What are the best days to live in Montreal? Obviously we could just list the 365.25 days between Jan 1st and Dec 31st, but we’re going to be a tad more discriminatory here, so here are just the finest 10...
1. Moving day They say “one man's trash is another man's treasure”, right? Well, on July 1st, one neighbor's trash is your new living room set. Apartments across the city spill into the streets in a chaotic purge of futons, kitchen utensils, and Ikea bookcases. An awesome day for broke people in need of a new electric kettle -- or if you’re lucky, a washer/dryer combo. It's like campus move-in day, times 1.6 million people.
2. The first snow It's so powdery and innocent! So sparkly and virginal! We peer out from frosted windows and think, “It's so beautiful. Winter's not so bad!”. For a moment we believe we'll buy a season pass at Mont-Tremblant and go ice skating at Parc Lafontaine every weekend. That's before you have to shovel out the minivan. The feeling is as euphoric as it is fleeting.
3. Gay Pride Neon g-strings aside, Montreal takes Pride very seriously. Since the legalization of gay marriage in 2004, Quebec has been a leader in the North American gay rights movement. Boasting one of the most vibrant gay districts outside of San Fran, Montreal's pride celebration is the most joyous, eclectic, and bizarre party of the year.