Montreal reveals winter activities for 375th anniversary

Families are invited to play outdoors and take part in the various games, obstacle courses, and events available from January to March 2017

To celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary, Montreal’s birthday festivities, named “Les Hivernales,” will feature family-friendly outdoor winter activities taking place at Parc Jean-Drapeau, in the Quartier des spectacles, and in Old Montreal.

Beginning just after the new year, Barbegazi (frozen beard) is an obstacle course at the Îlot Clark, at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Clark Sts. Ten participants who complete the course in the fastest times will share a prize of $5,000. Participation is FREE and the event will also feature light shows, DJs, and food trucks. It will take place the weekends of Jan. 6-8 and Jan. 13-15. Click here for more information.

Igloofest, the annual electronic music winter festival, is extended two weeks for six weekends running from Jan. 12 to Feb. 19.  The 11th edition brings the addition of the Nordik Village, an interactive circuit in Place Jacques-Cartier, featuring a toboggan slide, Christmas tree toss, human curling, and other winter games. Access to the Nordik Village is FREE. For more information, visit

From Jan. 14 to Feb. 5, the Fête des neiges de Montreal is back at Parc Jean-Drapeau with more than 20 activities, including slides, snow tubing, a ferris wheel, skating, and live shows. Admission and most activities are free of charge. Visit for more information.

For one weekend, from Jan. 20-21, about 60 homemade soapbox cars will race down St. Denis St. on a 280-metre obstacle course. Descent St. Denis is open to anyone wishing to participate. After a panel of judges tallies the points, the winning team takes home $3,000. Registration ends on Dec. 16. To register and find more information, visit

On Feb. 18, kids, adults, and seasoned athletes are invited to take part in the Polar Hero Race. The five-kilometre course features 25 obstacles open to participants of all ages. There is also a ten-kilometre course with 50 obstacles for seasoned racers. Register and find more information at

For more information about Montreal’s 375th anniversary events, visit

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