Montreal winter simply isn't complete without a trip (or 10) to Parc Jean-Drapeau for some childlike fun. And the park just released its program for this snowy season, which is taking place from December 18, 2021, to March 6, 2022.
This iconic park is hosting activities for cyclists, cross-country skiers, nature lovers, hikers — basically, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The park specified in a press release that "While the help of Mother Nature will be needed to set up some of the activities, current forecasts are, fortunately, calling for a mild, snowy winter!"
And you'll be able to try something new at Parc Jean-Drapeau this winter. "As one of the new features this year, Espace 67 boasts an impressive Skaters’ Trail, a 500-metre long layout presented by Radio Canada," the press release read. So you'll be able to lace up your skates and wander through a new trail both during the day and in the evening. At night, the trail is going to be illuminated, and on certain nights, you'll find DJs there blasting tunes while everyone glides around.
Near this new trail, the free slide area that we all know and love is going to be making an appearance again.
At the park, visitors can explore three cross-country ski trails including ones on Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame and "an 800-metre practice trail with workshops held by Ski de fond Montréal."
You'll also be able to bike, snowshoe, hike and check out three unique exhibitions at the museum all winter long.
We often think we have to go on a road trip from Montreal to have some proper winter fun, but we shouldn't forget that there are always a million and one activities to do right here in the city.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Grab your winter jacket and snow pants and enjoy a ski or snowshoe session at Montreal's Parc Frédéric-Back, all for free! With temperatures plummeting and snow piles rising, now is the time to get out and experience some of the city's best winter activities.
Cultural institution TOHU is offering free equipment rentals at the park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until March 6 (weather depending). Visitors can pick up skis, snowshoes and even winter kites on a first-come-first-served basis and explore 9 kilometres of trails.
Lounge chairs and those mysterious spheres dotting the park's vast snowy fields offer opportunities for rest and some great photo-ops.
The ski and snowshoe rental counter is located on rue Paul-Boutet. Renters can take out equipment for a maximum of two hours. TOHU requests that visitors wait outside the rental station until an employee comes out to help.
Guests are also invited to bring their own winter equipment, as wait times can vary and availability is limited.
Although rentals are free, fees may apply for any damages to the equipment or if the return time exceeds the two-hour limit, TOHU warns.
Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
Why You Need To Go: Restaurants also need a pick-me-up right now. If you order takeout or delivery, not only do you support local eateries during a tough time, but you get to enjoy delicious food while you do it!
Address: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Plants and flowers have been known to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Although Espace pour la vie had to close its museums due to government restrictions, the Botanical Garden's outdoor areas remain open. Can't handle the cold? Lufa Farms offers free virtual tours of its Ahuntsic rooftop greenhouse each week.