I mean diving with both feet into the festive fun that's present throughout the city during this time of the year. And if you have no clue which Christmas events to check out, then worry not. That's what I'm here for.
Old Montreal is easily one of the most beautiful spots the city has to offer, and the charm factor is certainly turned up high during the winter. Now, you have an opportunity to explore it all. You can embark on a scavenger hunt organized by Guidatour and SDC Vieux-Montréal through the stunning streets of Old Montreal, and the best part of it all, it's totally free!
Those who wish to participate are encouraged to layer on their jackets, toques and scarves as they explore the historic district in a walking circuit that includes a "questionnaire, games, and fun challenges," says Guidatour.
The winter activity will be running every Saturday from 1 p.m to 4 p.m until March 5, as well as weekdays during the winter break, from February 28 until March 4.
Along the way, you'll have to decipher mystery photos and objects, solve crosswords and hidden word challenges, and answer questions inspired by Old Montreal's culture and history.
Completing the scavenger hunt will take around 60 minutes, the organizers estimate, and it can be done individually or in groups. The hunt offers both a regular version and a family version, both of which are available in French or English. Guidatour specified that adventurers will depart from Place Royale and eventually end up at Place Jacques-Cartier.
You can arrive at any given time, so long as it falls within an allotted window. A Guidatour host will greet you at both the start and end of the scavenger hunt.
Guidatour's president, Angèle Vermette hopes that "participants will take full advantage of this activity that brings people together to explore Old Montréal and its treasures … all it takes is some warm clothing and you are sure to be charmed and have fun!" she said.
Her plan, self-described as "ambitious," aims to boost what she already says has been the "best economic recovery" in Canada post-pandemic.
But while the economic aspect of downtown is looking positive, "there is still work to be done to enhance our downtown area and make it more attractive to workers, businesses, tourists, and Montrealers from all over the island," according to her party.
If reelected mayor, Plante promises to:
"support the Palais des Congrès expansion project, and consequently the covering of a part of the Ville-Marie highway;"
"offer free parking downtown on evenings and weekends in December to support our merchants during the holiday season;"
"[accelerate] construction sites and [limit] potential nuisances;"
"support the redevelopment of large offices into adequate spaces to accommodate [small and medium enterprises] and start-ups;"
make "a $1 billion investment by 2030 to develop beautiful, large public plazas in downtown, redevelop key commercial arteries and create vibrant living environments;"
"green" downtown by planting 500,000 trees in four years;
and "facilitate the transformation of vacant office space into housing."
The Montreal municipal election is on November 6 and 7.*
Back in February, OASIS immersion, Canada's largest indoor immersive experience, opened and instantly added a burst of colour to the city. It quickly became a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike, which started off by showcasing the exhibit Inspirations. And now, there's an all-new exhibit for you to check out!
MTL Blog got the chance to get a sneak peek of the new exhibit, titled Unwind, which opens to the public on Thursday, October 7.
The space is separated into three different rooms, all with a different purpose. Visitors begin by going through the "Relaxation" room where the digital art provides a sense of peace. They then make their way into the "Stimulation" room where their senses become awakened. The works presented in the final room, "Reconnection," are meant to make one feel reconnected with themselves, others, and nature.
This new immersive experience features 10 works by digital artists from both Quebec and across the globe — and it's an absolute sensory trip.
It takes approximately 75 minutes to experience the entirety of Unwind.
This unique walk-through experience is the exact dose of colour and music that our souls need right now.