Don’t let the freezing temperatures scare you away from Montreal in the winter, because there is so much to do and see when the town is covered in white. Here are our favourite Montreal winter moments – see how many you can check off the list!
The best winter view of the city: In summer, we always recommend that guests take a gentle hike up Mont Royal mountain for a great view of the city, but in Winter, you may not want to be trekking through the snow to get that panoramic shot. Instead, head to the Olympic Stadium, where a glass elevator will take you to the top of the world’s largest freestanding tower, and you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the Island and beyond.
The best winter hot chocolate: There are two chains in Montreal that are serious about their chocolate. The first, Juliette et Chocolat, is a mecca for rich, gourmet chocolate lovers, with thick, comforting mugs of hot chocolate, accompanied by a huge variety of chocolate-themed dessert dishes. If however, you like a little savoury with your sweet, check out Cacao 70, which has an extensive hot chocolate menu, but also offers savoury crepes, omelets, and breakfast plates.
The best winter activity: You may not have brought a snowboard or skis with you to Montreal, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the cold-weather action – ice-skating is really big in Montreal, and you can rent skates and try it out for yourself at lots of different locations including Parc LaFontaine in the Plateau neighborhood, Beaver Lake at the top of Mont Royal, and Parc Jean Drapeau on Ile Saint Helen.
The best winter festival: Montreal en Lumiere is not only Montreal’s most important winter festival, it’s one of the biggest winter festivals in the world. For two weeks in February the city is buzzing with free outdoor activities, performances, exhibitions, gastronomic events, and concerts. Look out for the ever-popular ice slide in Quartier des Spectacles downtown!