See the city one step at a time

Blair Dohey

Blair Dohey is a Canadian writer and blogger who relentlessly tracks down the coolest things to do and see in Montréal and loves discovering amazing restaurants and bars in the city. When he’s not writing about his travels through Montréal, you’ll probably find him sitting at a bar, chatting with friends and laughing at his own jokes.

This article was updated on May 18, 2022.

The warm summer sun is just around the corner and that means several streets across the city go pedestrian-only, giving us all plenty of room to stretch our legs and stroll. Here’s a glance at these festive, sunny streets.

Smiles and smiles of walking fun in the Plateau-Mont-Royal

Du Mont-Royal Avenue will be closed to traffic, from Saint-Laurent Boulevard to Fullum Street as bars, restaurants and shops spill out onto the sidewalks, creating an outdoor space like no other in the city that includes unique art installations, restaurants and much more (from June 8 to September 5). Easily one of Montréal’s most popular streets and neighbourhoods, there’s bound to be plenty to do and see.

This year Duluth Street will also be closed to traffic during the weekends from Saint-Denis Street to Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Often easily mistaken for a garden with a street running through it, Duluth is one of the city’s most eclectic streets with quaint trinket shops, popular restaurants, hair salons and more. Expect food scents of all kinds wafting from terrasses and lots of chatter as you walk by.

As if we won’t have enough space to wander around the Plateau, Saint-Laurent Boulevard will also be partially closed to traffic from Sherbrooke Street to Mont-Royal Avenue. From outdoor dining to unique shops, cafes and great places to stop and cool off with a cocktail, the Main is a must for locals and visitors alike.

Hustle and bustle on Bernard Street

Come discover the scenic beauty of Bernard Street. With Outremont’s busiest street closed to traffic, the restaurants and shops take over, tantalizing you as you make your way along the street. Passersby will discover a multitude of attractions including plenty of places to sit and take a break, creative lighting projects and even some urban agriculture.

 

The ongoing appeal of Ontario Street

Pedestrians will have more to see and do on Ontario Street this summer (from June 15 to September 9) as the zone for foot traffic extends to seven street corners. Outdoor seating, beautiful plants, terrasses, cooling zones and much more will join the gourmet bakeries, candy stores and great antique shopping that makes this street so unique. One of the most diverse streets in the city, the strip that courses through Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is teeming with pubs and restaurants of all sorts, most with welcoming terrasses that are perfect for a pint and people watching.

 

A swell stroll along Wellington

Wellington Street in Verdun will also be closed off to automobile traffic again this year (from June 1 to September 19), giving pedestrians even more space to walk freely on warm summer days. Whether you’re there to enjoy a coffee while strolling and shopping or to take in one of the many terrasses offering a plethora of choice foods from around the world, you’ll be ecstatic to see the greenery and the installations provided to pedestrians for the season.

To market, to market we go

Only steps away from the magnificent Jarry Park and walking distance from the Jean-Talon Market and Little Italy, de Castelnau Street is an excellent place to stop, relax and collect your thoughts after you’ve finished shopping or eating at one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes in the area. This summer, Place du Marche Nord Street, from Casgrain Avenue to Henri-Julien Avenue welcomes pedestrians, inviting them to explore the vibrant ambiance of the market.

Beyond the market, de Castelnau Street will also be closed to traffic from Saint-Denis Street to Gaspé Avenue, with outdoor seating, colourful street art and much more, making people watching in the area even more fun.

 

Let’s hear it for downtown Montréal!

Sainte-Catherine Street West, Canada’s largest commercial artery, will come to life on the weekends this summer as the street closes to traffic from Saint-Laurent Boulevard to Bleury Street and from Clark Street to de Montigny Street. Including some of our city’s hottest destinations, world class restaurants, shopping and more, there’s no better time to plan your weekend trips downtown.

Featuring outdoor installations that will turn the area into a garden paradise, plenty of outdoor seating and lots of space to roam safely, Sainte-Catherine Street West will keep you coming back for more.

 

16 years of celebration in The Village

Returning for its 16th year, the Saint-Catherine Street east pedestrian street in The Village remains a welcome sign of summer. With more than 50 inviting terrasses to satiate our thirst and appetite, plenty of colourful characters to distract our attention, extravagant drag queens (of course) and more, a day in The Village is like escaping into a different world where inclusion is everything.

 

Quartier latin

Montréal’s Quartier latin has always been an epicentre of culture in the city and summer 2022 promises to be bigger and even better with Saint-Denis Street closed from Sherbrooke Street to de Maisonneuve Street (from June 1 to September 28). Populated with more restaurants, shops and bars than almost anywhere else in the city, this neighbourhood is synonymous with good times. This year, expect terrasses to be bigger and bolder than ever before and there’ll be plenty of outdoor seating, greenery and much more, turning the area into a summer oasis.

Émery Street in the Quartier latin, will also be closed again this year. This offshoot of Saint-Denis has a quiet character but for its size, packs a delicious punch with a delightful tea room, cafes and restaurants on one side and a giant movie theatre on the other. A calming antidote to the bustle of the surrounding area.

The many attractions of Old Montréal

Old Montréal is one of the city’s greatest neighbourhoods to wander on foot. With Saint-Paul closed to traffic, that means more outdoor cafes, more live music on the street, more space to safely keep your distance and more time to spend admiring the European flair that attracts thousands of people from around the world every year.

One street south of Saint-Paul you’ll find the bustling de la Commune Street with curious shops, cozy cafes, stunning architecture, street level and rooftop terrasses that provide a stunning view of the Saint-Laurent River. Traffic is closed off between Saint-Gabriel Street and Bonsecour Street allowing pedestrians and cyclists to carefully share the space freely.

As you make your way west on de la Commune Street, you’ll no doubt be tempted by the picnic tables and adirondack chairs at Place D’Youville that provide relief after hours of walking in Old Montréal and plenty of shade to eat lunch with friends and family. Take in a visit at one of the many museums near this quaint pedestrian walkway.

Blair Dohey

Blair Dohey is a Canadian writer and blogger who relentlessly tracks down the coolest things to do and see in Montréal and loves discovering amazing restaurants and bars in the city. When he’s not writing about his travels through Montréal, you’ll probably find him sitting at a bar, chatting with friends and laughing at his own jokes.

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