While Montreal is known for its summer festivals, it does no simply go into hibernation in winter!
One of the city's winter festivals is the Fête des neiges (litteral translation: Snow Festival) which takes place on consecutive weekends, usually from late January to mid-February, on Jean-Drapeau Island.
It is an ideal outing for the whole family, as many of the activities are geared towards kids. Fixtures at the festival include the skating path and the tubing slides. You can also take a dog sled ride to appreciate the scenery of the island. There are also a variety of shows, exhibits and kiosks that you can visit. Check out the festival's website (shown below) to see the program.
When I was there, the ice sculpting competitions had just ended, so even though I did not see the sculptors in action, I did not have to wait to take pictures of their works!
Please note that while access to the site is free, most of the activities are not. However, there are some discounts for children under a certain age (which vary from one activity to the next).
La Fête des Neiges (Winterlude)
It's like our little Carnaval here in Montreal. You can skate on the olympic bassin, slide down a hill, eat 'Beaver Tails', do dog sleigh, see ice sculpture, etc...
Held on Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2003 in 2003.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Magiciens d'hiver Loto-Québec every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Skating and sledding every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tube sliding evenings: Fridays and Saturdays during La Fête from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Classification: Skiing/Snowboarding , Watching Sports , Photography , Site Seeing
Montreal is a city that during the summer months, is never without a festival or some sort of a celebration taking place. Whether it's the Jazz Fest Festival, Film Festival, "Just pour rire" Festival (Just for Laughs)....you can bet the locals are out grooving to whatever the given beat at the moment.
You can be dropped into the middle of the city and before you do a 180, there's something happening.
Ahhh, the Quebeccers - and the Canadians in general - do love their summer months!
The dance of the lights, music, beautiful people and typical food!!! :)))))
Montreal is a real party in the winter whenm this day comes. The Festival of Lights. They simply close one of the main streets of the city, Sainte Catherine and the whole city comes to celebrate this winter event!
This is me eating with PLEASURE the maple stick!!! There must be a french name for this, but my french is sooooo poor!;)
If you're in town during the Chinese Dragonboat Race Festival, Nuits d'Afrique, or Les Francofolies Montreal, you must check them out. Nuits d'Afrique had a lot of funky things to buy as souvenirs for your friends. The music festival has music styles for every ear, and even if you don't know French you'll still have fun.
Check out a calendar of Montreal's summer festivals before you go. Seems to be something going on every weekend in the summer. I went to 5 festivals during my 2 weekends there, and all but one of them were free.
Whenever you're in town, there's a festival going on. Color full, cultural, festive, animated, fun! My favorites are the Francopholies (end of july and beginning of august) with french music from around the world, Just for Laugh (middle of july), Jazz festival (end of june and beggining of july) and the St-Jean parade and fiesta (june 24) for the Quebec day! But all year round, even during winter, you'll find something!
This african music festival gather bands from the caribean and the french speaking african countries ( northern and western Africa ). Here, people were learning dances at 1 o'clock.