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.
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
You can even filter through different brands, formulas, skin types and ratings which is a huge time-saver. Now that your skin looks amazing, you can get back to doing all your favourite winter activities feeling comfortable and confident.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
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.