Oh, winter! When the temperature begins to fall, the only thing we want sometimes is to be on hibernation mode in our room, at least until the sunny days come back. But, even if the cold seems discouraging, remember that in Montreal the season is as festive as the others. Our city offers plenty of activities that will give you good reasons to go out and have fun.
Here are 10 suggestions from Hotel Y Montreal to fully enjoy this winter:
1) Go have some light at Luminothérapie
If you are at Hotel Y Montreal during these shorter and darker winter days, you should go at Luminothérapie at Place des Festivals. This activity is a good option for those who need to fill the lack of heat and light during the season. So, from November 30th, 2017 to January 28th, 2018, the place becomes a real open-air playground thanks to the Impulsion installation. This funny event consists in 30 interactive seesaws which creates series of light and sound waves when they are moving. It will change your mood, guaranteed!
2) Ice fishing
For an out of the ordinary activity, try ice fishing at the Old Port near the Clock Tower. More than thirty wooden huts were installed to create a small fishing village. A professionnal guide will accompany you during this unforgettable day in the heart of the city. In addition to enjoying pleasant moments in the fresh air, you can also enjoy a good meal with the fish you have caught during the day! Don’t forget to dress warmly for this activity!
3) Visit the Olympic Park Winter Village
Starting on December 15th, the Olympic Park has opened its traditional Winter Village for the sixth consecutive year. This village aims to bring people together on cold days by offering a festive and diverse program for all ages. Visitors will enjoy a new frozen trail completely free and lots of other winter activities. In addition, music moments, shops and a heated food court are also planned. Stay tuned, the Olympic Park will provide you beautiful moments.
4) Dance at Igloofest to warm you up
Igloofest is probably the fanciest winter event in Canada and also a big date for all Montreal electronic music fans. In a freezing cold and with the sound of great local and international DJs, you will have no choice but to dance to warm up! This 12th edition will take place between January 18th and February 3rd 2018, at Montreal Old Port. It is accessible by the orange line from Hotel Y Montreal. So, prepare your most unusual snow suit!
5) Play like a kid at Fête des Neiges
To fully enjoy the winter you must consider playing outdoors in the snow! In Montreal, this certainly happens at Fête de Neiges! Every weekend, from January 20th to February 11th, 2018, from 10 AM, you can have free outdoor fun at Parc Jean Drapeau. So, play as children with the slides, the ziplines, the inflatable games and watch music concerts!
6) Spend an evening at the Montréal en lumière festival
We are lucky: one of the biggest winter festivals in the world happens in Montreal. Even better, most of the attractions are downtown, not far from Hotel Y Montreal. This winter, the event will take place between February 22nd and March 4th 2018, proposing an eclectic program as every year. Thanks to this diversity, Montréal en Lumière receives around 1,300,000 visitors a year. Among these, there are people who are attracted by the theater plays, circus, dance and music shows. There are others anxiously waiting to participate to the gastronomic activities. Finally, thousands of people enjoy a range of free outdoor activities, such as Illuminart, the Ferris wheel, slides, zipline, curling and do not forget the famous Nuit blanche.
7) Participate in the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
If you like movies, take note that the festival Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois will take place between February 21st and March 3rd, 2018. This event offers a wide variety of genres and film approaches during 11 days of festival. Thus, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet other cinema fans and professionals, gathered to discuss and appreciate the work made in Quebec. On the program, a selection of 340 films, 30 free activities and, of course, social exchange moments.
8) Take a tour at the Art Souterrain Festival
Art Souterrain festival has created a truly original way to transform and enhance Montreal’s underground spaces. Thanks to this unique event in North America, contemporary artists are taking their works out of traditional exhibition spaces to make them more accessible to the general public. This winter, you will be able to see these creations between March 3rd and March 25th, 2018. Admission is free.
9) Explore Montreal Museums
The cold winter days are always a perfect opportunity to explore the best art exhibitions available, don’t you agree? Thus, if you spend the winter in Montreal, you will be in a culturally effervescent city, which has dozens of museums and art galleries. So, enjoy your stay at the Hotel Y Montreal this winter to learn about the permanent art collections or to explore temporary exhibitions from Montreal Museums.
10) Ice skating, always a winter classic
Indoor or outdoor, ice skating is a winter classic in Canada. Because of that, Montreal offers a wide variety of ice rinks in the four corners of the city. The good news is that the most popular sites normally offer skates for rent if you do not have your own pair.
Dress comfortably and don’t forget that ice skating is a very entertaining activity but it is also a great physical exercise!