5 ways to spot spring in Montreal
April showers have brought May flowers after a long winter
Spring has sprung in Montreal, and while it can't be 24 degrees every day, the warm weather is positively here to stay.
The long winter receded with April's gradual thaw, and now the May flowers are beginning to pop up all over the city.
Flowers mark the first sign of spring (on this list anyway), and they serve as perhaps the most visceral reminder that sunnier days are on the way.
Bright colours dot gardens, parks and street corners, as wildflowers and tulips begin to bloom.
For Montrealers who have grown used to seeing a monochrome of white and grey for the last few months, patches of bright green grass and vibrant petals are a much-needed dose of colour.
2. Bare arms
This is a city full of people that love the feel of warm sun on their skin.
As soon as the sun comes out, Montrealers ditch the coats, jackets and sleeves.
And who can blame them?
It's not too early to lay a blanket out in the park and start working on this season's tan.
The songs of birds that have returned to Montreal, nestled in branches and perched on window ledges and fire escapes, are a certain sign that spring has arrived.
If you're lucky, or you happen to have a stash of tasty birdseed, you might even get up close to one of our feathered friends.
4. Balls restored
The rainbow balls strung across a kilometre-long stretch of Ste-Catherine Street East signal the start of May in the Gay village.
The moment the strings of 200,000 colourful balls go up, you can bet that's the last we'll see of winter storms and ice.
The balls stay up all summer, through Montreal Pride and into September. The street is also blocked off between St-Hubert Street and Papineau Avenue.
5. Bikes everywhere
While some Montrealers brave the icy streets as avid winter cyclists, the majority of people hop back on their bikes once the snow is gone and the winter's grit has been swept away.
The urban bike paths are scenic trails full of cycling enthusiasts taking in the fresh air and getting a little exercise during their daily commute.
Bixi stands have also cropped up, offering the casual cyclist a chance to hit the road, as well.
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