11 Montreal Places For The Best Ice Skating This Winter

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11 Montreal Places For The Best Ice Skating This Winter

Guys, it's wintertime. I know, I know: the snow, the cold, and the ice might just make winter a little bit unbearable. But fear not, friends. Winter activities are here to save the day.

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Winter activities like going skating, for example! Skating is actually super fun, and a total hallmark of wintertime. And thankfully for us, Montreal has got tons of awesome spots to go skating.

Get Your Skate On At Atrium Le 1000

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1000 Rue de la Gauchetière O

Although this isn't an outdoor skating spot, this rink is still super magical. Featuring beautiful decorations, lights, and a super fun vibe that cannot be beat, this hidden skating rink is one of the most awesome spots to get your skate on in the city.

Get Your Skate On At The Olympic Stadium

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4545 Pierre-De Coubertin

The only thing more fun than a skating rink? A skating rink in Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Big O turns into a beautiful winter village just in time for the holidays, complete with their beautiful, fun outdoor skating rink.

Get Your Skate On At The Old Port

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At this stage in the game, I'm pretty sure we all know about the glorious outdoor skating rink in the Bonsecours Basin of the Old Port. But any skating rink list in Montreal would be incomplete without mentioning it; it's that much of a staple, and it's legit that much fun.

Get Your Skate On At Jarry Park

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Jarry Park is beautiful any time of year, but in the winter, something legit magical happens: everything freezes over, making for one incredibly special and gorgeous skating experience.

Get Your Skate On At Beaver Lake

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Located on Mount Royal, near the chalet and pretty much right in the middle of one of Montreal's most awesome natural spots, Beaver Lake is gorgeous 12 months out of the year. It's particularly special in the wintertime, though, when it turns into a frozen adventure, basically.

Get Your Skate On At Parc Maisonneuve

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Seriously, how much fun is Parc Maisonneuve? During the summer, Parc Maisonneuve is perfect for jogging and biking. In the winter, it turns into a wintertime activity hub, even having iced-over trails for people to go skating on, so you can skate through the park with ease.

Get Your Skate On At Bleu Blanc Et Rouge

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This hockey-themed spot in Montreal's Verdun was created by the Montreal Canadiens' Children's Foundation, and is legit the perfect spot for any avid hockey lover during the winter. So, go ahead, grab some hockey sticks and get turnt... On ice.

Get Your Skate On At Park Lafontaine

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One of The Plateau's most gorgeous spots gets even more awesome during the wintertime, thanks to the huge lake situated in the park which turns into a super fun skating rink once the temperatures drop.

Get Your Skate On At Park Jean-Drapeau

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You might think that Parc Jean-Drapeau is only to be explored during the summer. But I've got news for you, friends: it's even more fun in the winter time. The ice skating rink is more like a huge ice trail, so you can explore the area while you skate!

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Who needs a trip to Italy when you've got a taste of it in Montreal's very own Verdun? In the age of COVID-19, with dining rooms currently closed, we've got you covered on a must-try spot that is bound to fulfill all of your takeaway needs. BOSSA is an Italian restaurant and grocery store that prides itself on being family-run, and their signature sandwiches certainly set them apart.

Located on rue Wellington, BOSSA offers over 20 varieties of hot and cold sandwiches. From their sausage and peppers mix ($11.95) and prosciutto mortadella ($12.95) to their roasted chicken sandwich fixed with pesto, dried tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction ($12.95), you'll be salivating just thinking about it — we certainly are!

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