Montreal Winter Festivals
A listing of the Winter Festivals in and around Montreal
The following information is for January/February, 2018.
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 20 to February 11
An annual tradition at Jean Drapeau Park, this festival courts families over four consecutive weekends with a variety of outdoor activities, including tubing, skating, zip-lining (photo credit: Gilles Proulx - Société du parc), snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and ice hockey. Other fun activities are the Big Jump (an aerial obstacle course), an ice-sculpting area, circus theatre, snow scooters, mini-igloos and more. 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), entertainment, hockey and bubble soccer, guided hikes, snow sculpting, axe throwing, workshops, etc. are also being offered. For more information, visit laval.ca
Fête des Neiges de Magog
February 3-11 (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 2-19 (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 26-February 11
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. 3 at Charlesbourg and on Feb.10 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. 17, 18, and March 4. 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 10, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sorbonne Park. There will be live shows, illuminated skating, tobogganing, hockey, fire show and more.
Cote des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace
More details to come.
Cote St. Luc
February 18 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park starting at 11:30 a.m. More details to come.
Dollard des Ormeaux
More details to come.
February 7-11 at various locations including Dorval Arena, Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre, and Dorval Aquatic and Sports Centre. Preschool skate and slide, Klondike night, circus extravaganza, sleigh rides and stories, inflatable games, superheroes, music, aerial trail and zip line, campfire and more.
February 11 at Hampstead Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tobogganing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snow sculpting, taffy on snow, inflatable games, face painting, magic show, and an outdoor hockey.
More details to come.
February 1-3 at various times. Compete in a family outdoor challenge at Meades Park (16950 Hymus Blvd.), enjoy a family bingo gameat 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 20 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 11 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall (50 Westminster S. enjoy Valentine's and winter-themed crafts, then a circus show by Mr. Verdin. There will also be FREE skating at the Arena (220 Bedbrook) from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
February 10 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 4 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 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Hall. Enjoy activities for the whole family including caleche rides, snow scooters, storytelling, petanque in the snow, fat bikes, skating, crafts, hot chocolate and more.
January 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Olympique Park (corner of Boisé du Parc and Dagenais). Enjoy inflatable games, animators, dog sled rides, tobogganing, skating, horse sleigh rides, sugar shack and taffy on snow, mini farm and many other activities.
January 20 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.
Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Place du Village, Notre-Dame Blvd. at St. Jean Baptiste Blvd. Enjoy snow sculpting, snowshoeing, skating to music, mini-farm, warm drinks and snacks and more.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
February 2-4 at various times and locations. 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. 11 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 26 & 27 starting at 7 p.m., January 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 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, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-sculpting and more. The fireworks and bonfire will be held on the evening of the 27th.
February 2-4 at Complexe récréatif Gadbois (5485 Cote St. Paul Road). Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Activities include sports demonstrations and workshops, skating, animation and creative workshops.
Town of Mount-Royal
More details to come.
More details to come.
January 26, February 3 and 10 at various locations. Families can visit various area parks and enjoy skating, hockey, hot chocolate, ice sculpting, storytelling, music and more.
Feb. 2-3 at King George Park. activities include skating, sleigh rides, games on the ice, a sugar shack and more.