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.
Skiing and snowboarding can be expensive, time-consuming pastimes: It can be hard to carve out the time to practice new tricks and monthly passes can be costly. Luckily, Laval has is opening a new snowpark on Saturday – and the best part is, it's totally free.
The snowpark will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m starting Saturday, January 22. Skiers and snowboarders must make free reservations in advance on the Laval website for two-hour time slots. Keep in mind that reservations might be cancelled in the event of bad weather.
Changing rooms are currently closed for sanitation reasons, so you'll have to get ready outside, using the available tables and benches. There are no equipment rentals, so be sure to bring your own gear.
This is just the most recent of Laval's free outdoor amenities. Laval also offers free access to ice skating, hockey rinks, walking paths, cross-country skiing trails, a snow maze for children, and sledding hills. Many of these activities require reservations and your own equipment, so be sure to plan ahead. And always follow the rules and safety guidelines listed on the Laval website.
Despite the current cold snap, it looks like the last week of January will be a great time to get out and enjoy the snow. Sunday, January 23 is expected to be reach minus 8 C, and the following week should be within the average range for this time of year. Windchill may continue to be an issue, though, so bundle up.
Cold weather and COVID-19 can't take away all of our fun. Despite the provincial government announcing a slew of new health measures, outdoor activities remain open for business, which means you can still glide your way across this massive sledding and tubing park located about an hour outside Montreal.
Glissades des Pays d'en Haut — which offers 61 trails, 15,000 lifts per hour, five types of sleds, 13 sliding zones, four difficulty levels and 80 metres of vertical drop — is the perfect place to embrace the winter spirit. As a bonus, it's open seven days a week and lights up after dark.
'"The artificial snowmaking that started at the beginning of November, as well as our enormous snow production capacity, allowed us to take advantage of all of Mother Nature's cold spells, in order to offer our clientele an incomparable site at the beginning of this sliding season!" the Domaine des Pays d'en Haut team said in a statement.
Glissades des Pays d'en Haut's five different sled options are: bobsleighs, vortex360s, rafts, tornados, and regular snow tubes.
The snow tubes are likely the most familiar-looking and are designed for all levels while the tornados, which fit two to eight people, and vortex360s, which fit two to six people, are for expert-level sliders, spinning themselves as they descend.
Rafts can fit the most people — up to 12 — and are intermediate level while bobsleighs, also intermediate, look comparable to what you might see in the Olympics... but you won't go quite as fast.
If you plan to go to the park, you should dress warmly and bring your vaccine passport. Helmets and goggles are available to rent but, due to COVID-19 measures, you can only access the chalet to warm up and use the restrooms.
You can buy your ticket online in advance. A daily ticket for an adult starts at $26 for two hours of regular tubing.
Les Glissades des pays d'en haut
Price: Daily tickets for adults start at $26 for two hours of regular tubing
When: Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 440, ch. Avila, Piedmont, QC
Why You Need To Go: Have fun and embrace the winter spirit!
Looks like we're going to be extra cold this year. Not only is Igloofest making its grand return to Montreal after a pandemic-related hiatus, but festival organizers also announced the launch of its first-ever edition Quebec City in March 2022.
The lineup for the three-day dance party in the capital includes DJs and bands including KAYTRANADA, Lou Phelps, LOU FRE$H, Rossy, Deathpact, Zeds Dead, gardenstate, Sinca and Above & Beyond.
Igloofest Quebec City will go down at the Place Jean-Béliveau. And though it'll be far removed from the Montreal party atmosphere, organizers say to expect much of the same cool electric vibe, including that famous icy decor and funky stage design.
"Igloofest is back in a big way for its 15th anniversary, and we're celebrating the occasion by holding Igloofest in its original format in Québec City for the first time," Pascal Lefebvre, co-founder and CEO of Multicolore, an Igloofest partner, said in a statement.
"We are animated by our creative collaborations and we are thrilled that they make it possible for us to kick off our Québec City edition with such a strong program. It will be three nights to remember for fans of winter, music and unconventional experiences."
The festival will take place on March 16, 18 and 19, 2022.
Three-day passes are on sale now starting at $84. Single-night tickets will go on sale on December 16 and start at $30 each.
Igloofest Montréal will also once again take over the Old Port from January 13 to February 5, 2022.