As you can see from the snow storms that have been hitting the US over the weekend, not all cities are as prepared for winter as Montreal. In this city, we've just become experts at dealing with the snow and the cold. Life doesn't stop when the snow starts falling, in fact it barely slows down at all.
We have just as many festivals and activities in the winter months as we do in the summer and other than the fashion choices, not much changes. If you still don't believe me, just check these 8 reasons why a Montreal winter is better than yours.
Best Snow Removal
Winter is a lot easier to deal with when your city isn't paralyzed by snow. So having one of the biggest snow removal fleets in the world definitely helps. Montreal's snow removal budget is about $150,000,000 a year so we're more than ready to face the worst storms. We're so good, we teach other cities how to manage snow removal. In Montreal we're in charge, not the snow.
Too Many Winter Activities
Yes, there are TOO many winter activities in Montreal. There's a ton of fun things to do at Fete des Neiges, but there's also Montreal en Lumiere, Igloofest, Cheesefest, Underground Art Fest and Domesicle. We even have an awesome winter spa in the Old Port for those who don't want to deal with the cold.
Most Mild Weather In Years
As if Montreal's weather wasn't already easy to put up with, this year we were blessed with a very late start to the winter. And now that it's actually underway, it's really not that bad. The days are already getting longer and it looks like we won't have a brutally cold and endless winter like last year.
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All Of Our Food Is Comfort Food
When the days are short and the nights are long, seasonal affective disorder becomes very real. But luckily living in Montreal means you always have easy access to amazing comfort food. I'm pretty sure poutine cures colds (though I have no scientific proof to back me up) which is impressive considering it has no nutritional value. If you want to cheer someone up, just surprise them with bag of warm, freshly made bagels, works every time.
All Other Winters Seem Easy To Deal With
Remember last year's winter? It was basically -30°C from December to April. Winters like those have a way of making you immune to the cold. I noticed this yesterday as I was having eating an ice cream cone while smoking a cigarette on my balcony. Did I mention I was only wearing a hoodie and jeans? I think we might all be superheroes.
We may be living in the city, but we also have a freaking mountain right there in the middle of it. We have sledding, skating, cross country skiing, and a beautiful view of the snowy city. If there's one thing you need to qualify as the best winter city, it's a big-ass mountain.
One of the best parts of winter in Montreal is that most people go into hibernation mode. This means that you won't be dealing with the massive crowds you normally encounter in the summertime. You'll get seated faster when you go for Sunday brunch and the only lines that get longer are the Tim Hortons drive-through lines.
Even if you can't stand the cold and the snow, Montreal is still the best place to be. That's because you can exist in complete denial and avoid the snow all winter long. You can spend a day shopping downtown, catch a movie, visit a museum and even grab some groceries, all while barely ever having to step outside.