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MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN MONTREAL (SO FAR)

By Renée Bélanger

Another school year has flown by, and since I’ve been sad watching my friends disperse on snap maps to their respective hometowns, I’ve been over here reminiscing on all things I did this past year. My 20 years in my hometown cannot even compete with my short time in Montreal and I think that’s saying A LOT. Spontaneity and fun thrive here and can often happen when you’re not even trying. I probably have done more in the last 8 months than maybe my entire life! In honoUr of my reminiscing and to give a glimpse of what daily Montreal life is like, here are some of my favourite moments from this school year!

WEEKEND TRIPS TO NEIGHBOURING CITIES


This is a general point, but some of the funniest things to happen here and the greatest adventures have happened from walking around. If there’s one thing about Montreal you should know, it’s that everything is within walking distance (if you really want it to be). In all seriousness, Montreal is a very walkable city.  Walking is the best way to see the beautiful scenery and big personality Montreal has to offer. My favourite neighbourhood to walk in is le Plateau (about 25 minutes from Chelsea House). It's an artsy and quirky neighbourhood with cool restaurants, coffee shops, thrift stores, and independent boutiques. I always discover something new when I come here (also 12/10 people watching location).

I love Montreal, and one of the many great things about it is that it’s super close to other great places (Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Burlington, New York City, etc.)! Being in Eastern Canada means that most major cities are a short drive, plane, or train ride away. It's SO easy to go on a quick weekend trip, and I took full advantage of this (reminder: I come from middle-of-nowhere Canada). Since being here, I’ve visited Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, and lots of little ski towns and lakes within Quebec!  It’s been so fun to feel comfortable enough to call Montreal home, while never getting that feeling like you’re stuck.

It's worth mentioning that I have met many people who go to school in one of those nearby cities and come to Montreal for a weekend. General observation: these people are always devastated that they have to go back to their school, but that has never been the case on my quick trips as other cities cannot hold a match to what Montreal is offering!

SHOWING UP TO A BAR AS A GROUP OF 30 PEOPLE 

 

This happened in September, at the beginning of the school year. My roommate and I were invited to go out with some friends to Tipsy Cow (a Montreal student bar). We were like "cool"! It started off as a plan between a group of 5 people—a completely normal and appropriate sized group, right?! People were then slowly inviting other friends, and those friends were inviting other friends, and so on.

My roomie and I then showed up to our friend's house for a quick hangout before going out. Little did we know that we'd be welcomed by 30 people crammed into her apartment who were all planning to come to Tipsy Cow with us. We took 6 separate Ubers and basically ambushed the bar. It felt like a scene out of the movie!!! Even better: I made a few new friends that night.

PEOPLE WATCHING ON THE MCGILL CAMPUS

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A few of my friends and I were looking for something to do one day, and we ended up at McGill sitting on the grass (picnic vibes). We were chatting and watching people walk around the campus when my friend started making random assumptions about them. It turned into the most absurd game of overanalyzing and making up elaborate backstories. I know it sounds simple, and it was! My point is that even the smallest experiences can become memorable. Side note: pretty cool that the McGill University has so much outdoor space that it's a common hangout spot for students.

SPONTANEOUSLY GOING TO A TAME IMPALA CONCERT

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I’m sitting at work and it's feeling like the longest shift ever. Just when I was at the peak of my mid-shift misery, I'm hit with a light at the end of the tunnel: my friend texts me and asks if I want to go to a Tame Impala concert THAT night. I honestly did not even listen to Tame Impala until that very moment, but there are never any concerts in Regina, so I was just excited to be involved. It wasn't even that expensive (under $60) and we had so much fun!!! It was essentially a laser show mixed with a concert. Especially since it was my first real big event since the pandemic, it was just a cool moment to feel normal again. Ever since then, I have been constantly on the lookout for spontaneous concerts and am always down to try some new music!

 WALKING EVERYWHERE

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This is a general point, but some of the funniest things to happen here and the greatest adventures have happened from walking around. If there’s one thing about Montreal you should know, it’s that everything is within walking distance (if you really want it to be). In all seriousness, Montreal is a very walkable city.  Walking is the best way to see the beautiful scenery and big personality Montreal has to offer. My favourite neighbourhood to walk in is le Plateau (about 25 minutes from Chelsea House). It's an artsy and quirky neighbourhood with cool restaurants, coffee shops, thrift stores, and independent boutiques. I always discover something new when I come here (also 12/10 people watching location).

 

 

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