- Outdoor Activity: Ice Skating at the Old Port
The Old Port's winter activities launch with the opening of Montreal's largest refrigerated ice skating rink in early December.
When: Daily, December 1 to March 10, 2013
Where: Quai de l'Horloge, Old Port of Montreal (View Map)
- Food: Poutine Week
Poutine is certainly the most renowned Québécois dish. Given its popularity, it’s a wonder why we had to wait until this year before an event celebrating this fast food icon was put together. In February, thirty Montreal restaurants, from the most casual to the chicest, will honor poutine by offering variations that include grilled steak, lamb, foie gras, duck and pulled pork, and there’s even a 100% vegan version to try. Poutine aficionados can vote on their favorites on the event’s website.
When: February 1-7, 2013
Where: Several locations across the city
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- Music Festival: Igloofest in the Old Port
Every winter, thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal.
When: February 7-8-9, 2013
Where: Jacques-Cartier Pier (View Map)
- Museum Exhibition: Peru, Kingdom of the Sun and Moon
The newest exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will make you travel all the way to Peru. The exhibition Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods displays more than 350 works of art (paintings, sculptures, gold and silver ornaments, photograph, etc.) that were created over a period of 4,000 years. The exhibition also includes archaeological treasures discovered in recent decades.
When: February 2 to June 16, 2013
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (View Map)
- Festival: Montréal en Lumière
Warm up in an atmosphere of light and warmth at Montreal's best and most diverse winter festival. This annual late-February festival features for some 10 days hundreds of exceptional gastronomic and wine tasting activities, shows, exhibits, concerts and a free outdoor illuminated site at the Quartier des spectacles. This year's edition highlights the city of Buenos Aires with dance numbers, music concerts, culinary workshops and gastronomic tastings featuring guest chefs from Argentina.
When: February 21 to March 3, 2013
Where: Place des Arts (Free outdoor site - View Map) as well as several locations around the city
- Outdoor Activity: Showshoeing on Mont Royal
Put on a pair of snowshoes and follow a guide along the trails of Montreal's iconic Mont Royal. Two different tours are offered: a family tour focusing on fauna observation and a tour at night, allowing you to enjoy the lights of the city (hot chocolate included). A special Valentine's Day Tour is scheduled on February 16 during which mulled wine and chocolate truffles will be served. All tours include the rental of snowshoes.
When: Weekends, January 5 to March 9, 2013
Where: Tours begin at the Maison Smith on Mont Royal (View Map)
- Outdoor Activity: Ice Fishing in the Old Port
Learn to ice fish on the Clock Tower Quay basin in the Old Port, just steps away from downtown. Heated shelters, fishing permit (required), equipment and lures are all available on site. This far up the St. Lawrence River, visitors can attempt to catch perches, walleyes, or even sturgeons! The site is easily accessible by public transportation, and the activity aims at delighting fishermen of all skill levels.
When: January 12 to March 31, 2013
Where: Clock Tower Quay, Old Port of Montreal (View Map)
- One-of-a-Kind Accommodation/Food/Outdoor Activity: The Snow Village
The Snow Village is the first hotel chain of ice villages in the world with properties in Canada, Finland, and Norway. Guests can simply visit the village for a day (for a small admission fee) and enjoy the village's bar, restaurant, conference center, chapel, snow igloos, and spa, or they can extend the experience by staying overnight in one of the rooms and suites. Every year, the site's design is inspired by a major city, and this year's edition features New York City. Packages including accommodation and gastronomic meals at the restaurant are offered, and the site can be booked for corporate events, weddings or special events.
When: January 4 to March 24, 2013
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, St. Helen's Island (Easily accessible by Metro - View Map)
- Exhibition: Craving for Design
The newly reopened Stewart Museum is presenting the exhibition Craving for Design: Kitchen design from the 18th century to tomorrow. This temporary exhibition explores the origin and evolution of domestic kitchens in North America. Despite developments and the passage of time, surprisingly little has changed in the way kitchen accessories are designed and used. Materials and energy sources, however, have evolved considerably. Learn more about the kitchens of the past and discover what the kitchen of the future has in store.
When: Until April 14, 2013
Where: Stewart Museum, St. Helen's Island (View Map)
- Family Activity: Butterflies Go Free
This winter, the main greenhouse of Montreal's Botanical Garden is transformed into a huge butterfly house, welcoming thousands of brilliantly colored butterflies and moths. This year's star is one of Quebec's most beautiful butterflies: the Monarch. Explore the world of these incredible creatures and learn some of their secrets.
When: February 14 to April 28, 2013
Where: Montreal's Botanical Garden (View Map)
- Special Event: Montreal Fashion Week
Over the years, Montreal has confirmed its position as one of the fashion capitals of the world and the Montreal Fashion Week is the must-see rendez-vous for international buyers and fashion enthusiasts. The event offers an unprecedented opportunity for local designers to export their talent and extend their outreach on the international stage. Fashionistas can buy a passport for the whole event, or one day passes to attend the shows of their choice.
When: February 4-7, 2013
Where: L'Arsenal (View Map)
- Entertainment/Festival: Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
One of Quebec's biggest success worldwide is the Cirque du Soleil, so it should come as no surprise that Montreal's circus scene continues to nurture budding talents and organize major events, such as the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. The festival features acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists in performances that showcase the variety, liveliness, creativity and innovation of circus arts.
When: Select nights from February 19 to March 3, 2013
Where: TOHU (View Map)
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