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Things to Do in Montreal: March 7-13

It’s been a busy, wintry February in Montreal, and March doesn’t show any signs of the city slowing down: there’s still plenty to do outside, especially if you’re traveling with the family, and music, art, theatre, circus and more to entertain indoors…

Barbegazi: Canada’s coolest winter action sports festival

It’s unknown whether or not the designers of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium envisioned the architectural marvel, long the site of warm weather sporting action including professional baseball, football and soccer, playing host to snowboarders and skiers. Never mind airborne snowmobiles and chattering chainsaws. But even if they didn’t, organizers of the nascent Barbegazi Festival are making them look like geniuses…

VIDEO: Gardens of Light at Montreal Botanical Garden

From September 6 to November 3, the Montreal Botanical Gardens host their annual Gardens of Light show. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family. An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm Jutras Bathalon Bureau d’étude lumière creates a peaceful pathway though the garden, winding over bridges and past waterfalls and ponds, drawing attention to the unique plants and their surroundings. Stop for a moment along the way to watch an elegantly minimalist sound-and-light show among a stand of tall, thin trees, or sit on a bench to take in the garden’s serenity.

Sports in Montreal: the 2013 Montreal Alouettes

An interesting thing happened to professional football in Montreal in 1998: it was allowed to breathe. And almost as soon as the Montreal Alouettes inhaled high on the side of Mount Royal – a spectacular setting complete with scenic views of the city – away from the closed-in confines of the Olympic Stadium, their previous home, the people came. And when the people came, so did the wins…

A summer of performances in Montreal’s parks

Montreal’s leafy, green spaces teem with entertainment all summer, whether you’re just people watching – impromptu music jams and tightrope walking does happen – or in the park to see a scheduled music, dance, theatre or circle show…

Out and about with the family this spring and summer

Montreal in the hot months feels like the reason the sun exists – the city shines like a mirage full or music festivals, lively parks and revelers everywhere you turn. You don’t have to ask us twice to stay out of doors, and with these great activities, even the kids will agree. No TV show in the world compares to the fun to be had in the great outdoors…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MARCH 15-21

The middle of March in Montreal might be the perfect time to get our springtime engines revving, what with the city’s famed Saint Patrick’s Day parade (and associated celebrations), the height of sugaring-off season (mmm, maple syrup), and a new season of entertainment and live music in seemingly every venue in town…

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE 2013 MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Even though Montreal excels at winter fun, by mid-February Montrealers’ thoughts turn wistfully to the glory of summertime: picnics in the park, walking along St-Laurent during the street fair, bike rides, and of course our many festivals, most significantly, the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Well, the Jazz Fest just helped us out by leaking some of the acts set to perform this summer…

SPORTS COME ALIVE IN MONTREAL: CANADIENS, GSP, ROGERS CUP, IMPACT AND MORE

[www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HwHD1-A9Vc] From our beloved and storied hockey franchise the Montreal Canadiens to our surging soccer team the Montreal Impact, from hometown UFC hero Georges St-Pierre to the power and spectacle of the Grand Prix and the thrilling athleticism of the Rogers Cup, Montreal is a year-long destination for sports fans. And if you’re coming to town for the big game and you need a place to stay, we can help with that too.