- Here are 10 indoor things to do in Montreal to avoid the cold.
- If you're sick of just grabbing drinks and food, try one of these activities!
It seems as though everyone is looking for fun, wintry things to do in Montreal. The problem is that most of those activities are outside. I am someone who can tolerate limited amounts of time in the cold and, as a consequence, I spend most of the winter indoors.
Luckily, our city is built for the winter. There are plenty of indoor activities to keep us warm and entertained during the cold months.
In addition to the underground tunnels that weave through much of downtown and the countless bars and restaurants where you can stay toasty with a nice cocktail, more engaging activities abound!
Some of the items on this list are popular, tried-and-true staples, others a little less known.
There is nothing wrong with embracing winter from inside and using the cold as an excuse to explore all the indoor adventures that Montreal has to offer.
From physical challenges to activities that will stimulate your senses, our city has it all and best of all it is all indoors.
Practice Your Golf Skills At Mini Putt
Where: 1259 Rue Guy; Putting Edge Downtown
Putting Edge is an indoor mini-golf course downtown. The neon-lit paths make for a thrilling experience away from the cold.
Experience The Phi Centre
Where: 407 Rue Saint-Pierre
The Phi Centre is a multipurpose venue inspired by arts and culture. Throughout the year there are concerts, film screenings, and several exhibitions to experience, even during the cold of winter.
If you are looking to have a cultural experience that does not involve snow, check out the Phi Centre.
Feel Like A Kid At HideSeek
Where: 4301 Rue St-Denis
HideSeek has extended its stay, giving Montrealers the chance to feel like a kid again for a little longer.
One of the most Instagrammable activities in the city, HideSeek is a great way to get out of the house and stay warm at the same time.
Explore Space At The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Where: 4801 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin
This is your chance to get close to the sun during the dreaded months of winter.
Located in the Espace pour la Vie near the Olympic Stadium, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is a great spot to explore during the winter.
If you love outer space and want to learn more about it, this is the “space” for you!
Stroll Through A Barbie Expo
Where: 1455 Rue Peel; Les Cours Mont-Royal
Located in downtown Montreal, this free expo is home to thousands of unique Barbie dolls. From celebrity-inspired dolls to couture-designed Barbies this toy haven is a great way to warm up your winter.
And, as a bonus, you can take the metro directly into the mall so that you can avoid the outside completely!
Enjoy A Thrilling Day At DodgeBow
Where: 4767 Rue Dagenais #202
DodgeBow is a physical challenge and highly satisfying. There's nothing like shooting arrows at your friends to heat you up and release some winter angst.
Challenge Yourself At An Escape Room
Where: 4560B Blvd. St-Laurent; A/Maze Le Plateau
This group mental challenge is a great way to spend a cold day. There are a few A/Maze few locations in Montreal, so be sure to check the website to see which one is closest to you!
Atrium le 1000
Where: 1000 Rue de la Gauchetière O.
Ice skating is one of the most romantic and fun winter activities. And, although there are a ton of rinks outside, Atrium le 1000 offers the same experience, only indoors.
There are also a ton of restaurants in the complex so that you can stay warm and full throughout your day!
Explore The Greenhouses At The Botanical Garden
Where: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E.
Enjoy the beauty of the Montreal Botanical Gardens from the warmth of the large greenhouses, each with its own theme and plants.
These are no regular greenhouses. There are waterfalls, winding paths, and even some architectural features.
Check out the greenhouses and their opening hours here!
Experience Van Gogh's Work
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art, 2020 Rue William
If you are looking for something that will impress, move, and inspire you then the Van Gogh exhibition is for you.
Stroll through Van Gogh’s mind in this interactive experience. You don’t want to wait too long as this is not a permanent exposition.
Stay warm out there!