There are two kinds of people in this word: people who take advantage of February and people who stay inside for a month and hibernate. I believe to truly enjoy this sometimes rough month, you have to strike a careful balance between the two.
The city knows that February can be particularly unforgiving for Montrealers, so we have several festivals, shows, and events lined up to brighten up the month. Wether you're hitting up Igloo Fest with your friends, sampling some exquisite cheese at Montreal Cheese Fest, or bringing the whole family to Fetes Des Neiges, there is something for everyone in February.
Over the next few pages we will highlight some of the key events going on in Montreal. Also, giving you some inspiration for how to spend a fun night indoors with your S/O or a group of friends. Make the most of hibernation time before the warm spring air blows into town.
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Grab a warm bowl of Pho at Pho Bang New York in China Town
Nothing like a big toasty bowl of Pho to warm the heart and soul during the deep winter months. It's also ridiculously cheap, making it an excellent option for a group hang.
Stuff your face at Korean BBQ with the gang
There are a couple Korean BBQ spots across the city. The concept remains constant: each person pays a base price and it's all you can possibly eat. A great way to spend a February evening with a big group of friends.
Enjoy and share a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner with a group of friends in China Town
Little Sheep in China Town specializes in Mongolian Hot Pot. Basically you get a big bowl of bubbling and spiced broth in the middle of your table and you get to select all the items that go inside from a buffet of options. Yummy.
Spend an afternoon eating Dim Sum at Maison Kam Fung in China Town
Can you tell I like to eat in China Town? Maison Kam Fung specializes in Dim Sum. It's basically a buffet on wheels. Doesn't get much better than that. Especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Indulge in traditional Swiss Fondu at Restaurant Apenhaus in Downtown
Restaurant Alpenhaus specializes in traditional swiss cheese fondu. This is mega indulgent and fun activity for two or a big group, especially during those cold February nights.
Escape the frigid air and visit Restaurant Khyber Pass for traditional Afghan dishes
This BYO spot is beautifully decorated. It feels warm and inviting, almost as much as the food. Enjoy and indulge in some delicious traditional dishes that will fill you up and leave you happy and satisfied.
Enjoy a night of Japanese treats and drinks at Kinka Izakaya
Kinka Izakaya and all the other Izakayas across Montreal are a great way to bring together all the friends for a evening of eating and drinking. For a good time, order a couple rounds of Sake Bombs and you'll be singing out loud in no time.
Visit Jean Talon for some delicious Indian food at Punjab Palace
Punjab Palace - and many other Indian spots on Jean Talon are BYO - making it a great way to eat a affordable, filling and delicious meal. Nothing hits the spot like a warm curry on a late February evening.
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Visit Beaver Lake for a number of fun winter activities
Beaver Lake is in the middle of the Parc Mont Royal and is a great place to go for fun outdoor winter activities such as skating, sledding or cross-country skiing. There is something for everyone on the mountain. Best part, it's practically free!
Check out Tyler, The Creator show at MTELUS
For two music-lovers, going to check out a show is always a great date idea. This month Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples are coming to town. Check out the link for all the details!
Go tubing at Mont Avila, only 1 hour outside Montreal!
Mont Avila is one of the hills around the Montreal area that offer tubing, for a really reasonable price. It's a great day trip and an awesome way to spend an afternoon enjoying the snow and outdoors.
Buy your tickets for Igloo Fest now and spend the weekend enjoying international artist
Igloo fest is a great way for music-lovers to get together. It's a truly unique music festival experience that everyone should try at least once. All the ticket info at the link above!
Hit up the biggest indoor karting centre at Action 500
Plan a date night at Action 500. Not only do they have indoor carting but paintball and lazer tag as well - depending on the location. Check out the link for all the info!
Visit an iSaute for a fun date idea
iSaut is an extreme indoor trampoline park. It's not only for kids, though! It's a super original date idea too. Little tip: make sure to wear comfortable clothes and avoid eating a big meal before.
Enjoy a classy brunch date at Boxermans in Outremont
It's important to slow down in February, no better way to do that then enjoying a fancy brunch in Outremont. Why not try Boxermans? A new and beautiful space on Avenue Van Horne.
For the ultimate trust test spend an afternoon at Allez Up
For the active and adventurous couples, indoor rock climbing can be a fun way to spend an afternoon. This activity is physically and mentally challenging, making it a super unique date idea.
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Check out Concordia Vs Mcgill: The Movie!
Mcgill and Concordia have forever been rival schools in Montreal. Shot and produced in Montreal, this film has been the passion project of a Concordia and McGill students in creating the quintessential film to capture the lives of students in Montreal.
Enjoy Fetes Des Neiges at Parc Jean Drapeau this February
This is a great outdoor festival for a day date or the whole family. It's been running for 35 years, so you know it's gotta be fun! Check out the link above for all the details.
Enjoy Montreal's staple winter festival Montreal En Lumiere throughout February
Montreal En Lumiere has been running every February for 18 years now! It's a city-wide festival that brings together different types of culturally-driven events in and around the city. See the link above for all the details!
Attend the Montreal Cheese Festival at Les Jardineries
Who doesn't love cheese? Montreal is hosting a cheese festival bringing together the biggest cheese purveyors in the city. For a small entry fee you can sample all kinds of regional cheese and beverages for an afternoon of eating and fun.
Spend an evening at the massive arcade in the Forum de Montréal
The Forum isn't just a movie theatre, it's a multiplex of fun indoor activities such as bowling, air hockey, pool and classic arcade games. They also have a snack and drink bar to fuel the fun. It's a super fun way to spend a winter evening.
Spend an evening indoor bowling at Salon De Quilles Darling
Indoor bowling is the perfect winter activity. It's cheap, fun and there is usually a bar located in every bowling alley. You can pass by for one game or stay all night and make it tournament.
Spend an evening playing indoor mini put right downtown!
Putting edge - an indoor mini putting - is located in downtown Montreal. This is a great date idea or a fun night for a group of friends. All the info in the link above!
Spend an afternoon at Montreal's only indoor recreational air gun sports center
Tir Du Soleil is an in indoor air gun range. All the fun of shooting real guns at a fraction of the price and conveniently located in Cotes-Des-Neiges. An entry-level hour of shooting only cost $14.95 too.
Take a walk down to the Old Port and visit Marche Bonsercours
Marche Bonsecour is a iconic building of the Montreal Old Port, it's also a local artisan market, with tons of vendors selling regional crafts and goodies from all around the province. It's a fun and inexpensive way to spend the afternoon.
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Treat yourself and visit Balnea Spa right outside Montreal
Balnea Spa is located a short drive outside Montreal in the Eastern Townships. It's a great way to treat yourself on the weekend. Treat only yourself or head down with a bunch of friends, either way, you will leave feeling fuelled and relaxed.
Take advantage of winter and rent an Air BnB in the country
It's chalet season! Whether you want to take a romantic getaway for two or head up with a big group of friends and call it a party - Air BnB has all kinds of beautiful rentals available in the country, for every price point as well.
Take a short weekend trip and visit Quebec City
Quebec city is a beautiful city - like going to Europe but without breaking the bank. It's even more beautiful in winter. Only a 3 hour drive and also surrounded by some beautiful ski hills like Mont Saint Anne. The perfect winter get away.
Enjoy a "staycation" book a night at one of Montreal's beautiful boutique hotels
A great way to treat yourself is to spend an evening a room in a hotel room; escape your apartment for a night. Montreal has some beautiful and historic hotels and new boutique hotels as well. There are many to choose from and treat yourself to.
Visit the traditional Hamman at Rain Spa in the Old Port Of Montreal
Rain Spa in the Old Port of Montreal is one of the few spas in Montreal that houses a traditional turkish Hammam. This is a great - and surprisingly affordable way - to melt away the cold February air.
Treat yourself to a high-end brunch at Le Blumenthal in downtown Montreal
When sausage and eggs just won't cut it anymore, treat yourself to some elevated bunch in the heart of the entertainment district of Montreal. Le Blumenthal boasts jaw-dropping decor and delicate and modern brunch dishes. Yum Yum.
Visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa and spend the day skating on the canal
Skating on the canal in Ottawa is a quintessential Canadian winter activity. If you've never done it before, now is your chance. Ottawa is only 90 minutes away from Montreal and is definitely worth the short drive.
Take a drive through Montebello Quebec for wildlife sightings
Montebello is a beautiful region of Quebec, located a short drive outside of Montreal. It's known for it's wildlife and luxury hotels. Driving through the backroads you're almost guaranteed to spot a majestic animal passing by. You are in it's home.
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Enjoy Nuit Blanche in Montreal in February
Nuit Blanche means white night in French; loosely translates to "all-nighter". In collaboration with Montreal en Lumiere during Nuit Blanche weekend the metro will be open all night, along with other city-wide art exhibits, shows, and activities. The official program will be released on February 13th!
Visit Expo Yoga 2018 at Palais De Congres
Calling all Yoga-lovers. Palais De Congres in the Old Port will be hosting a Yoga Expo on February 10th. Visit the link above for all the related info!
Spend time discovering the underground city
Montreal is truly unique because you can walk from one end of downtown to the other without feeling a draft of cold air. This is a truly unique feature of urban Montreal. Take time to explore all the tunnels and unique shops of the underground city.
Visit MAC museum for half-priced Wednesdays this February
The Museum of Contemporary Art has a special that is almost free - every Wednesday you can enter the museum and see the special exhibit at half price. Not bad, not bad at all.
Stay in for a fun board game night with friends
Board game night is always a great winter night activity. Cards Against Humanity is one of my favs and it's totally open source. At the link above you can download and print the entire game for free! Yes, FREE!
Have some winter fun at Montreal biggest park - Parc Jarry
Parc Jarry is a great spot for taking advantage of the snow and all the fun winter activities that come along with it. You can toboggan, snowshoe or just make snow angels, whatever floats your boat.
Invite your friends over for Mexican-themed taco night
Nothing like staying warm in February - dinner parties are the best way to do that. Take it to the next level - make it a THEMED dinner party. Now, you truly have a night to remember. Blast some reggaeton, devour some tacos, and of course- sip a strong margarita. Instantly melt away the February cold.
Hands-down everybody's favourite way to spend a cold February night with a good old-fashioned Netflix marathon. There are so many amazing shows released this winter. Gotta watch 'em all!