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16 Things To Do In Montreal This Winter That Won't Cost You A Dime

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16 Things To Do In Montreal This Winter That Won't Cost You A Dime

Fingers crossed (if you're not a winter person), that there are only two more real winter months before spring slowly rears its slushy head. If you haven't had a chance, or yearning, to take advantage of the snowy days you still have some time to pack in all those wintry things in the coming weeks. With the holidays finally over and bank accounts often still suffering, we took a look at things to do in Montreal this winter that won't cost you a dime. 

Wintry can have different meanings, some people automatically think of pink-cheeked, outdoor activities, while others like the excuse to stay warm and cozy indoors. Don't worry, there is something free in Montreal for everyone.

From axe throwing in Laval and snow yoga on the West Island, to free access to indoor pools and art galleries, this is the list you need when you don't know how to spend your day but want to do a little more than hide under the covers in front of the TV. 

So whether you're an adventurous sort who needs to be outside or more of an indoor cat, here are 18 free wintry things to do in Montreal.

Musical Evenings Skating At Beaver Lake 

When: Every Thursday to Sunday in January and February; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: 2000 Chemin Remembrance; Beaver Lake

Why skate during the day when you can skate at night to the soundtrack of opera tunes or 70s and 80s music? From Thursday to Sunday, the rink at Lac-aux-Castors will have different music themes to keep you company as you skate under the stars.

Learn more!

Go To Laval En Blanc

When: Now through to March

Where: Varies on activity

Head over to Laval to take part in an abundance of free activities like axe throwing, snow sculpting, dog sledding, and fishing. Or just take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the entertainment and live show.

Check out the full lineup!

Go Skiing & Snowshoeing At Frédéric-Back Park


When: From now until March 8

Where: 2345 rue Jarry E

Not only can you borrow equipment free of charge (cross-country skis, snowshoes and even kites) but every Saturday and Sunday there are also free introductory cross-country skiing sessions, and guided snowshoe hikes. Make sure to register to save your place.

Take a look at the site for more information!

Try Out Snow Yoga 

When: Sundays, January 12 - March 22; 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m

Where: 10905 rue Basile-Routhier; Parcours Gouin

Why not give #yoganeige a try this year? Make sure you dress in warm layers and get ready to stretch in the cold outdoors.

Check out the Facebook page!

Take Yourself On An Outside Only Art Tour 

When: Anytime

Where: Check out the routes below

Montreal prides itself on its huge art scene - both indoors and out. Not only is it completely free but it's a great way to check out the city and to get a different perspective than the summer months.

Get detailed tour routes here!

Go For A Swim

When: Specific days/times during the week

Where: Multiple locations

If you want to get a little feeling of summer on a cold day, check out the YMCA open swim times which is free for all residents of Montreal.

Check out the schedules and locations here!

Check Out Some Dinosaurs 

When: Anytime

Where: 859 rue Sherbrooke O

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

You've done the outdoor thing, maybe you need some time indoors with heat. Check out the Redpath museum, because, dinosaurs. Admission is by donation, suggested donation for adults is $10 but if you're a student, no donation is expected.

Check it out here!

Winter Hike Through Mount Royal 

Where: Mount Royal

When: Anytime

Mount Royal is just sitting in the middle of the city begging to be hiked, skied, or snowshoed. Bundle up, grab a friend and a thermos and spend a few hours walking the paths of Montreal's most famous mountain.

Take a look at the website!

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Visit Les Jardineries

When: January 18 to March 8; 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: 4141 ave Pierre-de Coubertin; Olympic Park

Get ready to head over to the Olympic Park, which has a ton of free activities from January 18 well into March. Sip a cup of hot chocolate in a chalet, be a kid again and enjoy the mini-slides or just take in all of the action.

Check out the Facebook event page!

Take Part In The Most Fashionable Hockey Game Ever With WRG

When: January 24 - 26

Where: 509 rue Charlevoix

Dress up in your finest 20s era clothing and get ready for a weekend of hockey (make sure to register if you want to play), live music, food trucks, craft cocktails, skating, and more.

Take a look at all of the details!

Workout With Cardio Raquette 

When: January 26; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: 550 Place de la Fontaine, Verdun

Why not take your workout outdoors? Enjoy a free 60-minute interval training combining muscular and cardiovascular exercises at Parc de la Fontaine. Bring your own snowshoes or there are loans on site.

Click for more info!

Take In Some Local Art At The Belgo Building

When: Check the site for more details

Where: 372 rue Sainte-Catherine O

The Belgo is home to over 30 galleries and artist lofts, you could spend the entire day here and not have a chance to visit all of the artists. And if you happen to be there during a gallery opening, which is usually Thursday and Friday nights, you may be able to enjoy a free glass of wine.

Check out the artists!

Enjoy The Last Night of Luminothérapie - Pop!

When: Now until January 26

Where: Les Rues Jeanne-Mance & Balmoral; Place des Festivals

The art playground at Quartiers des Spectacles is coming to an end before we know it! This is your last chance to call, talk or sing to the five monoliths in order to release a creature who's ready to put on a show for you.

For more information on how it works!

Soak Up The Views at Belvédère Kondiaronk

When: Anytime

Where: 1196 Voie Camillien-Houde

Take a quiet moment to look out over the city while it's still covered in snow. The view is one of the best for the Montreal skyline but on weekends you may be fighting others for an unobstructed view.

For more info!

Take A Winter Road Trip

When: Anytime

Where: Anywhere

Why not jump in a car, turn on the music, and just drive. The length is up to you - thirty minutes up to a couple of hours. You get to enjoy the winter scenery but from the comfort of a warm car.

Check out perfect road trip spots!

Watch Groundhog Day In French

When: January 31; 7p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: 475 blvd De Maisonneuve E.; BAnQ Grande Bibliothèque

Movies at a library - why not? What's more wintry than watching the cult favourite "Groundhog Day"? No reservations are required but get there early for your chance for one of the only 25 seats.

Check it out here!

What's your favourite way to spend a winter day?

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