Don't get it in your head that all the winter fun ends once the holidays are over. The lead up to Christmas and New Year's is grand, but once 2015 begins, that's when Montreal truly gets into winter wonderland mode. No event brings magic to the season more than the annual celebration of all things wintery known as Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapuea.
Beginning on January 17th and running until Febuary 8th, Fête des neiges will transform Parc Jean-Drapeau into a frosty festival full of fun for all sorts of folks, from kids to adults. Romantic sleigh rides, bouncy castles, and even a few parties are on the Fete des neiges set list, with tons more to do too.
Check out our top ten of what we want to do at Fête des neiges 2015 below.
1. Ride the Tube Slide
Ten lanes of pure fun will be set up for you to rocket down, include two special "Superglisses" lanes and the 4-seater "Trippante" tube.
2. Eat, drink, and dance at Trippe & Bouffe
Each and every Saturday at 4pm, food trucks will be doling out the deliciousness by the Tube Slide, and once night falls, a light show and DJ set will get the food party going. Get all the tasty details here.
3. Turn yourself into a giant human ball
A new feature this year called "Bing Bang Bulle," you can become a psuedo-bubble boy (or girl) and roll 'n wrestle yourselves around.
4. Get Romantic on the Ferris Wheel
Even if you won't be with your SO, reach new heights of winter fun as you get an amazing view of the Montreal downtown area.
5. Skate along river
A refrigerated skating path will be set up right along the St. Lawrence river, which is much more fun than a simple stroll.
6. Travel high speeds on the Zip-line
6 metres high and 77 metres long, you can cruise across the park in one quick (and intense) trip on the Zip-line.
7. Go dogsledding
Make 'em mush at Parc Jean-Drapeau during Fête des neiges, more details here.
8. Class it up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride
Live the lyrics of "Jingle Bells" on a relaxing sleigh ride pulled by a magnificent mare (or stallion).
9. Get fit while cross-country skiing
Winter may not provide many opportunities for physical so capitalize on one of the season's only full-body workouts.
10. Finally go snowshoeing
You know you've thought about it, and now you can, with rentals, tutorials, and routes all provided.
There are also tons of live shows and musical performances to check out that will be ongoing throughout the festivals. Get more details by heading over to the Fete des neiges official event listing here.
In a Facebook post announcing festival dates for 2022, îLESONIQ also announced that it was expanding from two days to three days. That means festival-goers get a whole extra day of DJs and dancing this August.
The popular electronic music festival is set to take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 5 to 7, 2022.
Plus, there's also an "îLESONIQ EN VILLE" event scheduled for August 4.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."