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Ski, skate, or snow angel: Where to find Montreal’s coolest winter weather activities

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Montreal receives an average of 59 days of snow per year. This results in more than 80 inches of beautiful white flakes cascading from the sky, making the city sparkle and attracting visitors from around the world who love outdoor winter fun. Choose a snowy experience using the guide below and enjoy the many popular winter weather activities Montreal has to offer. And don’t forget to pack warm clothes!

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Take a 130 kilometer (80 mile) drive away from Montreal’s borders and head to Mont-Tremblant for an unforgettable getaway. Whether you are a novice skier or a seasoned pro, Mont-Tremblant offers slopes for all levels. Start your day at the pedestrian village at the mountain’s base, then rent equipment and sign up for lessons if it’s your first time skiing or snowboarding. There are 14 lifts to transport you to more than 650 skiable acres around the mountain. Be sure to take in spectacular views of the Laurentian Mountains as you shred the slopes!

Old Montreal

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For winter activities off the beaten path, check out Old Montreal Pier and try your hand at ice fishing. The location is close to downtown, making it perfect for grabbing dinner and drinks to warm up afterwards. You can even rent a tent shelter, fishing gear and bait while you’re there.


Bromont is well worth the one-hour drive from Montreal. Here you can try night-skiing for a unique experience, and work up an appetite before heading to one of Bromont’s many restaurants for a hearty meal. Micro-Brasserie Le Brouemont is a great choice for burgers and house-brewed beer.

Mont Royal

This cross-country skiing haven offers amazing city views from two summit trails. You can also ice skate (and rent snowshoes if you need a pair) for an action-packed day, or take a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Parc La Fontaine

Located on the Mont Royal plateau, this lovely park takes a unique approach to skating. Instead of a traditional open rink, Parc La Fontaine features winding ice skating paths. Enjoy gliding under the shadow of lovely trees while honing your skating skills.

Visit the IHG® travel guide to book a Montreal hotel. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, ice fisher, skater, or all of the above, you’ll love your time in this charming Canadian city.

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