Winter

Nowhere is winter as warm, friendly and full of fun as in Montréal.

For Montréalers, quality of life is a year‑round affair. Because the way we see it, life is meant to be lived, even in the depths of winter. Snuggled up indoors, it’s impossible to experience the sparkling wonders of the city!

In the central core, Montréal’s vast underground city is ripe with possibilities: shopping, entertainment, cultural events, get-togethers, even a stop at the climate-controlled Biodôme,with the temperature outdoors never a worry.  

Do, however, step outside to stroll bustling city streets. Magically decked out in seasonal garb, Montréal’s homes and businesses are certain to warm the heart. This dazzling celebration extends to city museums and exhibitions such as “Who is the real Santa Claus?and the Oratory’s famed collection of nativity scenes from around the world.

In February, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival treats urbanites to a mélange of outdoor entertainment, bars and braseros, portside fireworks, world premiere indoor performances, and a delectable series of wine and culinary events. Leading local restaurateurs invite internationally renowned chefs to dazzle festivalgoers with exceptional menu offerings. Trendy night owls delight in the Montréal All‑Nighter lineup of over a hundred one-of-a-kind activities. In early March, the Old Port reverberates with the sounds of the ever-original Port Symphonies.

By day, outdoor enthusiasts take to the many ice-skating rinks, such as Beaver Lake on Mount Royal or Bonsecours Basin in the Old Port, while others might prefer to glide indoors at places like 1000 De La Gauchetière, Montréal’s tallest skyscraper.

Tobogganing or cross-country skiing, anyone? Don’t be surprised if you chance upon city dwellers with a laptop in one hand and snowshoes in the other: it’s a Montréal thing!

Taking the chill out of the air is Igloofest, an electronic music extravaganza that draws a contemporary crowd a thousand strong under the big top on any given night. Then, come spring, it’s time for a good, old-fashioned sugaring-off party to savour a fresh harvest of maple flavours!