Things have been slow on the writing in my blog front while I have been in Montreal. A lot of it has to do with work- just working away. Part of it also is that the weather is so nice that I am always outside and being with friends rather than at my computer, which I prefer it that way.
Summer in Montreal has been rather lovely. It has been a bit humid off and on to the point of just constantly sweating, but usually that is paired with rain and thunderstorms- so annoying!
While most of my colleagues have complained about no air conditioning or old units, my building is fortunate enough to have air conditioning to the point where I am super cold in my apartment (it is one temperature for the whole building). But sleeping cold they say is better than sleeping hot.
My coworkers and I have also started making our own ice coffee at work, which has been nice- granted it isn’t glamorous, but it taste decent enough.
Besides indoor life, here are some outdoor activities you can do in Montreal over the summer:
1. Explore Mount Royal and see the views
2. Enjoy many of the outdoor terraces or patios or even rooftop bars!
So many bars and cafes have outdoor seating, soak up the sun while enjoying one of the numerous happy hour or as they say it here in Quebec, 5 a 7 (pronounced using the French numbers even in English). Sky Resto Bar is a nightclub in the evening, but holds a rooftop bar during it’s restaurant hours.
3. Participate in all the festivities
There are so many festivals going on it is sometimes hard to do all of them as they overlap or you just get busy doing other outdoor things. Here are a few and the well known ones. But if you search among Facebook, Instagram, Montreal Blog, etc, you will be sure to find more! Or just walking along different streets and realizing they closed it off to cars for shops to set up booths to sell people. Many of these festivals have free events, but some also have pay for tickets one too.
A. Mural Festival in Le Plateau
B. Jazz Festival, mainly downtown
C. Circus Festival, mainly downtown
D. Just for Laughs, mainly downtown
E. International Firework Competition, Old Port/La Ronde
4. Rent a bike and join the locals pedal around town
5. Have a picnic in one of the numerous parks
6. Go to La Ronde
This is 6 Flags amusement park! It is just like the other ones in the United States minus a bunch of people. A Season pass costs way less than a one day pass so if you know you are going ahead of time get the season pass (it increases as the season goes one). Basically, 2 times at the park and the pass pays for itself plus some.
Fun fact, Montreal is known for construction, at least by the locals. It is said that the construction companies are wrong my old mafias that have politicians in their pockets meaning they stretch out projects for years in order to keep getting money. Whether or not this is true, what is pretty true is that there is a 2 week vacation period for all the construction workers. I find this funny as most construction happens in the summer due to bad winters and their vacation time is in the summer….
Don’t forget your sunblock!