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Montreal spas help warm up the winter

As the temperatures drop, Montreal spas have got your back – literally. This is the time of year that spas across town offer treatments and packages to help melt the stress of holiday shopping away. So treat yourself to a sauna, a massage and a facial – and then treat your friends and family too…

Things to do in Montreal: December 5-11

Feeling the flutter of gift-giving jitters? That’s because there are less than 20 days of shopping time before C day! Get your holiday on with cultural events all over town, from street-corner tree markets to choir concerts to craft fairs galore. With our help, you’ll have that list ticked in no time.

Neighbourhood Guide: Verdun

Across the Lachine Canal from downtown Montreal and running westward, Verdun is one of Canada’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s in continual transformation: every visit reveals a new hip restaurant or cute bakery. With the path-lined canal running along its southern tip, Verdun is an ideal place for cyclists and cross-country skiers – and, in summer, even amateur fisherman! But it’s also a growing commercial centre, particularly on Wellington Street, the ‘hood’s happening main drag. We suggest you start your visit at De L’Église metro station, conveniently close to Wellington and inches from the visit-worthy Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church, built in 1914…

Things to do in Montreal: November 28 to December 4

Is it right that all I’m thinking about is the holidays? The snow is barely sticking to the ground these days, but the twinkly magic of Christmastime is all around. This week is the perfect time to start on your gift shopping and visit Santa… in addition to seeing a couple of plays, catching some live music and sampling the best in local wines, of course. (gift shopping) The magic returns to the Palais des Congrès until December 7, for the fifth annual Nutcracker Market by Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Find the toys, jewelery, knits and tasty treats you need for your list, and help out The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which supports all sorts of arts and culture initiatives for kids. The annual and beloved Souk@SAT is back too this weekend and until December 30: this holiday bazaar unites the contemporary creations of over 70 local artists, designers and craftspeople. Souk@SAT takes over the entire Society for Arts and Technology building to showcase fantastic purchasable fashion, home décor, toys, accessories and more. Get a dose of Santa at Plaza St-Hubert this Friday, November 28, during the 10th anniversary of the Défilé des rêves holiday parade: activities, music and merriment are… / Read More →

Montreal at your fingertips with the Family Pass

This holiday season, soaking up the beauty, culture and fun of Montreal as a family has never been so easy. Introducing the Family Pass, a specially designed travel package that makes all of Montreal’s family-oriented activities accessible and affordable…

Things to do in Montreal: November 21-27

It’s such an exciting theatre week! There are three solid plays to pick from, plus an exciting new Warhol exhibition, a whack of flicks for us film lovers, and the last shebang of M for Montreal. How will we ever manage to fit in any work?

Black Friday deals in Montreal

Sharpen your wits and ready your elbows… it’s Black Friday! It’s time for some serious, competitive deal hunting and Holiday shopping. But it’s also chilly November in Montreal, so how about we keep things indoors?

Neighbourhood Guide: Westmount

In the west end of town, between downtown and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, lives a lush land known as Westmount. Its main artery is Sherbrooke Street West, between Atwater and Décarie, and one of its most impressive features is beautiful Westmount Park, complete with paddling pool, tons of jungle gyms, an arena, a library and even a small but breathtaking botanical garden. As you hike up the hill north of Sherbrooke, you’ll find the mansions that give the neighbourhood its posh reputation. South of Sherbrooke, it’s still fancy, but it’s more accessible to the rest of us, with pretty streets punctuated with unique stores and great spots to eat.

Things to do in Montreal: November 14-20

The best of LGBT cinema hits our screens this week, not to mention tons of docs, providing the perfect excuse for some hibernating. Plus there’s contemporary dance, visual arts and tons of music to keep you warm… the only excuse to leave the house might be the shopping…

Bookworms unite at Expozine and the Salon du Livre de Montréal

The chilly winds of mid-November in Montreal inspire thoughts of long winters curled up by a fireplace with a pile of good books. Get your seasonal stack – and more – at two fun events this month, perfectly suited to literary types: Expozine and Salon du Livre de Montréal…