Fête des Neiges 2017: Montreal's Snow Festival in a Nutshell
Every late January to early February, Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland, a childhood delight that features activities for kids as well as for adults, though the festival's focus is on family.
The Fête des Neiges 2017 edition runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday from January 14 to February 5, 2017. WEEKENDS ONLY.
Every edition usually features ice sculptured playgrounds, a hockey tournament, inner tubing, sliding, skating, snowshoeing, special activities at the Biosphere and live shows. Special facilities for parents with infants are available as are lockers and spaces to warm up the kids. Food is also sold on the premises.
Fête des neiges: Admission Is Free, Equipment Rentals Are Not
Free entertainment and activities are a given at every Fête des neiges edition. However, several activities do involve modest admission fees to cover equipment rentals.
Snowshoes: $8 for 2 hours
Kicksled: $8 for 2 hours
Snow scooter (kicksledding): $9 for 2 hours
Inner tubes: requires an ACROPASSE
Ice skates: $9 for 2 hours
Cross Country Skis: $19 for 2 hours
Locker locks: $2
An ID card and a deposit for equipment rental is required.
Getting to Montreal's Snow Festival by Car or Public Transit
Getting to Parc Jean-Drapeau's Fête des neiges by car is feasible: factor in a parking fee ranging from $3.25 an hour to $18.50 per day.
It's also easy to get to the hub of site activities using public transit.
Fest organizers propose attendees take advantage of special parking areas near Namur, Radisson, Montmorency, Angrignon and Longueuil metros in order to take the the subway, getting off at Metro Jean-Drapeau for direct access to snow festival grounds.
As for public transit fares, families benefit from a Family Outings promotion, whereby parents, after paying their own transit fare, can bring along up to five kids ages 12 and under for free on weekends and during legal holidays. Find out more about Montreal public transit transit fare rates.
Visit the Parc Jean-Drapeau website for details. Call (514) 872-6120 for further assistance.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights
Every January and February, Montreal Snow Festival La Fête des neiges turns Parc Jean-Drapeau into a winter wonderland, featuring activities for kids big and small as well as for adults.
The Montreal Snow Festival 2017 edition proposes new features as well as old favorites, highlights I'm convinced you and your kids are going to love.
Some are free, some are not. Note that admission to the grounds themselves is free. Parking in Parc Jean-Drapeau costs extra.
The Fête des Neiges 2017 edition runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday from January 14 to February 5, 2017. The festival is on WEEKENDS ONLY. It's free admission to access the site and several activities. Other activities involve modest fees.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: The ACCROPASSE
As much as Montreal Snow Festival Fête des neiges is free, many of its activities are not and those extra fees add up quickly, which is why the ACCROPASSE is, in my opinion, the most affordable way for families to participate in as many activities as possible.
It gives pass holders unlimited access to tube sliding, the zipline, the Ferris wheel, the Biosphere and the Stewart Museum throughout the entire festival. The pass is $16 per person, is free for ages 4 and under and a family pass costs $50 (one family pass covers 4 family members) in 2017.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: The Polar Circus
The big Polar Circus is expected again in 2017 "with its colorful collection of characters. They'll need some help staging the exciting and hilarious acts that are filled with magic and surprises..." The circus runs frequently, on a loop, throughout the Snow Festival.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: The Skater's Trail
I love this skating destination. Here's why. Note that admission is free. Ice skate rentals cost $9 for two hours and $2 to rent a lock to temporarily store boots and bags in a locker.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: Dog Sledding
Here's everything you need to know about booking a Montreal dog sledding session. Not recommended for pregnant women nor for tots and babies under age 2. Ages 2 to 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: Snow Yoga
Fingers crossed free snow yoga classes for the whole family return in 2017. In 2016, they were held under the Calder statue.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: The New Ice Boat
A first for the festival, Fête des Neiges proposes a giant ice boat in 2017 complete with live captain for families to discover.
Montreal Snow Festival 2017 Highlights: Dodge Arrow
Another first for the festival, Fête des Neiges invites families to take the ball out of dodge ball, and replace it with bows and arrows. Ouch.
Discover more 2017 Fête des neiges highlights at Parc Jean-Drapeau right here. And for a complete list of Montreal Snow Festival activities, consult the Fête des neiges website.