October 25, 2013 — Cuddling up to your special someone in a cozy inn, relaxing at the spa or skating hand in hand in the moonlight... The holiday season in Old Montreal is oh-so-romantic. Here are some winter activities that will create an unforgettable getaway for couples.
For a well-deserved break from the everyday, there’s nothing like the Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal, where peace and tranquility reign supreme. A moment of pure well-being! For dinner, head to Auberge Saint -Gabriel, the oldest inn in North America. Stone walls, antiques and the crackling fire in the fireplace make a perfect decor to savour delicious dishes with your better half, lost in each other’s eyes. When night comes, lull yourself to sleep in one of Auberge Bonsecours’ lovely rooms with brick walls.
Shopping, carols and fireworks
A stroll hand in hand in the charming cobblestone streets of Old Montreal is ideal for window shopping. Art galleries and small boutiques abound, such as Noël éternel, a shop offering Christmas items year-round in a magical setting that is worth seeing. After snagging a souvenir bauble, revel in the festivities of Merry Montréal, Old Montréal’s holiday festival. Gaze at the breathtaking fireworks blazing up the sky at Telus Fire on Ice and enjoy magical activities, street entertainment and wandering carolers. Soak in some more holiday magic at the Choralies, Christmas choir concerts at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel on Saturdays and Sundays.
Skating and pastries
With stunning views of downtown Montréal, the skating rink at Bonsecours Basin allows lovebirds to enjoy a romantic outdoor atmosphere. Graceful gliding on the ice is accompanied by theme music that changes daily, from 80s tunes to airy classic melodies. After this invigorating workout, a hot chocolate and a scrumptious pastry from Maison Christian Faure will warm heart and body!