In the midst of the summer, Montréalis one of North America’s top travel destinations, however, people tend to avoid this French Canadian hotspot once the snow starts to fall. In our opinion, Montréal’s beauty is magnified when its skyline and parks are covered in the white stuff! Discover why your next family adventure to Montréal should be when it’s cold.
The mountain that gave Montréal its nameis the spot to experience inner city winter wonderland. This public park is home to a 764 ft. mountain, and in the colder months, it offers way more fun to families! At Mont-Royal, your crew can get lost cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, fly down hill on a tube or toboggan, or relax within a cozy horse drawn carriage. The lookout in the front of Chalet Du Mont Royal provides breathtaking, skyline views that glisten.
2.) Underground City
If trekking through snow to venture around the city is not your idea of fun, you’re in luck! Montréal is home to a huge underground pedestrian network. And we mean HUGE. Its 21 miles of passageways allow visitors to get around town without a jacket (even in the winter!). The underground city links various landmarks, including shopping malls and universities.
3.) Winter Festival Season
While the summer season is better known for its festivals, Montréal’s winter celebrations definitely don’t disappoint. Montréal’s High Lights Festival in February is the perfect opportunity for family fun! This 11-day celebration includes performing arts and free, outdoor fun. Montreal also hosts a New Year’s Eve Gran Baland fireworks display and the famed Igloofest electronic music fest each winter.
4.) The Old Port
While a trip to the river may seem a little ambitious when its covered in ice, Montréal’s Old Port (in our opinion) offers way more fun for families in the winter! Dust off your skates and venture out onto the rink, which prides itself on its excellent ice quality, or embrace your inner Canuck and take the family ice fishing for an afternoon. Don’t have skates or fishing poles? No worries! You can rent it all there. Stop by the Bistro to warm up with hot chocolate while enjoying superb views of the skyline.
5.) Fewer Crowds
During the summer months, Montréalis teeming with tourists and can get a little hectic. Possibly the best part about visiting Ontario’s great city in the winter is experiencing life like a local. This means better options for restaurants (without the wait), including Schwartz’s Deli world famous smoked meat! It also leaves your family with the luxury of visiting landmarks and museums with more privacy and no hoards, making winter the best season to explore the Biodome and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal.
While this French Canadian hub is beautiful in every season, we prefer winter! To check out more opportunities for year-round family fun in the city check out Knok’s Montréal Travel Map for Families.