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Things to do in Montréal: January 6 to 12

Montréal officially kicks off celebrations for its 375th! The city marks its momentous anniversary this week – and all year – with seasonal activities and events, including a winter action sports festival, a giant ice slide and winter villages, an outdoor electronic music fest, all kinds of art and more. It’s January at maximum fun! Winter activities Les Hivernales events kick off Montréal’s 375th anniversary, beginning with the free Barbegazi winter action sports festival, Jan. 6-8 and 13-15 downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. Montréal has even more free things to do this winter – go ice skating at Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake or Park La Fontaine and at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth where there’s also a tube slide, food and drink, and an activity area for kids. In Old Montréal, take a ride down the Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier, opening Jan. 12 – and when you get to the bottom, visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier – both built by electronic music event Igloofest. Spin fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals. And now that the World Junior Hockey Championships has finished a stellar series at the Bell Centre, watch the Montréal Canadiens return to home ice on Jan. 9… / Read More →

Kiss 2016 goodbye with our New Year’s Eve party guide

It’s only fitting, in light of what’s shaping up to be 365 days of partying for Montréal’s 375th birthday next year, that we should kick it all off with what’s always the single biggest night of celebration in la belle ville, New Year’s Eve. We offer the following guide to help get you going in the right direction on the road to ringing in 2017. Speaking of big… The Merry Montreal-organized outdoor New Year’s Party in Old Montréal’s Place Jacques-Cartier and the quays of the Old Port, now in its fourth year, will once again be by far and away the largest gathering of New Year’s revelers in the city. Last year tens of thousands of celebrants turned up for the free concerts by top-tier Québec performers, the midnight countdown and massive fireworks display, as well as the all-night DJ dance party afterward. The free concert and party gets going at 7 pm. (And let’s put it out there right away that getting around will be a breeze on the Eve since the metro – Montréal’s subway – will be open all night.) Une photo publiée par Hotel William Gray (@hotelwilliamgray) le 6 Oct. 2016 à 6h15 PDT Speaking of… / Read More →

10 New Year’s resolutions you’ll keep… in Montréal

Whether we make them every year or we’ve sworn off them for life, New Year’s Resolutions can haunt us – the trick is to make your yearly promises as fun-loving as possible. And since Montréal is decidedly fun-loving, it’s easy to follow through on those quintessential New Year’s resolutions any time of the year. Eat a multi-course meal Eating is necessary to life, whether you’ve made a “lose-weight” resolution or not, and five-course meals aren’t something most of us enjoy every day – so why not dig in to Montréal’s best prix-fixe menus at award-winning hotel and independent gourmet restaurants serving delicious local creations, authentic French food, special late-night menus, and so much more. If you visit in late fall, take advantage of the slashed prices at dozens of restaurants during the MTL à TABLE Montréal restaurant week. If you’re here in February, look for gourmet specials at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. And from late February to early April, experience the Québec cabane à sucre sugar shack tradition. Drink the good stuff There’s no time like the present in Montréal to splurge on that cask-aged whiskey or gorgeous bottle of wine you’ve been dreaming about. Taste rare single malts and more… / Read More →

10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors

A first-time visit to any city can be overwhelming. What to see? What to do? And most importantly — how to prioritize it all?  To simplify your initial Montréal visit, we’ve compiled a simple list of crowd-pleasin’ attractions. Think of it as a “greatest hits” list of what to see and do in a diverse and exciting city. In no particular order, here are ten activities and attractions that first-time Montréal visitors might want to put on their “must see” list. Climb Mount Royal (The Lookout) Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the same landscape architect who crafted New York’s Central Park), the “mountain” park at the heart of the city is the city’s most iconic landmark — and the most popular place to snap a Montréal selfie. Reach the viewpoint at the top of Mount Royal Park by walking up the stairs or with a guided tour. In the chalet at the summit, visitors will find washrooms and a small canteen for refreshments. Give yourself a breezy two hours. Spree on St-Catherine As one of the longest commercial strips in Canada, Sainte-Catherine Street is the perfect place for retail rehabilitation. You’ll find international fashion mainstays such as Gap, Victoria’s Secret… / Read More →

Double the Mothers! Family-Friendly Activities on Mother’s Day in Montréal

One mom, or two moms, Montréal is a fun place to bond on Mother’s Day and create great family memories. For little Montrealer Zoé, Mother’s Day is a very special occasion. Not only is it a few days before her birthday, but she’s lucky enough to have double the mothers to celebrate! Take a look at some great ideas for Mother’s Day in Montréal, whether you’re honouring one mom or two! Since cutie pie Zoé is only 2 years old, we asked her mothers Mélissa and Geneviève how they plan to celebrate Mother’s Day and Zoé’s birthday, and what their favourite family activities in Montréal are. Mother’s Day Brunch In Montréal One of Mélissa and Geneviève’s favourite places for a yummy family-friendly brunch is La Grand-mère Poule on Beaubien Street East. They serve typical brunch fare, with an extensive gluten-free section! If you want to treat mom to something a little fancier, try Birks Cafe by Europea. It’s located literally inside the elegant and iconic jewelry store. Keep mama away from the display cases though, unless you want to walk out of there with something sparkly and a considerably lighter wallet. A Sunday Stroll In a Park Zoé loves to… / Read More →

Things to do during a family weekend in Montreal

With a little bit of planning and a diverse range of activities, taking your family to Montreal will be an unforgettable and affordable trip that will become one for memory lane. Here’s an itinerary of three days packed full of fun and food…

Plunge into the city aboard the Amphi-Bus

You’re new to the city and you want to get a lay of the land. Do you choose a bus tour or a boat tour as an introduction to this island town? With the Amphi-Bus, there’s no reason to choose!