Fete des Neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau!
There is only one weekend left so make sure to go celebrate winter’s frosty delights at the biggest outdoor festival in Montreal. Activities include: tube sliding, ice skating, outdoor shows and lots more.
Feb. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at ÃŽle Sainte-HÃ©lÃ¨ne at Parc Jean-Drapeau, admission is free.
Montreal High Lights Festival en LumiÃ¨re 2011
Now that Igloofest is over, Montrealers need to look forward to something else that can keep us warm on weekends. This year the High Lights Festival runs just in time for Concordia’s Reading Week. From Feb. 17 to 27 at Place Jacques-Cartier, visitors can enjoy live music, art and light shows. Best of all, the festival ends with the much-anticipated Nuit Blanche, an all-nighter filled with music, culture, food and after hours metro service.
Visit www.montrealenlumiere.com for more information and this year’s schedule.
Skating on the Quays in Old Port Montreal
This outdoor skating rink in the heart of the Old Port is a great spot to show off your skills. It is open everyday of the week with a variety of music genres. Between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. the rink plays host to Classic Mondays, World beat Tuesdays, Alternative Rock Wednesdays, Rock “n’ Roll Thursdays, Retro Fridays (“80s and “90s), Rhythm Saturdays and Francophone Sundays.
Admission is $6 excluding skate rentals. Open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.
Tubing: forget waterslides, the icy slopes on Mont Royal are the perfect place to slip and slide on magic carpets, toboggans and snow tubes. Inner tube rentals are $8 for adults [12 and older]. Skis and snowshoes: The chalet also rents out cross-country skis and snowshoes that you can take out on the mountain’s numerous trails. Cross-country skis will cost you $10 for one hour or $15 for 3 hours. Snowshoes are a little cheaper at $8 for one hour and $13 for 3 hours. Skates: Mont-Royal completes their winter activities package with an outdoor skating rink. To rent, it is $8 for two hours. Note: All rentals require a photo ID.
Night skiing and snowboarding at Bromont
Though open during the day, the fun really begins once the sun goes down (which, during Montreal winters, is not very late). Bromont has more than 75 trails
Illuminated every night and boasts that it is the largest lit skiable terrain in North America. It is the perfect place to ski under the stars and avoid large weekend crowds. Every second Saturday is Nuit Blanche, where the hill stays open until 2 a.m.
Student lift tickets cost $27 from 8 p.m. to closing.