A Neighbourhood Love: The Village

Maurice Nantel guides us once again through Montreal’s various neighbourhoods, stopping this time to explore the eclectic neighbourhood of the Gay Village.

A unique destination that is recognized worldwide, the Village is a vibrant, welcoming, and festive neighbourhood. Located between St. Hubert and Papineau streets, the majority of activities in this area take place around Saint Catherine Street. Summer is a great time to take advantage of this neighbourhood, since the main strip is turned into a pedestrian area for the entire season. Tourists and residents can enjoy one of the dozen terraces to have a drink or savour a good meal, all under the famous Pink Balls art installation!

The active commercial area counts close to sixty restaurants, twenty bars, and many one-of-a-kind shops; and is particularly known for its bustling nightlife. Different events take place in the neighbourhood throughout the year, such as the Festival des Arts du Village (July); Divers/Cité, a festival showcasing LGBTQ pride (end of July and early August); and the Festival Image et Nation (September), just to name a few. Montreal’s Gay Village has become synonymous with acceptance and diversity, and welcomes thousands of tourists every year from around the world.

Discover this neighbourhood through the eyes of Maurice Nantel and the Wowo studios!