The most depressing day of the year is said to be January 20 or "Blue Monday." But for some of us, it seems to have started early this year. That Montreal winter slump has already set in. The onset of cold, the shorter days, heading to work when it's dark and then heading home when it's dark can all take its toll on the cheeriest of us. With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at some of the things to do in & around Montreal that might bring a little joy back into our lives over the winter months.
While there are a ton of outdoor things to do like skating in the Old Port, sledding down Tremblant, I decided to leave them off the list for things that take less physical activity.
Yeah, fresh air will do us all good - we've all heard it before - but these days I don't want to do much more than sit in the warmth of my house in PJs, or whatever is one very small step up from that.
Here are eight things to do in and around Montreal that will hopefully help put a little smile back on our faces.
In this immersive exhibit, you'll be able to experience Van Gogh's work like never before. Psychologists say time and time again that art is good for one's soul, so this place is a perfect spot to help raise your spirit.
Where: 9520 Leduc, Suite 01 Brossard, Quartier Dix30
Cost: 30-minute intro starts at $49
This is the only real indoor surf center in Canada. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or expert they have waves for every level - from two to six feet. Grab your shorts and pretend you've escaped to Hawaii for the day.
Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin; Parc Des Compagnons De Saint-Laurent; Parc Lahaie
It may be outside, but you don't have to do much other than bundle up and get ready to have your holiday spirit explode. There are vendors, live music, fire pits, and enough Christmas decorations to help lighten your mood.
They are cute, they're delicious, there's a chance it could make you feel worse about yourself. Everything in Pâtisserie Petit Lapin is like happiness come to life, from the pretty pink decor to the brightly colored drinks.