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WESTMOUNT CONSERVATORY: A GREEN OASIS, TUCKED AWAY IN MONTREAL
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Tucked away in the heart of Westmount Park lies an oasis you may not have heard of.  The gleam of its lime-washed glass walls, protecting the plants inside from the sun’s rays, makes the Westmount Flower Conservatory a charming crystal palace just waiting to be explored. Squeezed between two heritage buildings—the Westmount Public Library and Victoria Hall community centre—the conservatory sits proud, an architectural gem that transports you to the novelty of the 19th century British greenhouse era.

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ZÉBULON PERRON: DESIGNING SOME OF MONTREAL’S MOST DISTINCT INTERIORS
zeb1The gorgeous interiors of Grinder, Furco, and Philémon—3 renowned Montreal hangouts that share at least one thing in common beyond their hip reputations—are all the product of interior designer and Montreal native Zébulon Perron. With an even longer list of bar, restaurant, and café designs spanning 20 years under his belt, his work is sprinkled across the city and there’s a good chance you’ve come into contact with them at one point or another. We sat down with Zébulon and his design partner of 6 years Andréanne Guillemette at their quaint studio on Parc, to get their take on redesigning Montreal and what it means to eat, drink, and just spend time out in public.

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LA SHED: A SMALL ARCHITECTURE FIRM, SHAPING MONTREAL IN BIG WAYSLaShed12

When you think of a city’s architectural makeup, it is most often the myriad of facades and how they work together that initially come to mind. Exteriors, evolving from decade to decade, are what shape a city’s landscape in the most obvious way. But what about that which is unseen from the street, hidden behind a front door or tucked back in an alleyway? Entering into the intimate space of a home or in wandering the back alley lining a row of duplexes and triplexes, what might we be able to say about Montreal’s architectural personality?

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GO EXPLORE HUDSON: A CHARMING COUNTRY GETAWAY, JUST OFF THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL
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If you’re looking for one last short but sweet escape before the summer runs dry, there’s a place on the edge of the world that’s waiting to be discovered. Okay, it’s not that far, but this lovely town, sitting 60 kilometres west of Montreal, is a little oasis hugging the Ottawa River, and it’s certainly worth a day trip. Hudson, a small country village that dates back to the early 18th Century, is actually only a 40-minute drive from the city. Although the idea of stepping off the island into unchartered territory may leave you weary, it’s okay, take the leap — you’ll be glad you did.

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