Montreal Easter Weekend 2017 Activities

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities Minus the Egg Hunt... and the Bunnies

    Montreal Easter weekend 2017 events include Bal en Blanc.
    ••• Above: Bal en Blanc, a Montreal Easter tradition until, well, this year. Courtesy of Bal en Blanc

    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 gorging on a sugar shack meal, there are a few traditional as well as secular Easter customs unique to Montreal as well as some activity suggestions that will hopefully quash any potential holiday boredom.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Easter Brunch

    Montreal Easter brunch 2016 options include sugar shacks, baths, treasure hunts and more.
    ••• Hot cross buns, a classic Easter brunch item traditionally eaten by Christians on Good Friday. Debby Lewis-Harrison / Getty Images

    With or without family, Easter Sunday brunch has its mouth-watering perks. Here's where to score Easter Brunch in Montreal.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Sugar Shack Time

    Montreal Easter brunch 2017 ideas include visiting a sugar shack.
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    Maybe you don't want a formal Easter brunch. Maybe you'd rather bathe everything in your plate in the goo of the gods. Easter weekend tends to be the (almost) last chance to enjoy a traditional cabane à sucre meal before the season closes shop. Here's where to go outside of Montreal. And here's where to experience an urban sugar shack in the city.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Indulge in a Freebie

    Montreal Easter weekend 2017 events and activities include these free things to do.
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    Sometimes the best things in life really are free. So to get you started, here are 27 free things to do in Montreal this April.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Skate!

    Montreal Easter 2017 events include ice skating at Atrium le 1000.
    ••• On the ice at Atrium le 1000. Lonely Planet / Getty Images

    Every season is ice skating season at Atrium le 1000. Open throughout the entire long weekend April 14 through April 17, 2017 including Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. 

    Skaters who drop by the rink on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday also have a one in four chance of finding a chocolate, toy or sticker in the locker.  Skaters could also spend $1.50 and surprise a loved one with a surprise gift hidden in a designated section of the Atrium's lockers. Proceeds go to La Fondation des Femmes, a non-profit that supports women escaping violence and domestic abuse. Whether the same promotions and contests are put in place for 2017 remains to seen. More information on this year's edition will be revealed as we close in on the dates.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Shops

    Montreal Easter weekend 2017 activities and events include shopping.
    ••• Inside Montreal's Cours Mont-Royal which, incidentally, houses the largest Barbie museum in the world. Jean-Pierre Lescourret / Getty Images

    Quebec malls close for Easter Sunday but make sure to call and check your favorite Montreal shopping centre's opening hours for the rest of Easter weekend.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: What Else Is Open?

    Montreal Easter weekend 2017 events and activities include checking out these businesses open during the long weekend.
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    Lots of businesses and commercial storefronts close Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. But there are exceptions to the rule.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Le Grand Concert

    Montreal Easter 2017 events and activities include catching the Grand Concert du Vendredi Saint at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
    ••• Above: inside Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Courtesy of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

    An annual tradition, catch Le Grand concert du Vendredi Saint this Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8 p.m. when the  Société philharmonique de Montréal interprets Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

    A total of 400 performers are expected to take to the stage, including soprano Chantal Dionne, mezzo-soprano Claudine Ledoux, tenor Philippe Gagné, baritone Vincent Ranallo, the UQAM choir, the École Joseph-François-Perrault choir as well as the Société philharmonique de Montréal orchestra itself . Admission $35 to $250 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. At Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Information in French only.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Butterflies

    Montreal Easter weekend 2017 activities include the Montreal Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free event.
    ••• One of the 20,000 butterflies released every year at the Montreal Botanical Garden courtesy of Butterflies Go Free. Cyrielle Beaubois / Getty Images

    Thousands of butterflies are set free in the Montreal Botanical Garden's climate-controlled greenhouses every year during Easter, including on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Movie Time

    Easter weekend activities in Montreal include catching a movie.
    ••• SStill fro, Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

    It's spring! Get out of the house! But if the weather stinks for whatever reason, then catch a movie. Montreal's movie theatres are always open, even on statutory holidays.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: Head to the Spa

    The top 12 spas in Montreal include Rainspa.
    ••• Courtesy of Rainspa

    It's been a longer winter. Take a load off. Get pampered at these top 12 spas in Montreal.

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    Montreal Easter Weekend Activities 2017: And You Thought That Was It?

    Montreal Easter 2017 events and activities include these things to do.
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    Want more outing choice? Consult your complete Montreal Easter Guide and sift through my Montreal April roundup to discover the month's best festivals, concerts, attractions and more. Note that all recommendations are editorial in nature. and devoid of sponsorship conflicts of interest.