We love Montreal in the summer, but it has its fair share of activities in the winter too. Itâ€™s hard to find the energy to leave the house in winter due to the weather, so dress up in your warmest gear and get out there! You donâ€™t want to miss some of these activities:
Skating: Lace up your skates for one of the most exciting winter activities! With over 275 skating rinks in Montreal (two are refrigerated which makes for a longer skating season), there are plenty of spots where you glide on the ice to music, play freestyle hockey or broom ball.
You can find skating rinks at the following locations:
- Quays of the Old Port
- Parc De Lorimier
- Parc Saint-Michel
- Parc Baldwin
- Parc Jeanne-Mance
- Parc La Fontaine
- Parc Sir Wilfrid-Laurier
- Bassin Bonsecours in the Old Port (Refrigerated rink)
- Lac aux Castors at Mount Royal Park (Refrigerated rink)
And if the weather doesnâ€™t permit outdoor skating, why not try Atrium Le 1000 â€“ Montrealâ€™s indoor skating rink.
For more information on conditions: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/
For a more comprehensive list of skating rinks in Montreal, click here
Cross Country Skiing:
Affordable and easy, cross-country skiing is a great winter activity in Montreal (the city has over 200km of trails)!
You can find cross country skiing trails at the following parks:
- Parc du Mont Royal (20km)
- Parc Angrignon (9.5km)
- Boise-de-lâ€™Ile-Bizard (20km)
- Cap Saint-Jacques (31.8km)
- Parc du la Riviere des Mille Iles (7km)
- Boise-de-Liesse (18.3km)
- Parc Maisonneuve (11.1km)
- Botanical gardens (4.8km)
Snow Tubing and sledding: Revive childhood memories by sliding the slopes of the following parks that offer snow tube rentals.
- Parc du Mont Royal
- Parc Jean-Drapeau (snow tube rentals available only during FĂŞte des Neiges)
- Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse
- Parc-nature ĂŽle-de-la-Visitation
- Parc-nature Pointe-aux-Prairies
FĂŞte des neiges de MontrĂ©al: Until February 5, 2012, donâ€™t miss Montrealâ€™s biggest winter festival with activities taking place on weekends from 10am to 5pm at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Snow Village: Until March 31, 2012 pay a visit to Parc Jean-Drapeau for a unique Montreal winter-experience.
MontrĂ©al en LumiĂ¨re: One of the worldâ€™s largest winter festivals is taking place from February 16-26. MontrĂ©al en LumiĂ¨re invites visitors to experience gastronomy and outdoor activities. The festival closes with â€śNuit Blancheâ€ť an event where everyone is invited to over 180 free activities ranging from exhibits, dance, music, stories, onstage, onscreen and more all outdoors!
Confused about what to do? How about a snow tour with Fitz & Follwell Co.? Providing guides cycle tours, snow tour and bike rentals, Fitz & Follwell Co provide a unique and crafted way to discover the city in the winter.