Take a tour of summer 2021’s seasonal installations

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

With gourmet food under the open sky, cool public spaces and beaches, reinvented parks and activities for the whole family, consider this summer your ultimate Montréal rediscovery project! And, of course, everything has been designed with different health measures in mind to ensure that everyone stays safe.

Les aventures du cœur de l'île: immerse yourself in the 11 Oasis areas

This major new project from the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and downtown Montréal in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal features 11 Oasis rest areas created by local designers that offer people places to have a bite to eat, sit back and relax or reconnect. Fun, exotic and interactive, they are dotted across downtown and feature refreshing, sandy, leafy or festive ambiances. On your mark, get set, check them out!


Oasis | À l’ombre du cosmos
Location: Square Victoria

Oasis | Escale du coin
Location: McGill College Avenue on the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street West

Oasis | Esplanade Tranquille
Location: L’esplanade Tranquille

Oasis | Jardins Gamelin
Location: Place Émilie-Gamelin

Oasis | Les grands jardins
Location: Between Chomedey Street and Du Fort Street

Oasis | Place des Festivals
Location: Place des Festivals

Oasis | Place des souhaits
Location: Chinatown, at the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and René-Lévesque Boulevard

Oasis | Plage Saint-James
Location: Saint-James Church square (in front)

Oasis | Prenez Place !
Location: Parc Hydro-Québec and on Clark Street and Sainte-Catherine Streets

Oasis | Quartier latin
Location: Quartier latin

Oasis | Terrasse gourmande
Location: Robert-Bourassa Street at the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street West

June 4 to fall 2021

Le réseau îlots d’été d’Aire Commune: a different way of working

Aire Commune is launching Canada’s first network of outdoor workspaces with 23 streamlined designs that feature free WiFi and electricity, no reservations needed. Whether you’re on the banks of the Lachine Canal, in the heart of Little Italy or in downtown Montréal, you can settle in comfortably with your computer in more than nine Montréal boroughs. Come try out the new “BIXI of teleworking”!

The Jardin de La Pépinière: your new backyard

This brand-new space located on the lots of the Studios Giovanelli in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is like a giant family terrasse/garden with lush planters as well as honey, vegetable and decorative plants and fruit trees. Open year-long, you can bring the kids here to play, have a snack on the large terrasse and inhale the aromatic scents of the kitchen garden and urban orchard. You can also telework in the shade of the trees, play petanque, take a yoga and dance class or attend an urban agriculture, zero waste or gardening workshop. Come check out this inspiring and verdant retreat!


3081 Ontario Street East (Studios Giovanelli)
Restaurant/buvette open Thursday to Sunday
Starting mid-July 2021

The Place du Village in Pointe-aux-Trembles: a new urban beach

This new gem from La Pépinière and the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles features a kiosk showcasing local businesses and a terrasse on a sandy stretch with a view of the water. Why not go there for a Saturday afternoon picnic after getting something to eat at the very popular public market?


Quai St-Jean-Baptiste, 2 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Boulevard, Pointe-aux-Trembles
Kiosque de la Pointe open Friday to Sunday
Starting June 25, 2021

Village au Pied-du-Courant: your waterfront getaway

The Village au Pied-du-Courant is a one-of-a-kind riverside (i.e. the fabulous St. Lawrence) retreat in the heart of Montréal. With its fun and beachy ambiance, this is an excellent spot to meet friends for cocktails. Its onsite program features everything from music to dance performances and visual arts to special menus. Summer’s calling!  

2100 Notre-Dame Street East, along the St. Lawrence River, at the foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Thursday to Sunday
Starting July 1, 2021

La Halte Bellerive: a window on the water!

Inaugurated in 2020 in Mercier Est, the Halte Bellerive lets pedestrians and cyclists of all ages take advantage of a rest area that rocks! Enjoy a picnic on the terrasse, order a drink or snack to go at the brand-new Bellerive snack bar, take in a music or cultural show, browse fresh products at the Saturday market or play with the kids in the sand. The total package!


Bellerive Street, between Baldwin and Des Ormeaux Streets
Kiosque Bellerive open Friday to Sunday
Starting June 26, 2021

Aire Commune x FME: Lachine’s new waterfront park

The Lachine waterfront park is getting revamped this summer thanks to a partnership with Aire Commune. The makeover includes a unique music program, cool new design and urban furniture and light non-motorized boat rentals on the St. Lawrence River. Relax and revel in this waterfront park’s five distinct zones, which offer the ultimate summery fun. Leisurely strolls, meet-ups with your besties, snacks to go and a cultural program brought to you by FME (Festival de Musique Émergente). We can’t wait!


June 10 to September 26, 2021

Les Guinguettes: your Montréal staycation

Immerse yourself in the beachy ambiance of the Guinguettes on the banks of the St. Lawrence River or the Lachine Canal. Spend festive summer days or nights taking in concerts and other entertainment, or indulge in food or drinks at restaurants and bars, where pretty patio lights and the sound of lapping water set the perfect mood. Got a sweet tooth? Be sure to check out Merci Tâta and discover local artists at the Marché Tropical. Your guaranteed instant getaway!


At Parc Jean-Drapeau, in the Sud-ouest and Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles boroughs.
Wednesday to Sunday, June 12 to October 3, 2021

Marché des Éclusiers: taste Québec’s finest terroir products

How about a gourmet bite in a simply gorgeous décor? The Old Port’s Marché des Éclusiers is home to a seasonal restaurant, coffee bar, farmer’s market, (every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and fine food store teeming with delicious artisanal products from local producers. Enjoy small dishes on site or load up your picnic basket and bring your checkered blanket to the bucolic banks of the canal.


400 De la Commune Street West
Until November 2021

Marché Fermier by the Maison de l’amitié: unleash your inner locavore

An initiative by the Maison de l’amitié community centre, this market is the ideal spot to do your grocery shopping. Stock up on Québec products such as bread, pastries, flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, maple syrup, honey and meat. Seriously, all these fresh and fabulous markets throughout the Plateau make you feel like you’re been transported somewhere else!


Marché Laurier, Place du Coteau-Saint-Louis, 475 Laurier Avenue East (Laurier métro station, north exit) // May 13 to November 14, 2021 // Thursday – 3 to 7 p.m. // Sunday – 12 to 4 p.m.  

Marché Saint-Louis, Square Saint-Louis (Sherbrooke métro station on the side of Saint-Denis Street) // June 15 to October 19, 2021 // Tuesday – 3 to 7 p.m.

Marché Baldwin, Terrasse Mercure, Parc Baldwin (corner Rachel and Fullum, 29 bus) // June 19 to October 16, 2021 // Saturday – 12 to 4 p.m.

Marché Angus: don’t miss it!

Looking for a place to enjoy that sweet sunny vibe, cool down and have a snack? Head to the Marché Angus, back for another summer season. Buy fresh local foods that come in a kaleidoscope of colours and flavours, and support local producers and artisans with your purchases. Fruit, vegetables, jams, herbs, cheeses, charcuteries: everything you need to create a diverse and delicious menu. Getting hot? You can always stop off at the terrasse and beer counter to quaff a cold one!


William-Tremblay Street, facing Parc Jean-Duceppe
Every Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., May 21 to October 29, 2021

The Urban Forest: grab some shade under this colourful canopy

With its brightly-coloured sculptural trees, Mc Cord Museum’s Urban Forest is a unique wellness area. This calm-but-colourful oasis is awash in pink, purple and maroon, from the fluttering tree leaves, picnic tables and stumps for sitting, to the geometric carpet underfoot. Think of it as a nature getaway, smack in the heart of downtown. You can enjoy an array of activities, including the Urban Tours where you an app lets you see what 150 different city sites looked like long ago. Stay tuned for the summer programming which should be out soon.


McGill métro station
Victoria Street
Between Sherbrooke Street West and Président-Kennedy Avenue
May 24 to October 17, 2021

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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