Seasonal Bucket List: Montreal Winter

If you’ve braved the winter in Montreal before then you know what to expect, but if you’re about to move here, it can come as quite the shock. Don’t let the blizzards and freezing temperatures get you down, there’s plenty of great activities to keep the winters blues away. Theses are our top activities for the Montreal winter bucket list!

Fêtes des Neiges

Neighborhood: Old Montreal

Fêtes Des Neiges is the ultimate weapon against staying indoors during the wintertime. It takes place over four weekends from January 18th to February 9th in Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau. There are over 25 activities, including old favorites and new additions. Highlights include a skating path, snow tubing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, inflatable playgrounds, delicious outdoor food, and so much more. Find out all you need to know about this winter wonderland here.

Montrêal en Lumiêre

Neighborhood: Quartier des Spectacles

2019 marks the 20th edition of Montrêal en Lumêre, the world’s largest winter festival. Each year over 900,000 people flock to the Quartier des Spectacles neighborhood which is transformed into a giant celebration of Montreal wintertime. The festival centers around the arts, gastronomy, and awesome outdoor activities. The arts aspect invites performing artists of all kinds, from musical, circus, dance, and theatre. The gastronomy portion invites renowned chefs from all over the world to combine the ultimate food and wine pairings. The entire event site is covered with activities, many of which are perfect for the whole family. The finished program will be revealed on February 4th, you can find it here!

Winter Fun on Mount Royal

Neighborhood: Plateau-Mont Royal

Visiting Montreal’s famous mountain and focal point is a beloved summer, spring, and fall activity. Some might be wary of going up the hill during the winter, but it’s the best place for good old fashioned snowy fun! Beaver Lake is located atop Mount Royal and becomes a lovely skating rink in the winter. People can rent skates at the Beaver Lake Pavilion, along with snowshoes, cross country skis, and inner tubes. The mountain is filled with scenic ski trails and awesome paths for tubing and tobogganing. Do your kids want to learn cross country skiing? No problem! There are great youth programs running from January 4th to February 23rd. Click here for more information on registration and rentals.


Neighborhood: Old Montreal

Any fan of electronic music, dancing, or just unique ways to have fun will fall in love with Montreal’s Igloofest. This year marks the 13th edition of the festival, which takes place over 4 weekends from January 16th to February 8th. This winter music festival kicks it up a notch with striking architectural steel. Some of the sets are made entirely of ice, others of industrial metal. Igloofest welcomes some of the world’s most famous international DJs, as well as some local favorites. In addition to the great music, there are other components to explore, like the awesome Igloo Village. It might be cold outside but dancing under the stars will warm you up at this truly unique event! See the Igloofest website for ticketing and program information.

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