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PHOTO GALLERY: OUTDOOR HOCKEY RINKS IN MONTREAL

While the Montreal Canadiens may have taken their sweet time getting on the ice this winter, Montreal’s amateur hockey players haven’t. From hugely popular rinks in the city’s best-known parks to spots tucked neatly away in quiet residential neighbourhoods, if you ice it, they will come…

WINTER SPORTS IN MONTREAL: SKATING, SKIING AND MORE

With Montreal’s official winter sport and pass time locked up behind the closed doors of the NHL, we look towards the sky of falling flurries for answers. And there it is, white powdery snow. Grab your tuque, mittens, and child-like wonder and check out some of the winter sporting activities in Montreal:

H2O ADVENTURES ON THE LACHINE CANAL

In years past, when considering their options for a nautical experience, it would have been fairly safe to wager that most Montrealers wouldn’t have chosen a mostly landlocked, formerly industrial area of town at one time best known for its crumbling factories. But now, courtesy of H2O Adventures, situated on the tree-lined shore of the historic Lachine Canal, the safe bet for waterborne fun is indeed just west of Old Montreal and mere steps south of the bustling Atwater Market…

MONT-ROYAL AVENUE BECOMES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ART GALLERY

From June 7-10, paint the town red, blue, yellow and purple at an outdoor event like only Montreal can put on: Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir, which sees a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Mont-Royal Avenue turn into a giant open-air canvas…

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN AT FETE DES NEIGES

Winter can be fun for the whole family. In Montreal anyway, as Montrealers are very good at making winter seem like the best season of the year. They certainly don’t let a blanket of snow and subzero temperatures keep them from frolicking around Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Fête des Neiges…

END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN MONTREAL

The award for most flagrant misuse of an exclamation point can only go to “Back to School!”, a phrase coined by advertising execs who have managed to forget the bittersweet, oblique pain these last two weeks of summer inflict on school-age kids. So why not give the kids one last hurrah in Montreal this summer before the school bell tolls: get to know nature, play in the park, ride a roller coaster, swim, eat and enjoy these final summer days to the max…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 4-11)

After all the weeks of festivals upon festivals – jazz, comedy, world-beat, circus – August brings a slight reprieve. Oh, there are still hundreds of things to do this week in Montreal, but the pace of activity is more suited to August vacation time: relaxing in the park to film and music, taking in a play and some art, watching hot bodies on the volleyball court or on the catwalk, you know, the usual Montreal fare…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

KAYAKING, SURFING AND SUP IN MONTREAL

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, there’s no better way than to take a spin out to Kayak Sans Frontières (KSF), a water sports adventureland nestled along the shores of the Lachine Rapids…

SUMMER IN THE PARKS

Canadians aren’t known for their bragging – even though we’ve got plenty to brag about. Not that I’m bragging about it… Seriously though, I just learned that we started the world’s first national parks service! And it’s 100 years old this year! Yeah, Parks Canada might be old but it still knows how to party…