Just a heads up for all of the lovers out there: Valentine's Day is around the corner. Before you even know it, the big day will be here, and you'll have to whip together a special date for you and your significant other at the last minute.
Why You Need To Go: Speaking of the most romantic area of the city, just strolling through the streets of the Old Port and wandering among its charming streetscapes is enough to make this a Valentine's Day to remember.
Why You Need To Go: There's nothing quite as exciting as heading on a spontaneous adventure with your person. Whether it's a weekend at Mont-Tremblant, a visit to Les Chutes Montmorency, or a romantic trip to Quebec City, the options that'll keep the spark alive are endless.
Why You Need To Go: People come to Montreal for a romantic getaway — why shouldn't Montrealers do the same? Whether you're strolling through the Parc Olympique, enjoying the view at Mont-Royal, or paying a visit to the Quartier des Spectacles, your V-Day is bound to be a success.
Why You Need To Go: It's no surprise that chocolate is one of the key elements of Valentine's Day, so what better way to show a loved one that you care about them than with some delicious chocolates as beautiful and exquisite as these.
Go cross-country skiing and explore an alien landscape
This Montreal Park Has Free Weekend Ski & Snowshoe Rentals This WinterChantal Levesque | Courtesy of TOHU
Price: Free on weekends; equipment available on a first-come-first-served basis
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until March 6, 2022
Address: Parc Frédéric-Back, Montreal, QC (equipment rental counter on rue Paul-Boutet)
Why You Need To Go: Local organization TOHU is offering free weekend cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals in Parc Frédéric-Back. Grab some skis and head out on a romantic stroll among the park's famous alien-like orbs on the weekend before Valentine's Day.
Just a couple of months to go until Montreal gets its own real-life Bridgerton ball, transforming a local venue into Regency-era London. While much remains to be seen — such as which guests will win the queen's favour — we now know exactly where the event will take place.
True to the elegant and regal ballrooms featured on the hit Netflix show, Montreal's "The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience" will be held at Le Windsor Ballrooms (formerly known as the Windsor Hotel), located near Dorchester Square on rue Peel.
The Regency era, during which the show is set, was the period from 1811 to 1820 — not too long, relatively speaking, before the Windsor Hotel was built in 1878.
According to the website, the venue features two "Victorian-style French renaissance ballrooms," separated by a long marble alley. "The rich architectural detail will surely transport you back to another era," it says.
But the ambiance of the ballrooms is not the only thing that will make you think you're in another time and place. The immersive experience includes actors dressed in period costumes, dance performances, cocktails, a string quartet playing music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack, acrobatic performances, romantic love stories and interactive moments based on the series.
These details alone could likely make you feel like a Bridgerton cast member, interacting with elite members of high society, but it's also worth noting that this isn't the Windsor's first brush with royalty. It's hosted actual royals in the past.
For instance, a state banquet was held to honour King George VI and Queen Elizabeth — who were staying at the hotel — in 1939. In 1951, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the hotel, appearing twice on the hotel balcony "to respond to the crowd who had come to welcome them," according to the Windsor website.
"The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience" is set to open on January 29 and run until March 6. Tickets are on sale now. You must be at least 17 years old to attend.
Address: Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, Maisonneuve Market, etc.
Why These Make Good Date Spots: Markets are full of things to do no matter the season — cheese tasting, flower spotting, window shopping — making them perfect spots to spend a few hours with someone you're into.