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.

10 Things to Do in Montreal This June

Get out there!

Montreal is always busy. From recurring weekend events like Picnik Electronique and Tamtams, to the abundance of terraces calling your name in Old Port, the city has something to offer every weekend. If you find yourself wondering what to do in Montreal this June, check out one (or all) of these exciting festivals and events occurring this month:

 

Check off a few items from the ultimate MTL Bucket List.

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See gorgeous art at Montreal’s Mural Festival.

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Enjoy Montreal’s premier event – the Montreal Grand Prix!

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Check out fashion from the 60’s at this month’s Fashioning Expo 67.

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Try one of these awesome 15 places to spend a night on the town.

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See the amazing digital creations at MUTEK.

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Eat some delicious food truck food at Montreal First Fridays.

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Beer enthusiast? Good thing Montreal’s Festival Mondial de la Biere is coming up!

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Wish a happy birthday and celebrate Quebec with the rest of the city during la Fete Nationale June 23rd-24th.

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Chase the thrills for a day at La Ronde – Montreal’s top amusement park.

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From partying to food celebrations, now that you know the best events around the city this June, which ones will you go to? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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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11 of Montreal’s Best 24h Spots

From a 12am coffee to a 3am bandaid, we’ve got you covered.

 

As a student, 24h spots inevitably become your best friend. Whether studying, partying, or simply finding a place for your late-night needs, at some point you’re going to need a 24hr spot or two in the city, which is why we created a list of Montreal’s best 24 hour spots:

 

 

Dunn’s Diner7385 Decarie Blvd, 1249 Metcalfe, 3271 Taschereau Blvd.

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Mouth watering food for post-outing, whatever the type or time!

 

 

Cafe Noir440 Mont-Royal East

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Whether studying or simply finding coffee at 3am, Cafe Noir is your place to go.

 

 

Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu305 Sherbrooke West, 5122 Cote des Neige

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In case you’re in need of snacks or anything pharmacy related, there are many 24 hour Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu stores throughout the city.

 

 

Casino de MontrealÎle Notre-Dame

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If the after hours bars don’t suit your fancy, mind as well head to the Montreal Casino which features food and gambling 24/7.

 

 

Rose Bowl Bowling Lanes – 6510 Saint-Jacques West

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And if you’re not as into partying, but still seeking a late-night activity, Rose Bowling Lanes is your answer, with 24 hour bowling you’re sure to have an interesting midnight adventure.

 

 

Cafe net.24903 Decarie near Côte-Vertu

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This is Montreal’s 24 hour internet cafe, because in today’s day no wifi= no life.

 

 

La Banquise994 Rue Rachel E

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3 words: Late. Night. Poutine. (and 20+ flavors for that one picky friend).

 

 

Provgio3421 Avenue du Parc

Ouverture Provigo le marché St-Sauveur.

This city actually has 24 hour grocery stores- something not to be taken for granted! Whether a late night munchie craving, in need of more caffeine/chase, or whatever life throws your way, 24 hour grocery stores are sure to come in handy this year.

 

 

Mount Royal Lookout – Mount Royal

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Attempt to climb the Mount Royal Lookout at any time of the day! This hiking trail/lookout doesn’t close so can be the source of any post 3am  adventure (and some great Instagram pics).

 

 

CEO Karaoke988 Rue Clark

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Because with 24 hour Karaoke the party literally never stops.

 

 

Bagels St Viateur263 Rue Saint Viateur West

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Because in Montreal, it’s late night bagels and poutine- not pizza.

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.

http://2016.festivalmodedesign.com/en

 

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.

http://cuisinederue.org/en/les-premiers-vendredis/

 

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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