- The winter blues are here, so MTL Blog decided to make a list of happy things to do in Montreal that will help revamp your spirits.
- Find out what things you can do in and around our city to help you forget the miserable weather below!
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.
Take A Walk In Van Gogh's Footsteps
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.
Sip A Coffee While Haning Out With Cats Café Chat L'Heureux
Where: 172 Avenue Duluth E.
Cost: Filtered coffee: $2.95
When the weather gets you down, head to one of Montreal's cat cafes where you can sip a coffee while surrounded by rescue cats.
Have A Drink On A Indoor Terrasse
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Surround yourself with nature from the comfort of the indoors. Montreal has tons of indoor spots where you can grab a drink and feel like you're relaxing in a garden.
Walk an Alpaca
Where: 2300 Rue Cowie, Granby
Cost: $15 for 20 minutes
Until December 31 you can rent an alpaca to take on a fifteen-minute stroll through the woods. It's about an hour and a half from Montreal, so you can get some time out of the city.
Try Indoor Surfing
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.
Spend The Evening At Noël Dans Le Parc
Drink a Unicorn Latte
Cost: $7.50 plus tax
Where: Petit Lapin: 1051 Ave. Bernard
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.
Spend The Day Playing Games At The Arcade 2000
Where: 1381 Saint-Catherine St W
Cost: Depends on how much you want to play
Head over to Laval and spend the day playing over 80 games like pinball, air table hockey, dance battles. It's like an instant time travel back to your childhood. The official opening is December 5.
Hopefully at least one of these will help ease that winter slump.