Montreal‘s Old-World architecture creates an atmosphere that goes well with wintertime—the cobblestone, the history, and even the chocolate are a superb fit for winter visits. However, just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay inside in museums and cafes! Montreal prides itself on being a top winter destination; here are some activities to add a little fun (and romance) to your trip to Quebec.
There are (literally) hundreds of places to go ice-skating in Montreal. A good choice is Beaver Lake on Mont Royal, which is 2,500 square meters (26,910 square feet). Another great option is the Old Port’s Bonsecours Basin—perfect for spontaneous skating since it’s right downtown and has a great view.
You can also follow the Skaters’ Path (le sentier des patineurs) along the Saint Lawrence river for another unforgettable view. For a more intense skating experience, catch a Montreal Canadiens hockey game! You can also go snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice-fishing.
Montréal en Lumière (Feb. 21–March 3, 2013), or Montreal Highlights, has wine-tasting, performing arts, free outdoor activities, art exhibits, and great food. All in all, it’s one of the largest winter festivals in the world.
La Fête des Neiges de Montréal(Jan. 19–Feb 3, 2013), or Festival of Snow, in Parc Jean-Drapeau covers three weekends of dog-sledding, hockey, tube-sliding, zip-lining, and all the other fun things to do in the Snow Village. For those over age 18, the Igloo Fest by the Jacques-Cartier Pier (select days from Jan. 17–Feb. 9, 2013) is great for music-lovers.