The winter has been long and brutal, but at last things are starting to look up. Today the temperature is expected to hit double-digits Celsius (50F) for the first time all year. Snow is melting, and at least one tree outside my office window is starting to bud (below).
The sidewalks are now ice-free and crowded with people. The city's bike-sharing program, BIXI, has begun to install its seasonal terminals across my neighbourhood. There's more room to breathe in the metro and buses as passengers replace their heavy down jackets for windbreakers and sweaters. Montreal is just weeks away from festivals, terraces, and open-air markets. It's about time!