Have you ever been in a place that makes you feel like home? A place that you never want to leave and that makes you feel like there are endless possibilities in the world. A place that fills you with an energy so powerful that it puts a big smile on your face. For me that place is Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, it’s my home away from home.

What charms me the most in this cozy little town is its tranquility. It is located by the waterfront and surrounded by many boats .The landscape is splendid especially at dusk when the sun sets. The view of the orange tinted sky is so clear. It makes you wanna fly and reach for the clouds and gives you this overcoming feeling of calmness and serenity. After the sun sets, when the sky is full of stars, the streets are full of bright terrasses and the smells of bars, grills and sea food overcomes the air .There are also plenty of small shops. The old aesthetic of the buildings takes you back to another era. After a long day of studying and working, the relief I feel when I go there is unexplainable. The mere thought of being there makes me feel better. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are some really fun activities to do! The island offers various cruises at affordable prices. The cruise sails on the shores of Perrot & Dowker Island and offers stunning views of Mount Royal, the Oratory and the towers of downtown Montreal. There is also the Bellevue Observatory, from which you can watch the stars. Another very interesting place to visit is the House of Tourism of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. It offers free exhibitions on the island’s historical heritage. Then there is the famous Sainte-Anne market which sells local products and even organizes culinary workshops. Not to mention the Montreal Aviation Museum. It is the only museum in Quebec where Quebec and Montreal’s aeronautical histories are exhibited. Let’s not forget it’s Ecomuseum Zoo, Morgan                                                                  Arboretum and Macdonald Campus Farm. Honestly,                                                                      there is everything.

The place I visit most often remains the waterfront. No matter how many times I go there, I am always amazed by the beauty of the scenery. It’s truly breathtaking! Oh, I almost forgot, Sainte-Anne also organizes concerts and themed evenings. My favourite themed night ever was the Salsa Party. No, I don’t know how to salsa dance, but that didn’t stop me from being carried away by the rhythm and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Little secret, during the evening I went to a more quiet place to watch a salsa tutorial on youtube, because I just couldn’t understand how to dance simply by watching the others moves. I left that event with a little more knowledge on salsa dancing and unforgettable memories. It is truly a place that caters to every occasion. It can vary from being a romantic destination for a date to being just a place to visit with family and friends. I highly suggest you go take a look for yourself, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Finally, for the curious ones, here is an excerpt from the official site of the island which speaks about the history of its first canal :

The first canal and the first lock were built between 1840 and 1843. The Government’s wharf at the end of Rue Saint-Pierre was built around 1850 and used by both passengers and cargo. Unlike the old ones, our current lock and canal were renovated between 1875 and 1882 with new holds where citizens could secure their boats. Numerous passenger ships docked at Sainte-Anne’s, including the Old Field (before 1860), the Prince of Wales (between 1860 and 1869), the Sovereign (from 1889 on) and the Empress (until 1935). Today, yachtsmen from across the province and the United States visit us every summer and happily borrow that impressive lock that makes us all so proud.

Written by: Alexandra

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