7 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Montreal with Your Family

7 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Montreal with Your Family

From carnivals to ice skating, these Montreal activities are wintertime fun for the whole family.

By: Amy B.

Winter, summer, spring or fall, Montreal makes for a fabulous family vacation. Even in the winter, when the temperature drops and snow blankets the city, you’ll see local families bundled up and enjoying the sights and sounds of their amazing city. Here are seven fun things to do in Montreal in winter that you won’t want to miss.

Fun Things to Do in Montreal in Winter

1. Snowshoe to the Top of Mount Royal
Enjoy a moonlight trek up to the top of Mount Royal by snowshoes. Les Amis de la Montagne (Friends of the Mountain) offer guided treks through the snowy woods, past the iconic cross and to the summit of this wooded city park.

2. Celebrate Snow
From the end of January through mid-February, the Snow Village in Park Jean-Drapeau features plenty of fun family snow activities, from snow sculpting contests to tube sliding. You can even go on a dogsledding adventure!

3. Skate a Figure Eight
Montreal’s outdoor skating rink on the Clock Tower Quay is the perfect place to skate to your heart’s content.

4. Step Back in Time
Head indoors to the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and learn more about the history of Montreal via an underground route covering six centuries of history.

Help Romeo, the nosy, storytelling rat, find selected objects among the museum’s archaeological remains in the exceptional Where Montreal Was Born exhibition. Be sure to catch the multimedia three-screen show that showcases Montreal history from the first native settlements to present day.

5. Take the Funicular Elevator up to the Top of the Olympic Tower
The Montréal Olympic Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, offers a spectacular view of this city-island and can be easily reached via its funicular-type elevator. Bring your swimsuit: The year-round sports center at the base of the tower features seven swimming pools.

6. Enjoy a Cup of Hot Chocolate at a Haut Chocolate Lounge
Suite 88 (1225 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest) is a fancy lounge where you can warm up with a classic hot cocoa or experiment with dark, white chocolate or spiced variations. Save room for some of the featured small-batch truffles, which also make lovely (and tasty!) souvenirs.

7. Celebrate at One of Montreal’s Fabulous Winter Carnivals
Winter is no excuse to stay indoors in Montreal! Bundle up and hit the town at one of the almost-weekly winter festivals. From the bright, all-night Montréal en Lumière festival that begins in February to the Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival in March, there is a festival to celebrate every facet of winter.

Montreal Hotels
Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville (380 Sherbrooke St. West) is centrally located, comfortable and features a nice rooftop indoor pool as well as a restaurant and room service, making it a great option for families. You can also explore all of the Hilton hotels in Montreal.

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Amy writes for Hilton Mom Voyage. She is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring the world with her two travelin’ kids, ages 5 and 13. Based in Chicago, Amy has voyaged as far away as Mali, West Africa and the Galapagos Islands. She lived in London for two years, Italy for five. A fluent Italian speaker, Amy has a special place in her heart for il bel paese.

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