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Where to buy the best winter wear in Montréal

The beauty of a sunny, Montréal winter day can’t be denied, but it can be hindered, to say the least, when the wind’s whipping through your non-puffy jacket and your feet feel like blocks of ice. Thankfully, toasty-warm winter coats and boots are a Montréal speciality made with style. Cold-weather Canadian brands One thing a Canadian winter will make you appreciate is a good, warm coat and boots that can withstand not only snow but slush. Québec companies have us covered. For over 100 years, family-run company Kamik has made warm, comfortable boots – they also maintain a zero-waste production target and recycling programs. La Canadienne specializes in women’s ultra stylish, made-to-last boots, shoes, coats, bags and accessories crafted in Montréal and Italy with attention to eco-friendly materials and factory practices. And Old Montréal shoemakers Amimoc make cozy moccasins and warm boots. The wonderful @fanshionbeauty enjoying the first snowflakes in our Laurentia model. La merveilleuse @fanshionbeauty qui profite des premiers flocons de neige dans notre modèle Laurentia. Une photo publiée par QUARTZ CO. (@quartz_co) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 14h39 PST Pajar began making high-quality winter boots in Montréal in 1973 – the family-run company has since gone international and… / Read More →

Eaton Centre: Your starting place in the underground city

One of Montréal’s most famous treasures is the “Underground City, an underground pedestrian network right under the heart of the city that links metro stations to shopping plazas for over 32 kilometres (about 20 miles). It’s a lifesaver when you want to stroll, shop and eat away from the hot blazing sun or the freezing snow, but it’s also a go-to destination for the whole family anytime because of the world of entertainment it opens up. Your stating point? The Montréal Eaton Centre, a glittering multistory shopping centre uniting 175 shops and restaurants on Sainte-Catherine Street, connected directly to McGill metro station. Souvenir central If you’re looking for goodies to remember your trip by, Eaton Centre has got the made-in-Montréal shops for you: Rudsak leather goods, Squish gourmet artisanal candies, DavidsTea and Caroline Néron’s Swarovsky-enhanced jewellery are all great for gifts, whether they’re for yourself or your lucky loved ones. Sports fans will find everything they want in terms of Montréal sports teams regalia at Édition Limitée, while shoe fiends will want to check out L’intervalle, a Montréal-based women’s footwear label, or the Montréal-based, internationally famous ALDO shoes. Head-to-toe style Looking for a new look? Create your own extreme makeover at… / Read More →

Where to find Wi-Fi when travelling in Montréal

Travel is fun. Roaming fees, not so much. Fortunately, Montréal is a destination with plenty of Wi-Fi options. This means that in various corners of the city, visitors can access wireless networks — most of them free — to send an email, post a picture or even capture that darn elusive Pokémon. Here are some of our favourite Wi-Fi options in Montréal. Old Montréal. Launched last year as part of the Montréal’s Smart and Digital City Plan, the majority of Old Montréal is now a Wi-Fi zone. Simply select MtlWifi on your wireless device and start surfing — no hoops to jump through! While you’re wandering through Old Montréal, use the network to view the Cité Mémoire exposition, the largest outdoor video-projection installation in the world. The Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. After your flight lands in Montréal, you might have a few moments of wait time for your luggage. Use the airport’s free Wi-Fi to post an official “I’m in Montréal” selfie! (Just don’t forget to tag it #MTLmoments.) The Entertainment District. The Quartier des spectacles (as it’s formally known en français) is the cultural heart of Montréal. Throughout the year, the district is home to massive outdoor live performances during such events as the Montréal… / Read More →

What to do on Easter weekend in Montréal

We’ve made it though the winter and are now headed for the gentle caress of spring. With Easter just around the corner—and an amazing long weekend in sight in Montréal—we’ve got the scoop on all that’s open and going on in the city for kids, couples and friends. What’s open, what’s closed Mostly everything stays open in Montréal during the Easter weekend, with some exceptions, especially Easter Sunday. The STM bus and métro service, grocery stores, movie theatres and malls are open. Banks are also open, but closed on Good Friday. And tipplers, fear not: bars stay open too! Fun for kids With the scent of spring in the air, kids are chomping at the bit to run wild. Let them live out their inner Luke Skywalker at Laser Quest or climb some walls (why should you?) at the Centre d’Escalade Horizon Roc or Allez Up. If they light up at the thought of glow-in-the-dark golf, take them to Putting Edge, or let them do some code cracking at A/maze Montréal. Put the pedal to the metal and splatter paint at Action 500 Karting & Paintball, or watch them freefall at SkyVenture Montréal. If they still have the skating bug,… / Read More →

It’s pele-mele in the mall! Black Friday shopping in Montréal

Shopoholics take note! Black Friday doesn’t just happen south of the border. Lots of major Montréal malls and shops will be serving up their best sales of the year. In other words: WE’RE HEADING TO THE MALL! Here’s who’s dishing out the deals.Complexe Desjardins Right across Sainte-Catherine Street from Place des Arts (and joined by an underground tunnel), Complexe Desjardins has clothing shops, accessories emporiums and a great food court. Find great deals at Le Château (think 30% off) and Reitmans, where the reduced prices reach even higher. Or lower. You know what we mean. At RW&Co, there’s an extra 50% on the items already on sale, plus insane surprise deals on regular-priced items over the whole Thanksgiving period. Somebody, stop us! Promenades de la Cathédrale At McGill metro station, the Promenades boast affordable stores year-round. Get your holiday table dressings at house ware store Linen Chest, who’ve been known to slash prices by a whopping 50% on selected items on past Black Fridays. It’s hard to imagine street wear chain Urban Planet getting any kinder to our wallets, but it is: deals will reach up to 50% off! Pick out the perfect ugly Xmas sweater while you’re there. Tristan… / Read More →

Get Your Montréal Glamour Look

Montréal is known for its casual flair and its democratic approach to style (case in point, you can pretty much walk into any club in jeans), but boy, do we love dressing up anyway! Whether it’s for a graduation ball, a wedding or a posh summer party, get your glam on at these hot Montréal retailers. Gents Waxman House Tuxedos Renting a tux – or better yet, buying your own – is a rite every man eventually embarks upon. Why not start at the pinnacle with Waxman, an iconic address on Parc Avenue that since 1927 has been known for the quality of its service as well as the vast selection of its choices. With a barbershop and espresso bar on site, it’s a one-stop shop to a more magnificent you. Harry Rosen The array of high-end brands at this suit-purveyor extraordinaire ranges from Hugo Boss to Canali to Zegna to Armani. If it’s just a kick-ass suit you’re after, the choice is yours at Harry Rosen’s two Montréal locations; you can even get one tailored to your own specifications thanks to their bespoke service. But you can also buy formalwear here, not to mention shoes, belts, bags and more…. / Read More →

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?

Celebrities Wax On At Grévin Montreal

The rich and famous are waxy and well in Montreal now that Parisian waxworks sculpture pro Grévin has a new, glitzy home in the city, complete with life-like sculptures of movies stars, sports figures and world changers, as well as an impressive number of Quebec celebrities and historical figures…