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STREET PROFILE: GREENE AVENUE

The Montreal Street Profiles series, considered by some/me to be the greatest set of blog posts ever written, has been busy. It’s covered Bleury, Parc and Maisonneuve, but then it got tired so it took a quick nap on a nearby park bench. But then it got right back up and strolled down Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique and Crescent. It then decided to head a little west to explore Greene Avenue, in the heart of Westmount… Though Westmount, home to most of Montreal’s wealthiest English residents, extends much further west and up towards the mountain, Greene Avenue is viewed by many as it “Main Street”. Running south from Sherbrooke down to Atwater, in a couple short blocks this upscale avenue, named in 1881 for the landowner G.A. Greene, manages to contain an incredible density of shops, restaurants and what is probably Montreal’s best English bookstore.

10 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR MONTREAL GETAWAY

Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact. We’ve got ten ideas for you to make your Montréal trip greener. From an award winning hotel to an organic spa to a couple of delicious dining options, these suggestions will help you travel in style and on budget, while limiting your ecological impact.

10 SCENIC JOGGING ROUTES IN MONTREAL

If you’re preparing to run a marathon or any other running race, you know that a weekend getaway does not mean a vacation from your training program. Montreal has hundreds of hectares allocated to urban park space, enabling locals and visitors to jog safely. With the help of runningmap.com, I’ve created 10 different jogging itineraries. From the easy to the arduous, these routes will keep your training on schedule, while touring through some of the best Montreal scenery.

ESPACE NOMAD: A SPA FOR CONSCIOUS TRAVELERS

With countless spa options available in Montréal, it might be hard to make a choice that will be best for your needs. If you are interested in environmental sustainability, Espace Nomad might be the choice for you. It’s ironic, even choosing the best way to rejuvenate oneself can be stressful – the market is loaded with possibilities.

THE CREPE MAKER: LA CRÊPERIE DU MARCHÉ

Yesterday I was doing my weekly grocery shop in the beloved Jean Talon Market when my tummy started a’rumblin’. It said to me, “Daniel, please feed me something delicious and nutritious!” It’s understandable that I might get hungry in the midst of a myriad of culinary choices that the market offers. But with all those options to chose from, one can get overwhelmed. Luckily I remembered a recommendation of a friend, Canadian foodie Sarah Elton.

KAYAKING THE LACHINE CANAL

As soon as summer hits, I dream of water. Thanks to revitalization efforts along Montreal’s shorelines, waterways, harbourfront and main Port, most of the water surrounding Montreal is now (gasp!) monitored, and in places, navigable. In fact, as of next summer, a new map, the Blue Route (St. Lawrence Water Trail) will help canoe and kayak enthusiasts chart a network of safe launches, shelters and rest areas along the St-Lawrence in/around Montreal.

GIVE JOHN LENNON’S PARK A CHANCE

When you tire of Zest & the City, take a break. Discover Montreal’s Mont Royal. The sprawling 200-hectare park is a signature space by Frederick Law Olmsted famous for his landscape design of New York’s Central Park . At the top of Peel Street, follow signs for GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. The garden is in memory of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famed ‘bed-in for peace’ that took place in Montreal 41 years ago.

EAT LOCAL IN MONTREAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAH ELTON (THE LOCAVORE)

Eating locally raised and harvested food is an important part of any authentic travel experience. Blogger, journalist and author of “Locavore,” Sarah Elton, shares some tips on how to eat locally in Montréal or wherever your travels might take you.

MONTREAL ON THE CHEAP

Montreal is the perfect destination for anyone living in North America looking for a significant change of scenery without having to travel to the end of the world.  It is only an hour flight from New York or Toronto, yet feels a lot more like a trip to Europe. On top of saving on plane ticket fees and jetlag ramifications, you’ll be happy to hear that Montreal is also a very affordable city. With its vibrant cultural scene and bountiful summer festivals, Montreal has all it takes to offer you a memorable time without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a sensational Montreal trip on the cheap!

NUBIA SPA VERT: ECO FRIENDLY RELAXATION

When Britney Spears sang the words “Don’t you know that you’re toxic?” she might as well have been referring to a bathroom. As Michelle Regev, owner of Nubia Spa Vert, cleverly reminds me, the bathroom is the most toxic space of all households.  Unsurprisingly so, as makeup, creams and shampoos pile up in cabinets and cleaning products are stocked under the sink. Kind of ironic for a place that is dedicated to all things sanitary, don’t you think? Sadly, bathrooms and spas have a lot in common. “With Nubia, we wanted to offer our clients a safe and green environment, in which your body isn’t actually fighting gruesome toxins all the time”, says Regev.