Isa Tousignant is a Montreal-based writer and editor with a curiosity that runs deeper than most. She's chatted world-views with celebrity chefs, gemologists, arena rockers and furries. All were incrementally life-changing. 

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant

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39 meilleures choses Ă  faire Ă  Montreal maintenant

39 meilleures choses Ă  faire Ă  Montreal maintenant

MISE À JOUR, juillet 2024 : De la dĂ©couverte de l'un des nombreux jardins secrets à la 15e Ă©dition de MontrĂ©al ComplĂštement Cirque, MontrĂ©al regorge de choses Ă©tonnantes et gratuites Ă  faire pendant l'Ă©tĂ©. Du plus grand festival de camions de cuisine de rue du Canada aux magnifiques plages de MontrĂ©al accessibles en mĂ©tro, MontrĂ©al ne manque pas d'attraits pendant la saison. Que vous soyez intĂ©ressĂ© par les meilleurs hotdogs montrĂ©alais ou les activitĂ©s familiales, cette liste est faite pour vous. Ce tour d'horizon incontournable des incontournables de MontrĂ©al est votre liste de choses Ă  faire, que vous soyez touriste ou local : des meilleurs restaurants aux musĂ©es les plus Ă©blouissants - il rassemble les activitĂ©s les plus remarquables dans l'une des meilleures villes du monde. Trouver de quoi faire Ă  MontrĂ©al n'a jamais Ă©tĂ© plus facile. RECOMMANDÉ : Le guide complet des meilleures activitĂ©s gratuites à faire Ă  MontrĂ©alLes meilleures choses Ă  faire avec des enfants Ă  MontrĂ©al50 meilleurs restaurants de MontrĂ©al  

49 best things to do in Montreal right now

49 best things to do in Montreal right now

UPDATE, July 2024: From the best ways to cool off this summer to discovering the most talked about iconic restaurant opening in Montreal (plus the largest street food truck festival in Canada and finding out where to eat 150 tacos in one day), Montreal is full of amazing and free things to do right now. Whether you are looking for cheap eats, where to find one of the many secret gardens or simply the best family-friendly activites, this list is for you. This essential round-up of Montreal musts is your to-do list whether you're a tourist or a local: from the best bars and speakeasies to the most stellar free museums—it rounds up the most outstanding things to do across the city. RECOMMENDED:Complete guide to the best restaurants in MontrealBest things to do with kids in MontrealBest attractions in MontrealBest Airbnbs in Montreal

OĂč manger le meilleur sushi Ă  MontrĂ©al : 27 superbes restaurants

OĂč manger le meilleur sushi Ă  MontrĂ©al : 27 superbes restaurants

Les options de restauration japonaise de cette ville sont trĂšs variĂ©es, allant du meilleur ramen de MontrĂ©al, qui rassasie l'Ăąme, Ă  notre scĂšne izakaya en plein essor, qui constitue une bonne partie des meilleurs bars et restaurants de la ville, mais nous avons tous une place spĂ©ciale dans nos cƓurs pour quelques sushis de choix, et nous avons de la variĂ©tĂ© Ă  revendre : Les options proposĂ©es ici vont du bon marchĂ© et dĂ©contractĂ© au haut de gamme et chic, des coupes traditionnelles et habiles aux coupes innovantes et non conventionnelles. Que vous soyez Ă  la recherche d'un menu dĂ©gustation Ă©laborĂ©, d'un sakĂ© pour deux avec quelques rouleaux ou simplement d'un bon repas bon marchĂ©, vous le trouverez ici. RECOMMANDÉ : Le guide complet des meilleurs restaurants de MontrĂ©al

The best sushi in Montreal to feast on

The best sushi in Montreal to feast on

The best sushi in Montreal never disappoints. It’s the top jewel in a crown of the best Japanese restaurants in Montreal, and while places serving the best ramen in Montreal or our booming izakaya scene shouldn’t go unrecognized for their contributions to the city’s best bars and restaurants, sushi here is absolutely top notch. We've got variety and then some, with options ranging from the inexpensive and casual to the high-end and posh, all of which sport skillful chefs making both traditional and unconventional dishes. Elaborate tasting menus, sake for two with some rolls or just some good cheap eats—it’s all right here. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Montreal

The best picnic spots in Montreal, ranked

The best picnic spots in Montreal, ranked

If you want to know when summer begins in Montreal, it’s when everyone gets together at the city's best picnic spots. This is the time Montrealers live for, having gritted their teeth through the winter until they can rush out the door to enjoy the sun al fresco style. Everyone has their favourite places to go—sometimes opting for the best parks and best beaches in Montreal—but if you want the very best spots for spaciousness, scenery, access to restaurants for easy eats and the best vibes all around, here’s where you want to go. Remember: You can consume alcohol in all of these spots, provided you have food! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in MontrealBest cheap eats in Montreal

Outdoor cinemas in Montreal you need to visit for summer watching

Outdoor cinemas in Montreal you need to visit for summer watching

When you're stuck in the thick humidity of a summer in the city, outdoor cinema is a great way to cool down—expecially if you're looking for cheap things to do. Whether you want to sling back a couple brews with your entertainment, or want to spend the evening outside of your living room, this is where outdoor cinemas in Montreal come in. One of the best ways to get out of the house, these pop-ups start appearing in Montreal parks a few weeks into summer and don't stop for a few months. Pack a blanket, pull up with a cooler, and enjoy. RECOMENDED: Best things to do in MontrealBest parks in Montreal

26 of the best hiking and parks in and around Montreal

26 of the best hiking and parks in and around Montreal

When you need little break from the bright lights of the city, go for a walk—Montreal's secret gardens included. Hiking is the easiest thing to do in and around Montreal after biking: There are fantastic park trails and beaches to be enjoyed within the city itself, and if you’re willing to drive, there are road trips from Montreal are easily done within a day or a weekend. Need the rest before your drive back? These accessible hikes range anywhere from 1 to 4 hours from the city (with a secret beach and hiking trails here if you're willing to go a little further). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in MontrealBest bike rides around MontrealBest parks in MontrealBest road trips from Montreal

43 best free things to do in Montreal

43 best free things to do in Montreal

Montreal has so many epic things to do, especially during the summer. From free yoga, meditation and breathwork sessions to discovering one of the city's many gorgeous hidden gardens, we suggest you get out your calendar and let the fun begin. Don't forget to check out all the (free family-friendly!) things happening at they city's best museums. RECOMMENDED:Full guide to the best things to do in MontrealBest things to do with kids in Montreal 

Les 35 meilleures activités gratuites à faire à Montréal

Les 35 meilleures activités gratuites à faire à Montréal

MontrĂ©al a tellement de choses incroyables Ă  faire, surtout pendant l'Ă©tĂ©. Nous vous suggĂ©rons de sortir votre calendrier et de laisser le plaisir commencer... N'oubliez pas de vĂ©rifier les activitĂ©s gratuites pendant la fin de semaine du Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada—et les meilleurs musĂ©es de MontrĂ©al Ă  visiter gratuitement ! RECOMMANDÉ : Le guide complet des meilleures choses Ă  faire à MontrĂ©alLes 21 meilleures choses Ă  faire avec des enfants Ă  MontrĂ©al

The best water parks in and around Montreal to conquer heatwaves

The best water parks in and around Montreal to conquer heatwaves

With all of the city's legendary frigid winters, it’s easy to forget that it can get ridiculously hot on and around the island, but the best water parks in and around Montreal make you forget all about that. Nothing else battles scorching heatwaves and humid temperatures quite like them, especially when it's rising above 30° Celsius and feeling more like 40°C with the humidex. Sure, you could crack some cold ones at the best picnic spots in Montreal or even hit up some Montreal pools, but when you really want to get wet? Enjoy water crashing on splash pads, make a day trip from Montreal to slopes with summer slides, and get ready to get soaked with this deep dive into the best places within and near the 514. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in MontrealBest pools in Montreal

Guide essentiel du week-end du Grand Prix à Montréal

Guide essentiel du week-end du Grand Prix à Montréal

PassionnĂ©s de vitesse, Ă  vos moteurs! MontrĂ©al accueille de nouveau les amateurs de Formule 1 du monde entier lors de son Grand Prix du Canada, du 7 au 9 juin 2024. Disons que la vie sur l’üle est sur le point de s’accĂ©lĂ©rer, mais tous savent que les courses du circuit Gilles-Villeneuve ne reprĂ©sentent qu’une partie du plaisir! En effet, les moments les plus mĂ©morables ont souvent lieu ailleurs : dans les restaurants, clubs, et terrasses qui font tout pour vous en mettre plein la vue. DĂ©couvrez notre palmarĂšs des lieux gagnants pour vivre un Grand Prix inoubliable. Quand est est le Grand Prix de MontrĂ©al ? Le Grand Prix du Canada sera de retour du 7 au 9 juin, 2024 Ă  MontrĂ©al. Grand Prix de MontrĂ©al : Ă  quelle heure commence-t-il ? La course du Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada dĂ©bute vendredi 7 juin 2024 : sĂ©ances d'essais de Formule 1 (13h30) ; samedi 8 juin 2024 : essais (12h30) et sĂ©ances de qualifications de Formule 1 (16h) ; et dimanche 9 juin 2024 : course de Formule 1 (14h-16h). Qu'y a-t-il d'autre Ă  faire Ă  MontrĂ©al pendant le week-end ? Des attractions aux manifestations artistiques, aux Ă©vĂ©nements culturels et aux restaurants et bars incontournables, il n'est pas Ă©tonnant que MontrĂ©al soit une destination de choix pour les touristes et une source de joie quotidienne pour ses habitants. Suivez ces recommandations et vous ne manquerez rien.

Your guide to dating in Montreal

Your guide to dating in Montreal

We've taken the stress out of dating for you. Finding date ideas that don't feel like a forced gesture out of Love, Actually can sometimes be an actual challenge. Luckily in Montreal you're spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do when you've got romance in mind. Whether you’re looking for one of the best romantic restaurants, or one of the best Montreal attractions to set the mood before a make out sesh or to grab a casual coffee in the most romantic cafĂ© in town, we’ve compiled a top-notch list of places to try. From the best restaurants in the city, to the best bars—and some stellar cheap eats in between—let us play wingman. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in MontrealMost romantic restaurants in MontrealBest speakeasies and secret bars hidden in Montreal

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Malefycia Miami

Malefycia Miami

Montreal's most (in)famous haunted house lands in Miami, pushing the limits of realism and immersive creepiness even further for its stateside debut—to the point that it’s only open to those aged 21 and up. For its highly anticipated first edition in the US, dubbed "GAME," expect a unique immersive event where you'll test your limits by playing old classic games like Operation, Hang Man, Ouija, The All-Seeing Zoltar and others. Embark on a four-chapter journey through a variety of interactive installations that incorporate hands-on gore, erotic rituals and cruel and unusual puzzles. (If you need a bit of liquid courage, fear not: The whole affair begins and ends with a full bar accompanied by DJ-spun beats). With elaborate theatrical sets and dozens of circus performers whose sole aim is to produce cold sweats, you might get a little PTSD from this one.

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Top 15 choses à faire à Montréal en 2024

Top 15 choses à faire à Montréal en 2024

L'annĂ©e Ă  venir est pleine de promesses pour MontrĂ©al, avec des adresses emblĂ©matiques rouvrant leurs portes, de nouveaux points de vue Ă  explorer, des boutiques de classe mondiale Ă  savourer, d'Ă©normes tĂȘtes d'affiche dans une variĂ©tĂ© de festivals et de nouvelles saveurs Ă  dĂ©guster en ville. Votre liste de choses Ă  faire sera certainement longue ! Voici quelques-uns des nouveaux restaurants, bars, Ă©vĂ©nements et aventures que nous sommes impatients de dĂ©couvrir en 2024. 1. Encouragez les Ă©quipes de canoĂ« sur glace sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent Le 24 fĂ©vrier, vous nous trouverez sur les rives glacĂ©es du Saint-Laurent, regardant ce sport d'hiver plein de suspense – juste le son de ces canots massifs fendre les eaux froides et boueuses est suffisant pour vous donner des frissons. Notre endroit prĂ©fĂ©rĂ© pour regarder est le Quai de l'Horloge, mais il y a d'autres points de vue intĂ©ressants aussi : Place de la CitĂ© du Havre, par exemple. Photograph: DĂ©fi canot Ă  glace, Michel Émond 2. DĂ©couvrez le wampum historique et l'art autochtone MontrĂ©al a un accĂšs privilĂ©giĂ© au Wampum: Beads of Diplomacy jusqu'au 10 mars, rĂ©unissant 40 ceintures wampum rares pour la premiĂšre fois. La nouvelle exposition au MusĂ©e McCord Stewart organise le travail de perles historique aux cĂŽtĂ©s de dizaines d'objets culturels pour expliquer leur rĂŽle fondamental, ainsi que le travail contemporain d'artistes autochtones locaux tels que Hannah Claus, Nadia Myre, Teharihulen Michel Savard et Skawennati. Photogra

Top 15 things to do in Montreal in 2024

Top 15 things to do in Montreal in 2024

The year 2024 is full of promise for Montreal, with iconic addresses reopening, new viewpoints to take in, world-class shops to enjoy, whopping big headliners at a variety of festivals and new flavours to be savoured across town. Your things to do list is sure to be long! Here are some of the new restaurants, bars, events and adventures we can’t wait to enjoy in 2024.  1. Cheer for the ice canoe teams on the St. Lawrence River On February 24 you’ll find us on the icy shores of the St. Lawrence, watching this high drama winter sport—just the sound of these massive canoes slicing through the slushy cold waters is enough to send shivers down you. Our favourite spot to watch from is Quai de l’Horloge, but there are other cool viewpoints too: Place de la CitĂ© du Havre, for example.  Photograph: DĂ©fi canot Ă  glace, Michel Émond 2. Slide down Glissades Gamelin On weekends until March 10, slip and slide down this new fun zone at Parc Émilie Gamelin, where all ages are invited to snowskate or snowscooter (don’t worry if you don’t know how, they’ll teach you). You can also play snow pĂ©tanque and practice your aim at winter cornhole. Bring your own gear or borrow some for free onsite, and soak up the atmosphere with sounds courtesy of DJs Sasha Sol, N8, OKIN and Zepha—plus storytelling for the kiddos. The aprĂšs-slide offerings include snacks and hot drinks for both grownups and tots. Photograph: JALQ Photography 3. See historic wampum and Indigenous art Montreal has privileged acce