“Cities like Montréal don’t happen very often.” – LonelyPlanet.com
If you’re looking for some winter getaway inspiration, then look no further than this blog.
This week, we’re profiling events in the fabulous city of Montreal. Whilst some argue that the city is best seen in the summer months – (long balmy days and al fresco dining do have their appeal) – we’d like to take a few moments to sing the city’s winter praises.
In addition to the history, culture, cuisine and world class shopping that Montreal is famous for, you’ll also find a number of unique, winter themed events and spectacles throughout the city this season!
Snow Village (open until March 31)
The Snow Village is a new attraction for the city, located in Parc Jean-Drapeau. It’s an awe inspiring reconstruction of Montreal city, made entirely out of ice and snow! The Snow Village also incorporates a very real hotel, restaurant, bar, convention centre and even an ice chapel where you can get married! The Snow Village will return annually to Montreal in the guise of different cities from around the world! http://www.snowvillagecanada.com/
Igloofest (Until January 28)
Igloofest is a unique winter festival that celebrates the electronic music scene. Now in its 6th year, the festival takes place on the Quays at Jacques Cartier Pier on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in January! Enjoy a ‘unique and punchy audio-visual ambiance’ and partake in the ‘wacky one piece ski suit’ contest – it makes for a highly entertaining winter experience! This festival has started already – but never fear – there are 5 nights remaining! January 20-21, 26-27 and 28! http://www.igloofest.ca/en/info
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (February 16 – 26)
This 11 day festival is apparently the biggest winter festival in the world – and a firm favourite with locals. Inspire your senses with a program of exciting gastronomic delights and displays, wine tasting activities, exhibits, concerts and an impressive illuminated site (Thurs-Sunday – free entry) at the Old Port. http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/home.aspx
If spending the night on ice at the Snow Village isn’t for you, then we have a hotel just a metro ride away! Warm rooms and comfortable beds await at the Sandman Montreal – Longueuil! http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/montreal-longueuil/
For a full list of activities in Montreal this year, visit: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org