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Montréal’s BARBEGAZI Fest: Canada’s “coolest winter action sports event”

It’s a wild winter fest worthy of its namesake, the “barbegazi,” mythical gnome-like creatures with long beards that reside in the French and Swiss Alps and spend their leisure hours surfing on avalanches with their enormous feet. And while avalanche surfing isn’t yet on the sched for this third edition of Montréal’s BARBEGAZI Winter Action Sports Festival, it wouldn’t feel out of place amongst the craziness. The two-day, all-ages BARBEGAZI Festival – this year on February 14 and 15, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – again takes place against the spectacular backdrop of Montréal’s Olympic Stadium, on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life in the Olympic Park. Over 6,000 attendees turned out for the 2014 instalment of the fest, which centres on lumberjack and freestyle snowmobile competitions. Snowskating (taking snowboards and skis to the Esplanade’s railings and stairs and whatever else strikes one’s fancy) will still be a featured component of BARBEGAZI festivities, though not in competition form this year. Rather, it’s something festival goers will be encouraged to try out. Best of all? Admission to both days of BARBEGAZI is completely free. And the fun doesn’t end there. “We’re going to integrate a fatbike race – the big bicycles with huge wheels that can… / Read More →


While some may dismiss it out of fear and say “that snowshoeing is for them winter folk”, avid mountaineers say that if you can walk, you can snowshoe. So even if you hail from near the equator where “making it snow” means something else, giving this winter activity a try is the coolest thing you’ll do this season. You can even take a guided tour…


Even under a blanket of fresh snow, Montreal won’t slow down its pace, especially during this week of  entertainment and family-friendly activities indoors and out at the Montréal en Lumière festival, at the circus, at the Old Port (ice canoe races!), on stage and in museums and galleries, and in music venues everywhere…