Montreal Winter Festivals
A listing of the 2017 Winter Festivals in and around Montreal
The following information is for January/February, 2017.
With winter in full swing, many communities in and around Montreal have organized several festivals so that you can make the most of the snow-filled days. These festivals feature a multitude of different winter activities from skating and tubing to sleigh rides, musical performances and culinary treats. One of the city’s main events is the annual Fete des Neiges at Jean Drapeau Park.
Below you will find some other big festivals happening close to home as well as a list of winter festivals and carnivals happening in individual boroughs. These events offer family-friendly activities for young and old, along with tasty treats and toe-tapping music. So bundle up in your warmest gear and go enjoy the snow, no shoveling required!
La Fête des Neiges de Montréal
January 14 to February 5
An annual tradition at Jean Drapeau Park, this festival courts families over four consecutive weekends with a variety of outdoor activities, including tubing, skating along the river, zip-lining (photo credit: Gilles Proulx - Société du parc), dog sledding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and ice hockey. Other fun activities are inflatables, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, a life size ice-sculpture pirate ship, and sleigh rides. There is also a special zone for children ages 6 & under. Many activities are free (some at a low cost) but it’s always best to check the website before going as some activities are only held weather permitting. Parking is available but the site is easily accessible by metro. For information, visit parcjeandrapeau.com.
Laval en Blanc
Held at Berge des Baigneurs, Laval en Blanc features outdoor activities, historical presentations and shows. Dogsledding (photo credit: Vincent Girard), horse-drawn sled rides, entertainment, family ice fishing village, hockey and bubble soccer, guided hikes, giant kite and snow sculptures, workshops, etc. are also being offered. For more information, visit laval.ca
Fête des Neiges de Magog
February 4-12 (weekends only)
During this Eastern Townships’ festival, which is approximately a 90-minute drive from Montreal, discover a host of free family activities including ice fishing, giant snow kites, hockey, pony rides, tubing (photo credit: Marco Bergeron), snow soccer, musical entertainment, skating, a Ferris wheel, and fireworks. For more information, visit fetedesneigesdemagog.com
Winterlude in Ottawa
February 3-20 (weekends only)
Festival enthusiasts won’t mind driving to Ottawa when the nation’s capital hosts its annual edition of Winterlude. This year’s festival takes place in Ottawa and Gatineau over three weekends. There will be a variety of activities including outdoor sports, ice sculpting and skating on the world’s largest outdoor rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway (photo credit: Ottawa Tourism). Families can also visit the Snowflake Kingdom, a children's snow playground located at Jacques Cartier Park. For a complete list of activities, visit ottawatourism.ca.
Quebec Winter Carnival
January 27-February 12
Head over to the province’s capital city for the annual edition of the Quebec Winter Carnival. The festival features hundreds of activities that the whole family can enjoy like skating, giant foosball (photo credit: Frédéric Lavoie Photographe - Videography), horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice slide and ice palace, a sugar shack, a petting zoo, an international ice sculpting compeittion, live musical performances and much more. There will also be two parades held on Feb. 4 at Charlesbourg and on Feb.11 at Upper Town. Most activities are free, but some require an entry fee. For more information, visit carnaval.qc.ca
Festival Feu et Glaces in Repentigny
This annual winter celebration offers activities such as zip lines, tubing, sledding and skating (but bring your own skates, there’s no on-site rental). Visitors can also play on inflatables, watch fireworks, take a sleigh or pony ride, and try dog sledding and even ice sculpting. There will also be various shows every day and two fireworks shows. Most of the festival’s activities are free and take place at Parc de l’Île Lebel in Repentigny (photo credit: Festival Feu et Glace). For more information, visit feuetglace.com
While these major Winter Festivals are amazing fun for young and old alike, many boroughs also hold winter carnivals during January and February. They may be a bit smaller, but still have plenty of activities for families. Below is a list in alphabetical order.
Click on each borough name to get more information from their websites.
Feb. 12, 18, 19, and March 5. Various locations around Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Families can participate in a variety of sports, sledding, tobogganing, animation, music and can enjoy a range of tasty treats.
February 11, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sorbonne Park. There will be giant a mini-farm, live shows, illuminated skating, tobogganing, hockey, fireworks and more.
Cote des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace
Jan. 21 at Confederation Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A full day of activities including races, inflatables, mascots (Youppi, Tai-Pan and Flic), disco skating, Pixar short films, heated terraces, foot trucks, free hot chocolate and more.
Cote St. Luc
February 19 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be a free pancake breakfast (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chalet #1), Q92.5 DJ, horse & carriage rides, skating, mascots, inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, snowshoeing, dog sledding, taffy on a stick, hot chocolate, figure skating show, a hockey tournament and more. Donations will be accepted to Ronald McDonald House.
Dollard des Ormeaux
February 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park, 3000 Lake Rd. (corner of Manuel). Bring your toboggan and slide on the hills and don't forget your skates. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, kicksleds, pedal go-karts, ice sculptures, inflatables, snow volleyball, heated igloo, taffy on the snow ($), beaver tails ($) and more. Rain date: February 19th.
February 8-12 - Various times and locations throughout Dorval (more details to come).
February 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hampstead Park, 30 Lyncroft Rd. Horse drawn carriage rides, dog sledding, taffy on snow, tobogganing, inflatable games, face painting, family show, and more.
February 3-15 at the Community Centre and Benson Park. A variety of activities at both locations including family dance and bingo, extreme puzzle completitions, sugar shack breakfast, chainsaw wood carving demonstrations and carving for kids, Canadian 'ninja' winter warrior obstacle course, skating party, snowshoeing, bonfire and more.
January 26-29 at various times. Compete in an Amazing Race competition at Meades Park (16950 Hymus Blvd.), enjoy a family bingo game and a Carnival Supper at the Sports Complex (16950 Hymus Blvd.). There will also be various outdoor games and indoor evening activities including sleigh rides, inflatables, mascots and more.
Over 30 individual winter festivals will take place throughout January, February and March at various local parks and other locations offering animation, skating, tobogganing, hockey, inflatables, and much more.
February 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Hall/Hodgson Field (50 Westminster St. S.) and Montreal West Arena (220 Bedbrook). Skating, music, crepes, hot chocolate, winter challenges, horse drawn carriage rides, arts & crafts, face painting, hockey tournament, garbage bowl (outdoor football game), magic show and more.
February 11, 2017 at Benny Park from noon to 3 p.m. Winter activities, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sled racing, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, face painting, inflatables, mascots and games for young children.
February 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feast on dishes prepared by local organization and take part in many winter activities such as skating, inflatables, face painting, sleigh rides and more.
February 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parc de la Rive-Boisee. Enjoy activities for the whole family including dog sledding, carriage rides, sledding, shinny hockey and free skating (bring your skates, helmet and sled), snowshoeing, tobogganing, hot chocolate, taffy on the snow and other tasty treats.
January 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Olympique Park (corner of Boisé du Parc and Dagenais). Enjoy inflatable games, ice sculpting, animators, dog sled rides, tobogganing, horse sleigh rides, skating and many other activities.
January 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northview Park (111 Viking Ave.). Celebrate winter with the family and enjoy pre-novice hockey games, ice sculpting, taffy on the snow, dog-sled rides, horse wagon rides, inflatable games, music, BBQ, s'mores and hot chocolate.
Pointe-aux-Trembles/Riviere des Prairies
Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Place du Village, Notre-Dame Blvd. at St. Jean Baptiste Blvd. (More details to come
March 3 & 4 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Sanctuaire du Sacré-Coeur. (More details to come)
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
February 3-5 at various times and locations. Spaghetti dinner and dance, introduction to ice fishing on the Canal, outdoor activities at the Morgan Arboretum (sledding, dog sledding, snow sculpting, BBQ and more), evening of fun in the Village, bed race and outdoor disco, fireworks, fun day at Aumais Park (hot chocolate, taffy on the snow, BBQ, inflatables, snow sculptures, skating and more)
Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cousineau Park. Many outdoor activities for all ages, hot chocolate, horse drawn carriage rides, hiking, and more
January 20 starting at 7 p.m., February 21st from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A variety of outdoor family fun at Parc Nature les Forestiers, including cross-country skiing, skating with music, horse-drawn wagon rides, ATV rides, dogsledding rides, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-sculpting, fitness workshops, fireworks and bonfire.
February 3-5 at Complexe récréatif Gadbois (5485 Cote St. Paul Road). Times and details to come.
Town of Mount-Royal
February 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Danyluk Park and Connaught Park, 60 Roosevelt Ave., T.M.R.. Enjoy winter games: snowball throwing, relay races, etc., inflatables, skating, mascots, hockey, ice sculpting, camp fire, taffy on snow and beaver tails and more.
February 10-12 during various times throughout the day at Arthur Therrie Park (2750 3750 Gaétan Laberge Blvd). Enjoy three days of winter fun including snowshoeing, ice skating, snow tubing, outdoor dancing, DJ music, live shows for children, ice carving, storytelling, and much more.
January 14 and 21, February 4 and 18 at various locations. Families can visit various area parks and enjoy skating, hockey, hot chocolate, ice sculpting, storytelling, music and more.
(More details to come)