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10 things to do in Montreal this winter


If you’re planning to get away at some point this winter, then Montreal is your ideal destination. It transforms overnight into a genuine winter wonderland, and it’s such a magical place to visit at this time of year.

To give you plenty of food for thought, we’ve put together 10 of the best things to see and do at this time of year. That way all you need to do is decide which one you want to try first.

Montreal Mount Royal in the winter months

Take a stroll around Mont Royal

Mount Royal is such a tranquil and relaxing place to visit, and the surrounding park will be glistening with fresh white snow. Ideal if you want to be able to snap some amazing photos whilst enjoying some fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Go and enjoy some ice skating at night

There’s no better feeling than taking to the ice, so why not do it at night and add some amazing lights to the mix? Whether you’re with your partner on a well-earned break or treating the kids to the perfect Christmas, getting out on the ice is the perfect way to cap it all off. Just make sure you book yourself in for a secret practice session beforehand so you can take to the ice like a pro and dazzle the crowd!

Enjoy the great taste of maple taffy

When you think of Canada you automatically picture yourself enjoying some delicious maple taffy. Try a whole host of different brands and locally made small batch samples, and then take your favourite home with you so that you can share a little bit of the joy of your trip.

Explore the Christmas markets

The Christmas markets are where the spirit of Christmas really comes alive in Montreal. With so many people, so much to see, and so many things to tempt you in to take a closer look, you won’t be able to control your excitement.


Take in the sight of the Notre-Dame Basilica

This one is very much for you lovers of architecture and culture. If you want to be able to take in a sight that will allow you to lose yourself in centuries of culture, this is the place to do it. The paintings still come to life the moment you set eyes on them, and the grandiose nature of the building itself will make you feel like you’re back in the heart of Renaissance Europe.

See the biosphere all lit up at night

The biosphere museum is one of the most stunning sights the Montreal skyline has to offer. That’s true all year round, but if you want to give yourself a real seasonal treat, then seeing it up close and personal in the winter months is the way to go. Ideal if you want to be able to take in a view that will certainly live long in the memory.

Enjoy the architecture of Old Montreal

Old Montreal has to be on your list of go-to places when you touch down in the city. If you want to be able to take in the sights and enjoy the general ambience, then the old part of the city is the place to be. You’ll find things a little slower and more relaxing than the heart of the city, which is ideal if you like to take your time and soak up the atmosphere.

See the murals that add plenty of colour to the city

The murals that criss-cross the city are something to enjoy, and because they pop out at you when you least expect it they’ll give you plenty of enjoyment. Create a list of the ones you have to see before you arrive, and enjoy tracking them down.

Go and enjoy the festival of lights

What else can we say about the festival of lights other than that you simply have to do and see it? The sights that you see are so breathtaking that you’ll never want to leave them. Ideal if you’re looking for the perfect festive profile photo for Facebook!

Treat yourself to a plateful of poutine

The final idea for you is by far the tastiest. Poutine is essentially chips with cheese and gravy, and it’s a Canadian speciality that will have you wanting more all night long. It’ll be served piping hot at just about any outdoor get together so you can stay outdoors and make the most of the evening if you don’t want to wait for a table at an eatery. Perfect for tasting the local delicacy that the people of Montreal will happily offer up whenever the mood takes you.

By: Kristin Savage -info@mtltimes.ca

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