Things to Do in and around the West Island
By Emma Sutherland (Cultural Connoisseur)
85 Rue Ste-Anne, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
Located within easy walking distance of the college, this charming internet café boasts a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, tasty beverages, and mouth-watering desserts. The atmosphere is laid-back and enjoyable, with local art on display, friendly staff, and comfortable seating space.
60 Rue Saint-Pierre, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
Again within walking distance of John Abbott, the town pool is open for free swim during the summer and into the first weeks of school to stave off the heat. In the winter, the skating rink is open to the public. It’s a great way to kill time during your breaks! The John Abbott pool is also open at certain hours throughout the week.
The Sainte-Anne Boardwalk and Pier
Lined with bars and restaurants, Sainte-Anne’s boardwalk is a nice place to enjoy the sun and grab a drink or meal, day or night, during the warm weather. Walk far enough and you’ll arrive at the pier, a wonderful spot to enjoy the view and have a picnic.
115 Rue Ste-Anne, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
The owner of this small gelato shop makes all of his own gelato, which comes in a variety of flavors, each more delicious than the last. A great idea for a tasty treat.
15 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire, QC
Owned and managed by Beazley himself, this second-hand bookstore is a one-stop shop for reading material on a variety of topics, at unbeatable prices. Gathered and curated carefully by its knowledgeable staff of one, the shop contains everything from well-known reads to unique, quirky pieces of literature.
21125 Chemin Ste-Marie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
The West Island’s own nature reserve is an inexpensive and enjoyable way to spend a few hours learning about North American wildlife. Committed to encouraging wildlife conservation and education, the Ecomuseum is involved in a variety of wildlife protection initiatives, and many of their animals were injured before coming into their care. Drop in for a visit or inquire about volunteering if you want to get more involved!
Resto-Bar le Pionnier
286 Lakeshore Road, Pointe-Claire, QC
Formerly known as Clyde’s, this laid-back dive bar is packed with Abbott students on Friday nights. With open mike nights on Wednesdays, enjoy cheap drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.