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Montreal has a a wide range of unique neighbourhoods, each offering different advantages, lifestyles and local experiences. In this post we narrowed down the list into our four favourite residential districts to live in during the summer months. The criteria we considered for our final cut was: open, communal spaces where those special summer friendships can be made, green spots to facilitate outdoor activities, and open-air cultural events such as markets, fairs and cultural festivals. With no further ado, the winning four:
St Henri is known and loved for it’s abundance of parks and canal-side trails, making it a prime location to spend your sunny summer months.
Weekends in St Henri offer an array of possible funtivities including coffee dates at the many artisanal cafés on Notre Dame street, ambles through Little Burgundy’s quaint antique stores, picnic lunches from the Atwater market enjoyed on the banks of the Lachine canal, and jazz shows at the lively neighbourhood breweries or bars.
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Little Italy, clustered around St. Laurent between Jean-Talon and St. Zotique street, is thriving with fun things to do outdoors, all summer long.
With the Jean-Talon Market close by, many Little Italy residents choose to spend their weekend mornings perusing through the colourful stalls that sell everything from artisanal cheeses to premium chocolates and seasonal veggies.
During the soccer season, this neighbourhood’s authentic Italian cafés are a great place to sip espressos and argue about the outcomes of the World Cup. And for car enthusiasts, there’s no better place to spot parading Ferraris than Little Italy’s streets during the Grand Prix week.
Between the street food festivals, night cinema showings under the stars and outdoor opera performances, Little Italy is definitely amongst the top locations to make the most of Montreal’s summer months.
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What better way to make most of the summer action than by living in the centre of it all? Downtown residents get easy access to the many festivals hosted in the Quartier des Spectacles, as well as the pop-up fairs and events that line the streets of Downtown Montreal every weekend of the sunny months.
Moreover, living in the Downtown core or the Plateau means you’re a skip away from Mount Royal mountain, a favourite summer hang out for young Montrealers and families alike.
The biggest advantage of living downtown in the summer is that you can walk or bike to most of your appointments, rather than being cooped up in a train, bus or car. Bring on the fresh air and vitamin D!
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Granted, Griffintown may be lacking when it comes to parks and outdoor communal areas, but Griffintown’s residential projects offer some of the most summer-friendly amenities in town. From outdoor rooftop terraces and pools to landscaped courtyards and bbq areas, the condo projects in this neighbourhood are in constant competition to provide their residents with the most relaxing and fun summer environment. The Griffintown condos are also networking hubs on weekend afternoons, where you’ll be sure to meet other young urban Montrealers as you soak in the sun.
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