.lebalcon.ca/

 

Montreal Casino

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Get dressed to the nines and hit the Montreal Casino for a poker night with your friends. Get tickets and more info here: http://casinos.lotoquebec.com/en/montreal/home

 

3 Amigos

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Have a fiesta, many margaritas, and a free birthday sombrero at 3 Amigos. Get more info here: http://www.3amigosrestaurant.com/

 

Electric Avenue

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Enjoy a free bottle of champagne for you and your group from Club Electric Avenue. Reserve guest list and get more info here: http://www.clubsmontreal.com/en/

 

Skorpion Paintball

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Have a (painfully) fun time playing paint ball with your friends at Skorpion. On top of that, birthday boy/girl gains free admission. For more info check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Skorpion-Paintball-157268990967666/

 

Rooftop Pool

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Take a rooftop dip at the Hilton Bonaventure or L’Apartement hotel’s rooftop pool. Although you need to rent a room to do so, with 5 friends it comes to just over $25 each!

 

Calypso Waterpark

The Summit Tower is a spectacular new attraction which features 10 new waterslides, each more impressive than the next. With a total height of 10 stories, it is the tallest free-standing waterslide tower in North America. (CNW Group/Calypso Park)

If all else fails, take a road trip to Calypso Park- huge waterslides, an intense wave pool, lit up bars, totally greasy irresistible snacks, what else do you need to celebrate? Get tickets and more info here: http://www.calypsopark.com/en/waterpark/

 

Places to volunteer in Montreal

In an effort to bulk up resumes and graduate study applications, many students may be seeking a volunteer position at some point this year. There’s always the need for volunteers within various organizations around the city, so we have created the ultimate list of interest categories and potential corresponding volunteer locations for seeking students this year:

 

Tech/Academic

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Tutor at Le Baobab Familial   http://www.baobabfamilial.org/benevolat/ 

Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/get-involved/ 

World Computer Exchange http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/volunteer

C2 Montreal   https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

The Centre for Literacy http://www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca/tutoring 

Concordia and Mcgill Universities http://www.concordia.ca/students/volunteering/opportunities.html  https://www.mcgill.ca/cle/team/volunteer

 

Business – Internships

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Narcity Montreal/ MTL Blog https://narcitymediainc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37 

C2C Ventures Inc http://www.c2csocialaction.com/volunteering.html

Montreal Arts- Affairs  http://www.montrealartsaffaires.org/en/fiche/benevoles-d-affaires

Conseil des Arts de Montreal- business volunteers https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers

 

Arts and Culture

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Dress to Impress Montreal – Donate clothing https://montreal.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Artscene Montreal  http://en.artsscenemontreal.com/ 

Volunteer Association of Montreal Museum of Arts http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/volunteer-association-of-the-mmfa/ 

Conseil des Arts de Montreal https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers 

C2 Montreal https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

 

Health

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Alzheimers society http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/montreal/Get-involved 

Montreal Heart Institute https://www.icmmhi.org/en/about-us/become-volunteer 

Doctors without Borders http://www.msf.ca/en/volunteer-our-offices

St. Mary’s Hospital http://www.smhc.qc.ca/en/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities

Douglas Mental Health University Institute http://www.douglas.qc.ca/page/volunteer-options 

 

Animals

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SPCA Montreal  http://www.spca.com/page_id=7&lang=en 

Animal Rescue Network http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/info/display?PageID=988

Humane Society Canada/International http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/work/puppy_mills/tips/animal-rescue-volunteer-hsicanada.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

World Wildlife Foundation http://www.wwf.ca/takeaction/volunteer/ 

 

Children and Montreal Youth

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Montreal https://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/mentoringprograms/becomeamentor/default.aspx 

Sun Youth Organization http://sunyouthorg.com/en/contribute/become-volunteer/

Montreal’s Children’s Hospital http://www.thechildren.com/volunteer 

Starlight Children’s Foundation http://www.starlightcanada.org/getinvolved/volunteer/

 

 

Politics and Human Rights

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Engineers without Borders http://legacy.ewb.ca/en/whatyoucando/volunteer/opportunities.html 

Bureau of Montreal                            http://cabm.net/en

Montreal Climate Action http://actionclimatmtl.org/get-involved/ 

Amnesty International https://amnestymontreal.org/category/volunteer-opportunities/

Unicef – ORT Montreal http://m.unicef.ca/workandvolunteer.html

Canadian Council for Refugees http://ccrweb.ca/en/get-involved 

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.