When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Address: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour out of town, it's hardly a drive but you'll still feel like you're far far away. Check out the last weekend of this breathtaking hot air balloon festival before it's too late.
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.
Hey nerds, bookworms, casual readers, people who buy books just to fill shelf space and everyone in between. A book market is coming to downtown Montreal this week and organizers promise a selection of 30,000 titles.
The best part: all items will be between $1 and $10.
The mega sale is going down at the Grande Bibliothèque of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Profits will benefit the Amis de BAnQ, the non-profit that supports the institution.
Everything from novels, children's books and biographies to travel guides and recipe books will be up for grabs. There will also be documentaries and "several thousand CDs" for sale, according to the event page.
The BAnQ says the stock of materials "will be renewed every hour, every day," so you need not worry about missing out if you're not among the hordes of book enthusiasts who will no doubt line up to be among the first to gain access to the event.
"There will be gems to find until the very last day," the event page promises.
The book market will accept payments by card in addition to cash. The event page warns that it's BYOB: bring your own bags.
The Grande Bibliothèque is located at the corner of rue Berri and boulevard de Maisonneuve. The sale will take place in room M-425, which, according to an online floor plan, is on the library's lower level near the entrance to the metro.
The book market is open from December 9 to 11. Get all the details below.
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: There aren't many weeks left of the museum's 100-day celebration of its 100th birthday, so be sure to experience some of the city's best art and culture collections while they're still free.
Why You Need To Go: This Nutella pump has the potential to be a serious weekend highlight. It may seem too good to be true, but you can test that theory by checking it out for yourself. Your tastebuds will thank you.