What to do in Montréal in the Winter

© MTTQ / Pictures Canada - Old Port of Montréal ice skating rink

Winter in Montréal is no time to hide indoors – it’s time to get out there and take advantage of all sorts of seasonal fun! There is no need to drive out of town to enjoy a wide array of favourite winter sports and pastimes. Once the snow flies, Montréal offers outdoor activities for all right here, in the heart of the city.

Guided Tours and Equipment Rental
Discover the city in all its wintry splendour with an expertly-guided tour complete with equipment and clothing rental to keep you warm and dry. Ideal for those looking to try something new, Fitz and Folwell offer a guided half-day experience that includes various winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and tubing.

Écorécréo showcases the snowy wonders of Parc Jean Drapeau with guided snowshoe and dog sled tours in addition to offering gear rental (skates, sleds, skis, snowshoes).

Our annual snow carnival, the Fête des Neiges is ideal for families and those who love to make the most of winter! Tube sliding, ice skating, snow games, outdoor entertainment are just some of the spectacularly fun activities to enjoy during the city’s biggest winter outdoor festival.

Every year, the 11-day festival, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival is a key annual event that showcases light and conviviality as well as gastronomic and cultural excellence. To wrap it all up, the Montréal All-Nighter is a hoot for night owls: museums, event halls, theatres, restaurants and bars across the island stay open ‘til the wee hours of the morning in a city-wide indoor and outdoor party!

Thousands of festival-goers take part in Igloofest, where everyone keeps warm by dancing (outdoors!) to the beats of the best electronic music. With tuque on head and mittens on hands, the heat doesn't stop at this hibernal celebration!

Layer up and enjoy!