A quick guide to your favourite seasonal spaces

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

This article was updated on August 31, 2020.

Gourmet treats under the open sky, public beaches, reinvented parks and activities for the whole family give us the chance to discover the very best of Montréal. Rest assured that everything has been adapted to new health protocols, because everyone’s safety is always top of mind.  

Village au Pied-du-Courant: a riverside getaway

The Village au Pied-du-Courant is a one-of-a-kind hangout in the heart of Montréal, right next to the St. Lawrence River. Round up your besties for some beachside cocktails and make it a date at the Village’s beach! There’s also delish street food to sample as you take in an array of activities. Bonus: you can bring your laptop and telework in the open air.

Along the river, at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Thursday to Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Until October 3, 2020

Marché des Éclusiers: the best of Québec's terroir products

Craving gourmet food with gorgeous vistas? The Marché des Éclusiers, in the heart of the Old Port, is home to a seasonal restaurant, a bar and a farmer’s market. The space is dedicated to promoting artisanal products as well as toothsome foods and treats. Indulge in an array of local products and a superb location for kicking back with a snack. With its sweet riverside setting, the Marché des Éclusiers is a treat for your eyes and your palate!

400 De la Commune Street West

Until September 2020

The Jardins Gamelin: tap into urban agriculture!

Located in in downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles, the Jardins Gamelin are a living, breathing hub of horticulture and fun where Montrealers can relax on a gigantic outdoor patio and soak up some lush greenery. Catch live shows including music, street art, circus and dance performances on or near the Jardins stage. You can also check out the Gamélites, little stone creatures that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Fun for the whole family!

Berri-UQAM metro

Corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine Streets

Every day from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Until September 27, 2020

Angus Market: a unique place to gather

Where can you go to enjoy summer’s bounty, cool off and have a bite to eat? The Angus Market, back again for the summer season. Support local producers and artisans as you browse fresh products and regional delicacies. Fruit, vegetables, canned foods, fresh herbs, cheeses and charcuterie—absolutely everything you need for a delicious and diverse menu. While you’re there you can kick back with a cold beer on its outdoor patio. Cheers!

William-Tremblay Street, facing Parc Jean-Duceppe

Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., until October 2020

The Urban Forest: a colourful forest in the city

With its colourful sculptural trees, McCord Museum’s Urban Forest is a unique retreat designed for your well-being. This colourful little oasis features fun urban furniture coupled with an easy-breezy ambiance: think of it as your nature fix in the heart of the big city. It’s also host to an array of activities, including Urban tours, where you can use your phone to discover 150 city landmarks from bygone eras, or a yoga session to kick-start your morning.

McGill metro

Victoria Street

Between Sherbrooke Street West and President-Kennedy Avenue

Until October 4, 2020

The Maison de l'amitié's Marché Fermier: eat local

The brainchild of the Maison de l’amitié community centre, the Marché Fermier is a great spot to get everything on your grocery list. Browse Québec products such as bread, pastries, flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey and meat. The market’s fresh bounty gives you a slice of the country right at your doorstep.

Laurier metro (Laurier Avenue exit)

Place du Côteau-Saint-Louis

Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Until November 8, 2020

Les Jardineries: experience another side to the city

A veritable oasis of green in the heart of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, the Esplanade of the Olympic Park has been transformed into a fun and friendly space for the Montréal community. On this sprawling outdoor space, gourmet pleasures meet urban agriculture and local talents come here to play.

Montréal Olympic Park

Corner of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue and Pie-IX Boulevard

From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Saturday

From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday

Halte Bellerive: a window on the water!

You don’t have to go far to kick back, cool off and contemplate nature. The Halte Bellerive in Mercier Est offers pedestrians and cyclists of all ages a unique spot to relax with a covered market and lookout as well as a lush walkway of elevated planter boxes with sprayers. It’s the first edition of this fabulous neighbourhood initiative that aims to preserve green spaces showcasing the St. Lawrence River.

Bellerive Street, between Baldwin and Des Ormeaux Streets

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

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