Parc Jean-Drapeau isn't just for summer fun during Piknik and Osheaga. Montreal's best park for event also has a beautiful winter side, as Parc Jean-Drapeau has been done up for the snowy season for Fête des Neiges. Running every weekend from January 18 to February 9, Fête des Neiges is a real life winter wonderland. There are so many wintery activities to partake in, some of which can only be found at the park. Fête des Neiges isn't just for little kids, either, as adults can have tons of winter fun, and also have the chance to let their inner child loose, and we've compiled a list of the events and activities you'll most enjoy. Don't be stuck making snow angels in your backyard, get to Fête des Neiges for a winter weekend you won't forget.
Where: Begins next to the Biosphere Why: Who doesn't want to experience the rush of winter winds 75 feet above the ground on a line 850 feet in length? Well those who don't can do the smaller (45 feet high, 400 feet length) version. *Requires extra fee
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
The Skater's Trail
Dog Sledding Tours
Where: Pavillion d'Accueil (right out of metro station) Why: If you saw Balto as a kid, you've wanted to go dog sledding ever since. You can learn the basics from a pro, or get taken on a canine-ride throughout the park. Rates vary, check 'em here
Where: Scene Le Glacier Why: Tons of specatcular shows will be held through the many weekends of Fête des neiges, including celebrity singers, DJs, dancers, and professional ice sculptors.
Giant Tube Slide & Ice Slides
Chill Out at the Comfort Zone
Epic Snowball Fights
Where: Left of Complexe Aquatique Why: 2 giant ice fortresses have been set up so you and your friends can partake in some classic winter warfare. Who will conquer the fort?
What are you most excited to do at Fête des Neiges?
Winter is just around the corner and even if you're lamenting the loss of warm sunny days, you can't deny that Montreal knows how to do winter right. From our Christmas markets and extreme weather to our snowy slopes and outdoor rinks, winter in the city is truly magical.
But even though we'relooking forward to winter, we really wanted to hear what you all think. So, we took to Instagram and asked "what are you looking forward to the most about winter?" And you folks didn't disappoint!
We collected close to 200 replies and even though we asked for serious answers only, a lot of you gave us some silly ones. But we forgive you, because one of you reminded us of the simple, yet chaotic pleasure of watching cars slide down an icy hill.
EPIC! Crazy Car Pileup in Montreal. Bus Police and Snowplow!
Here's what Montrealers just like you are looking forward to the most this winter.
An overwhelming number of you were most excited about Christmas and all Christmas-related things. We're talking twinkle lights, we're talking jingle bells, we're talking holiday markets, gift-giving, elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Montreal LOVES Christmas. And is it any wonder why? This city bloody knows how to do Christmas right and goes all out on the holiday cheer.
Love it or hate it, you're gonna see some snow in Montreal this winter (you might even be seeing some right now!). But honestly, it seems like most of you quite enjoy the snow and all the snowy activities that you can enjoy.
A few newcomers to the city said they're looking forward to seeing it covered in white for the first time.
Some of you seem to only hate snow because it makes you look cool.
So our suggestion is to embrace the fluffy stuff and take full advantage of it. Up for a bit of sledding?
While you could theoretically do it all year round, there's something special about ice skating in the winter.
It's one of the most quintessential winter experiences and makes for a perfect date. Montreal is silly with beautiful outdoor skating rinks too, which is probably why so many of you picked skating as your favourite winter activity.
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
You can even filter through different brands, formulas, skin types and ratings which is a huge time-saver. Now that your skin looks amazing, you can get back to doing all your favourite winter activities feeling comfortable and confident.
The people behind Igloofest seem just as excited as us about its return.
"Over four weekends, this abominable snow gang invites all Igloosapiens to enter its den in the heart of Montreal's Old Port to celebrate their 15th anniversary—the perfect opportunity to unleash all that pent-up energy to electro and hip-hop beats. It's the hottestparty in town featuring the famous Igloofest yetis," a press release reads.
And just take a look at all those artists making their way to Montreal this winter. Diplo? Gunna? High Klassified? Ben Böhmer? It's bound to be one heck of a festival.
General tickets go on sale Friday, November 5 at 11 a.m. — don't miss out! You can also already purchase an Igloopass for $170 plus tax, which gives you access to all the festival's shows.
Get your snowsuits ready! The iconic winter festival Igloofest confirmed that it'll be back in action in 2022 — and better than ever.
"How do we make a festival of this magnitude even more legendary? Easy! By inviting true music royalty. So get ready to bust a move with some of the planet's finest during this year's Thursday Hip-Hop Nights," the festival wrote.