Spring in Montreal – Things to Look Forward to!

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March 14, 2016

Spring in Montreal – Things to Look Forward to!

Whether you’re in Montreal for business, relocation or leisure, if you’ve been here all winter, then we applaud your incredible stamina, courage and determination in surviving what many are saying has been the coldest winter in 150 years. And if you’re planning a trip or you’ve just arrived? Count yourself lucky that you can go outside without extensive facial covering.

Spring has almost sprung, and in a few weeks we won’t even remember why we bought those thermal leggings! So shed a few layers and fill up your calendar with these “Thank-God-We-Made-It” activities!

 

Patios Open!

A ‘Patio’ or ‘terrace’ is the open-air part of a Montreal bar or restaurant, which can be set up on the street outside the front door, in a courtyard in the back, or on the rooftop. It’s the best thing about summer drinking, and these wondrous areas will start opening as early as April (depending on the weather). You can start planning a ‘patio crawl’ or pick one to linger all day with a refreshing cocktail or tall glass of cold micro-brew beer. Some of our favourites include Terrace Bonsecours in the Old Port, the beautiful courtyard at the Sainte-Elisabeth downtown, and  Le Terrace Saint-Ambroise (part of an excellent brewery) tucked alongside the Lachine Canal.

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Green Spaces!

One of the best things about warmer weather in Montreal is the abundance of parks, hikes, biking trails and picnic areas that emerge from under the snow. As soon as the Spring kicks in, you’ll find locals gsthering up blankets, BBQs and Frizbeees and heading to Parc Lafontaine, Parc Laurier and Parc Jarry to while away the weekends in the sun. If you’re an active visitor, then walk up the winding path on Mont Royal for a spectacular view of the city, or grab a bike or roller blades and cruise along the lachine canal from the Old Port to Atwater Market. And speaking of which….

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Markets Expand!

Montreal’s incredible produce markets are open year-round, but in the colder months, they decrease in size and stick to the covered indoor sections. Once spring rolls around however, these foodie meccas triple in size, with flower, fruit, vegetable, baked goods and cheese stalls spilling out into the sunshine. If you’re staying downtown, we recommend the Atwater Market, which has fantastic meat and an outdoor area with some of the city’s best ice-cream. Another favourite Montreal market is the marché Jean-Talon in Little Italy, one of Montreal’s oldest markets and well-loved for its hot food stations. If you’re visiting the Olympic Stadium, Biodome, or Botanical gardens in North Montreal, you should detour to Maisonneuve Market, a charming local hotspot with plenty of delicious offerings to make a picnic with.

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