Winter in Montreal is truly magical. Streets covered in snow, drinking hot coco and a romantic sleigh ride in the Old Port will have you feeling like you’re in a fairy tale. Activities in Montreal during winter are limitless because let’s face it, Canada is a winter country for most of the year. Canadians live, breathe, eat (?) snow. Here’s a list of the most popular things to do in Montreal during winter.
Drinking Hot Coco and Going on a Sleigh Ride in Old Montreal
Is there anything more romantic then going on a sleigh ride while sipping hot coco with your significant other? Honestly, I don’t think there is. Old Montreal in its own is absolutely gorgeous but covered in snow, it’s just simply breathtaking. So, grab a cup of Hot Chocolate from one of the many coffee shops in Old Montreal, hop on a sleigh and enjoy the surroundings that will have you thinking you’re in Winter Wonderland.
Ice Skating in the Old Port
Ice skating in the Old Port is a must when it comes to your winter bucket list in Montreal. With the Christmas lights that surround the skating rink and the view of the city, it’s really something out of a storybook. You can rent skates on sight so you don’t have to worry about bringing them with you. They also offer skating lessons for the beginners. You can find all the information about pricing and their schedule on their website.
Mount Royal Activities
There are dozens of activities to do on the Mount Royal during the winter time. For starters, they have a skating rink on the beaver lake. You can also go skiing or sledding on the mountain. If you get all the way to the top next to the chalet, they have binoculars where they offer one of the best views of the city. There are also three restaurants spread across the mountain called Café des Amis where you can warm up and grab a hot beverage along with something to eat.
The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is an absolute must when it comes to things to do in Montreal during winter. Even if you’re not a fan of ballet, you will absolutely fall in love with the Nutcracker. It’s absolutely magical and you will be captivated by the dancers and the music. The ballet runs during the last two weeks of December. You can find the schedule and prices on the website of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
Fête Des Neiges de Montréal at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Fête des Neiges is one of the most fun activities that Montreal has to offer during winter. It runs from January until February and is fun for the whole family. Skating, sledding, tubing and so much more! This is one place that you definitely won’t get bored. It all happens on Parc Jean-Drapeau. You can honestly spend the whole day there but make sure to dress warmly because there’s not much you can do indoors in that area. Fête des Neiges is all about embracing the outdoor winter activities.