25 reasons to love spring in Montreal
Spring is in the air, and that means a whole new universe of possibilities is available to Montrealers.
There are so many great facets of spring to choose from, but here are our 25 favourites:
- No more snow! (Hopefully. We wouldn’t want to jinx it.)
- Ice cream shops are reopening, and their delights won’t melt all over you until summer.
- The coloured ball canopy returns to the Gay Village on Ste-Catherine St.
- Two words for you: Terrasse. Season.
- Bixi, Montreal’s bike-sharing service, is back, and not a moment too soon.
- Discovering all the things that were hidden under the snow. (They don’t all smell like rotting corpses.)
- Cabane à sucre season is still going, and that means more maple goodness for the rest of us.
- Cherry blossoms (briefly) bloom across the city.
- Those funky musical swings return to the Quartier des Spectacles.
- You can go outside without being swamped by mosquitoes.
- You can finally spend the day relaxing in one of the city’s many, many, many parks.
- Taking in a show — and maybe a drink — at the Jardins Gamelin.
- Everything starts to bloom at the Botanical Garden.
- The Montreal Impact will (eventually) play home games at Saputo Stadium.
- Plants and produce are on fully display at Montreal’s markets.
- The city’s full network of bike paths — even on bridges — opens.
- Watch the butterflies go free.
- Piknic Elektronic brings electronic music back to Parc Jean-Drapeau.
- Did you know it is possible to wear shoes that aren’t winter boots?
- The bears are out of hibernation at the Ecomuseum, which means you can go visit them. They’re quite cute.
- It no longer gets dark at 5 p.m.
- Yes, the lookout on Mount Royal is incredibly basic, but the best time to visit it is before the summer rush.
- Spring’s a good time to work on your golf game — especially if you play hockey for a living