For four weekends this winter, Jean-Drapeau Park will be transformed into a frosted playground with activities for all during the 36th annual Fêtes des Neiges.
New this year are Frosty Slides; 18 ice-built slides, most of which can be ridden without a toboggan (as long as you’re wearing snow pants). The slides vary in height and size and there will be a section with smaller slides for younger ones to ride down alone or with an adult (but kids must be at least 2 years old).
There will be two wider slides that require a toboggan (supplied by the festival), and can be ridden two-at-a-time or can be put next to each other so guests can slide side-by-side. Sliding passes cost $8 per person and include free admission to the Stewart Museum and Biosphere during the festival.
The giant ice ship, where Captain Crinère and his crew are stationed, will host games and free workshops, including the ice-sculpting and snow-sculpting workshops.
Other free activities include inflatables, giant foosball, boot hockey, axe-throwing and more. Animators will be stationed at the Penguin Village and Huskies’ Academy and will host tons of games throughout the event. Parents can join the fun during the Snow Scooters duo challenge, where they will hold onto their child’s feet and lead them through an obstacle course.
La Boulathèque (pictured right) stage is where guests will want to go to move and sing. The stage will feature many performances by kid-friendly groups, such as Ari Cui Cui, Animaux en force, Normanville and others.
Dogsledding rides are also available and cost $10 for children over the age of 2 and $16 for adults. The park will also have areas to rest and warm up as well as food trucks with snacks like maple taffy, marshmallows and hot chocolate.
The outdoor event will take place every Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jean-Drapeau Park can be accessed by the yellow metro line.
For more information, visit parcjeandrapeau.com.