Outdoor Winter Fun in Montreal

Now that it’s finally getting colder, we would like to shed some insight on some fun activities to do outdoors for the wintertime.  Montrealers know how to embrace the winter, which is perhaps why the city is never short on outdoor options.  In order to keep active in the cold winter months, use the following list as a guide and you will no doubt keep in shape or simply just have fun and stay entertained spending as much time outside as possible for winter 2012. 

Skating on the Quays in the Old Port
With a different theme and ambiance set each week, skating on the Quays of the Old Port will never get old or boring (as such, it becomes notable!). With well-maintained ice and unbelievable scenic views of the Old Port and the Montreal skyline, this is always a fun day or nighttime activity.

Between Thursday and Saturday for three consecutive weekends in January (January 12th to 28th), the electronic world music scene opens its doors to the Montreal public for an outdoor igloo dance extravaganza.  Each night a different world-renowned DJ spins amazing tunes while you dance the night away (outdoors) in front of unique architectural stage sets in the Old Port. 

Cross Country Skiing at the Botanical Garden
Offering day and night access to amazing groomed trails, the Botanical Garden opens its doors to the avid (or novice) cross-country skier every winter. Between the garden itself, and the Maisonneuve Park next door, there are 18km of trails for you to explore, with bird watching trails and an ice skating rink to boot.

TELUS Fire on Ice
Every Saturday from December 3rd to January 7th, starting at 8pm, the skies above the Quays of the Old Port are lit up with unbelievable fireworks presented by TELUS Fire on Ice.  Some of the best pyrotechnical companies in Quebec take their turns lighting up the sky for the entertainment of all Montrealers, young and old.