Yes, we know, winter is pretty much the worst, especially these days what with the ice storm revival going on. But winter can be fun (in moderation of course) provided there are fun activities to distract you from it and it's not getting in the way of, you know, your daily functions.
As we live in what is known as an arctic climate, we shouldn't be too surprised when temperatures drop, the snow piles on, and we basically go into deep-freeze mode for what seems like an eternity. There's no denying that winter is literally the bane of every Montrealers existence, but embracing it can actually be rather invigorating when enjoyed outside of the city, and here are a few places to do it.
As we slowly prepare for the upcoming ski season, most of us are likely trying to plan out which slopes to hit this winter, which is why we figured knowing Condé Nast Traveler's "Top 5 Ski Resorts in Canada: Readers' Choice Awards 2021" could help provide some inspiration.
When we think of the best mountains in Canada, we typically imagine places in Alberta — or at least that side of the country.
But, turns out two Quebec ski resorts made the Top 5 list for fan favourites.
Mont-Tremblant took the #4 spot, which is always Quebec's claim to fame during the ski season.
The lesser-known mountain that made it into the ranking is Le Massif de Charlevoix which, if you haven't had the chance to visit yet, is definitely worth a trip to once the snow hits.
To top off your winter bucket list, add this free holiday village in Ontario, which is well worth the nearly seven-hour road trip from Montreal. It'll make you feel like you've been transported into a Christmas story among the 3 million colourful lights.
The Winter Festival of Lights is back for its 39th edition with its 8-kilometre-long route through the city of Niagara Falls.
The light installations will be in place from November 13, 2021, to February 21, 2022, for 101 nights of magic where you can go for a walk without paying a penny.
This edition is divided into two parts: The first will take place until January 9 with 3D animal structures and installations related to the holidays. After that, the focus will be on winter wonders and the festival of love with new paintings.
Since the location is about seven hours from the city, it's the perfect opportunity to reserve a weekend with your favourite person to enjoy the attraction. The falls and the course will be illuminated from 5 p.m. to midnight, every day including holidays.
Winter Festival Of Lights
Address: 6815, ave. Stanley, Niagara Falls, ON
When: November 13, 2021-February 21, 2022
Why You Need To Go: To experience the beauty of all the lights in one of Canada's most popular cities.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.