We just moved to Montreal and had our own quiet little moving day - one month late, it seems. The great majority of Montreal's (Quebec's, for that matter) leases end on July 1, which means that day sees a lot of action...
Over 100,000 Montrealers moved on July 1 alone. The July 1 Canada Day holiday gives folks a chance to pack up and move out, but it also means if you're looking for a new place to live, it's much more difficult during the rest of the year. No wonder our landlord was so hesitant to allow us an August 1 lease date.
This is how it all started and these days, some see it as a free-for-all rummage sale in the streets.
Photos: Spacing Montreal and Flickr