Urban residents everywhere appreciate the necessity of a nature sanctuary. The Golden Square Mile’s northern border is formed by the oasis of Mont-Royal Park, with several smaller green spaces dotting the neighborhood throughout. Montréalers know how to maximize the precious, all-too-short summer months with festivals and open-air activities. Do lunch al fresco in the vibrant Dorchester Square, dotted with statues of Montréal and Canadian historical figures, or walk the pups in Percy-Walters Park. There’s also the quaint Pine-Redpath Crescent Park, a wooded area nestled just at the base of Mount Royal, for a quick pause before (or after) a trek up to the famous look-out point. Square Phillips is home to a statue of King Edward VII and a string of souvenir stands selling maple syrup and sweets, flowers, trinkets and baubles in the summertime. On the McGill campus, tree-lined quads offer shaded benches for a downtown break; no student I.D. required.