Montréal's Fête des Neiges (Snow Festival)


December 6, 2013 — Put on your woolly hat and your warm boots, Montréal’s Fête des Neiges (Snow Festival) is back at Parc Jean-Drapeau! Staged over four consecutive weekends, from January 18 to February 9, 2014, the city’s foremost winter event for families offers more reasons than ever to play outside.


On the program: experience the wintery fun

The Fête des Neiges is the perfect place to get introduced to the sports and seasonal activities that define our country. The popular event hosts a wide range of wintery fun, including tube sliding, zip-lining, dog sledding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, boot and ice hockey, teletraction snowboarding and ice skating, not to mention a friendly snowball fight from atop a mighty ice fort! Outdoor enthusiasts can join the party with the lovable polar bear mascot, Boule de Neige (Snowball).

The backdrop of the festivities is the enchanting île Sainte-Hélène, a playground for Montrealers in all seasons. From the 1.5 km-long iced path, skaters admire the soaring skyline and the glimmering waters of the St. Lawrence River. Toddlers careen along in wagons alongside colourful characters in the Disney Junior Zone, while children 12 and under participate in an obstacle course. All will have their heart skip a beat in the tube sliding zone, featuring 10 lanes this year, including two corridors of extreme sliding with a departure at a staggering 12 meter height.

A true passion for the colder season

It didn’t take long for Montrealers to make the best of the northern climate and transform its inconveniences into pleasure. In this spirit, Montréal invites the young at heart to tame the winter in a festive atmosphere!