The following information is for January/February, 2019.
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 19 to February 10, 2019
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 inflatables, giant foosball, boot hockey, axe-throwing, ice- and snow-sculpting, live shows and more. New this year are the Frosty Slides – 18 ice-built slides that vary in height. 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
January 25-27, 2019
Held at Berge des Baigneurs, Laval en Blanc features outdoor activities, historical presentations and shows. Dogsledding (photo credit: Vincent Girard), entertainment, fishing village, snow sculpting and structures, axe throwing, workshops, live shows, etc. are also being offered. For more information, visit laval.ca
Fête des Neiges de Magog
February 2-10, 2019 (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 1-18, 2019 (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 at a variety of locations over three weekends. There will be many 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
February 8-17, 2019
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 competition, live musical performances and much more. Most activities are free, but some require an entry fee. For more information, visit carnaval.qc.ca
Festival Feu et Glaces in Repentigny
February 9-17, 2019 (weekends only)
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 live shows to enjoy. 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.
February 16, 2019 at Berthe-Louard Park (9355 de Galinee Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with sliding, skating, fort building and hot chocolate.
February 17, 2019 at Parc Hirondelles (2574 Fleury St. E.) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sliding, skating, fort building and hot chocolate.
February 23, 2019 at the Welcome Pavillon at Gouin Trail (10905 Basile-Routhier St.) from noon to 4 p.m. Sliding, skating, fort building and hot chocolate.
February 24, 2019 at de Mesy Park (12120 Grenet St.) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with sliding, skating, fort building and hot chocolate.
Cote des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace
More details to come.
Cote St. Luc
February 17, 2019 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.) starting from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More details to come.
Dollard des Ormeaux
February 2, 2019 at Centennial Park (2938 Lake Rd.) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Skate on a large rink to the rhythm of DJ music and with light effects, enjoy a heated igloo to put your skates on, taffy on snow ($), and tasting various food options offered by food trucks on site ($).
February 6-13, 2019 at various locations including Dorval Arena, Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre, and Dorval Aquatic and Sports Centre. Preschool skate and slide, Klondike night, live family show, sleigh rides, animation, sugar shack, mini farm & pony rides, and much more.
February 3, 2019 at Hampstead Park (30 Lyncroft Rd.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tobogganing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snow sculpting, taffy on snow, inflatable games, face painting, and live entertainment.
February 2-3, 2019 at Benson Park (40 Yacht Club St.). More details to come.
January 31 to February 2, 2019 at various times. Compete in a family outdoor challenge at Meades Park (16950 Hymus Blvd.), enjoy a family bingo game at the Sports Complex (16950 Hymus Blvd.). There will also be various outdoor games and indoor evening activities including sleigh rides, inflatables, mascots, a BBQ, maple taffy and more.
February 16, 2019 at Grovehill Park (St. Antoine @ 36th Ave.) from noon to 5 p.m. Inflatable games, DJ music, entertainment, live show Sing with Caillou, and more.
More than 20 individual winter festivals will take place throughout January, February and March, 2019 at various local parks and other locations offering animation, skating, tobogganing, hockey, inflatables, and much more.
More details to come.
February 10, 2019 at St. Viateur Park (525 Bloomfield Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feast on dishes prepared by local organization and take part in many winter activities such as skating, inflatables, face painting, music and more.
February 9, 2019 at the Town Hall (13665 Pierrefonds Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family including snow scooters, a photo booth, fat bikes, hockey and skating, bubble soccer, hot chocolate and more.
January 26, 2019 at Olympique Park (corner of Boisé, du Parc and Dagenais) from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy inflatables, dog sledding for children, tubing with the firemen, skating, pedal go-carts, Paw Patrol mascots, Scouts winter camp, horse sleigh rides, biathlon target shooting, sugar shack and taffy on snow ($), mini farm and much more.
January 19, 2019 at Northview Park (111 Viking Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate winter with your family and enjoy games and face painting, ice sculpting, dog-sled rides, pre-novice hockey games, hot chocolate, and food stands ($).
February 2, 2019 at Hermitage Park (400 Hermitage Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take park in a family skating day with inflatables, music, hot chocolate and more.
February 10, 2019 at Place du Village (Notre-Dame Blvd. @ St. Jean Baptiste Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy snow sculpting, snowshoeing, snowball fights, fort building, ice carving, mini-farm, crafts, hot chocolate, and more.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
February 1-3, 2019 at various times and locations. 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).
February 10, 2019 at Gohier Park (1750 Beaudet St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many outdoor activities for all ages, hot chocolate, horse drawn carriage rides, hiking, inflatable games, and more.
February 8-10, 2019 at various times. A variety of outdoor family fun at Parc Nature les Forestiers, including snowshoeing under the stars, skating, tubing and animation, fireworks, a bonfire, horse-drawn wagon rides, ATV rides, cross-country skiing, ice sculptures, and more.
February 1-3, 2019 at Complexe récréatif Gadbois (5485 Cote St. Paul Rd). Friday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include sports demonstrations and workshops, skating, acrobats, creative workshops, face painting, arcade games, and more.
Town of Mount-Royal
Feb. 10, 2019 at Connaught Park (1620 Graham Blvd.) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Winter games such as snowball throwing, team games and relay races, inflatable games, skating, mascots, taffy on snow, ice sculpting, outdoor Zumba, campfire and more.
More details to come.
February 1, 2019 at Walter Stewart Park (corner of d'Iberville St. and de Rouen St.) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A sounds & lights skating evening with animation, hot drinks and more.
February 9, 2019 at Pac des Veterans (Papineau Ave. @ Logan St.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A winter carnival with music, activities, skating, hot drinks and more.
February 16, 2019 at Parc Toussaint-Louverture (de Maisonneuve Blvd. E.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An outdoor family day with music, activities, hot drinks and more.
Feb. 8, 2019 at Victoria Hall (4626 Sherbrooke St. W.), starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a family dinner, dancing and games.