At a loss on what to do with you and yours during Montreal Easter weekend? From the religious to the secular, your guide to Montreal's Weekend de Pâques is packed with things to do, from traditional Easter brunches to egg hunts, sugar shack meals to nightlife excursions, and more.
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02 of 07
Far be it from me to discourage you from enjoying brunch at one of Montreal's top breakfast and brunch hot spots, though I'd like to point out a few Montreal restaurants for your Easter brunch consideration, each offering a special menu tailor made for the holiday.
03 of 07
For all this talk of bunnies and eggs, two ancient symbols of fertility and new life pre-dating Christianity which have since turned into mascots for a chocolatey multimillion dollar enterprise, there's a more sacred side to the season.
Easter weekend represents the holiest observance of the year for Christians, a time to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the believed son of God.
With the holiday comes Easter Masses and in Montreal, the grandest ones are held in the city's largest and most ornate churches of all, its basilicas: St. Joseph's Oratory, Notre-Dame Basilica, and Mary Queen of the World. All three hold multiple ceremonies on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday.
St. Joseph's Oratory's masses are especially involved given the space of the grounds and its history of saintly miracles.
04 of 07
Montreal Easter weekend isn't only for kids, or Christians for that matter. From listening to classics in a sacred setting to appreciating captured wings to sharing arena space with thousands of party nuts in a sea of white hues, there are a few traditional as well as secular Easter customs unique to Montreal in addition to activity suggestions that hopefully quash any potential holiday boredom.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
The quintessential Québécois feast that heralds spring every year, the humble sugar shack meal is the perfect all ages activity for Easter weekend.
Here are some of the best sugar shacks one hour or less from Montreal. Some offer wagon rides and have mini farms where kids can pet animals or even ride ponies. Others feature nearby nature trails helping folks work up an appetite. And any cabane à sucre worth its sugar serves maple taffy on snow.
06 of 07
So we've covered Easter-themed family events, Easter Mass, and fests traditionally held during the long weekend. Is there anything else to do?
Check the Montreal weekend events guide for the scoop on where to eat, where to drink, where to party, and where to relax. It includes a breakdown of the city's hottest pubs, bars, restaurants, events, spas, and more.
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Visiting Montreal Easter Weekend?
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