Montreal in February is far more vibrant than you might expect from a glance at the weather forecast, which admittedly can be on the chilly side this time of year. Yet Montreal February 2017 events include major outdoor attractions, including a snow festival, a subzero rave, and a festival of lights.
As for locals fearing winter might never end, it's time to tackle the month head on and get out of the house. The cure to your February funk is a just a click away. Check out what's happening in and around Montreal, from winter festivals to concerts and more.
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Come out and play at Montreal's pre-eminent snow fest, the Fête des Neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau or bank on the Montréal en Lumière's wide assortment of live shows, culinary events, and outdoor freebies.
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Not as statistically chilly as January, February is nonetheless COLD and much like its calendar neighbor, this is yet another month where you'll curse what looks like a beautiful day. A sunny day in February nearly guarantees bone-chilling, cold weather whereas a gray, cloudy day tends to announce a "warmer" outdoor experience complemented by snowfall.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Visiting Montreal in February? Consider booking a room at one of these top Montreal winter hotels. Visitor favorites and vouched by yours truly, they're perfect for braving the winter cold while having an unforgettable stay.
Alternately, you could stay in Old Montreal's top-rated accommodations. Just be aware that it's a little tricky to get around the historic city centre after a heavy snowfall. Luxury hotels and boutique hotels closer to downtown may be easier to work with as home bases.
Other choice winter accommodations include hotels near Palais des congrès. They're all either connected to or in close proximity to the underground city and close to Chinatown, a great spot for cheap eats.
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This Weekend in Montreal
Find something fabulous to do this weekend in Montreal, be it scoring the ultimate brunch or heading down to the best festival in town.
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Spend a romantic Valentine's Day in Montreal. How? Read these Montreal Valentine's Day date ideas for inspiration.
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The key to loving winter in Montreal, or winter anywhere in Canada, is to embrace the season for what it is.
So dress in layers and hit the slopes. Or get on the ice. And once you're out there exploring Mount Royal on snowshoes or cross country skis, you'll probably have to unzip your parka to let out some body heat. Happens every time, even on cold -20°C (-4°F) days. If anything, those are the days to head out. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate, rent your equipment, and GO.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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As much as I love winter, even I don't like alpine skiing when it's too cold. Getting whiplashed by wind chill on the lift on days that dip below -20°C (-4°F) is rough. And ice patches on the slopes are admittedly more common December through February, definitely a reminder to carve more cautiously this time of year. Remember to check conditions at your slope of choice before heading out to Quebec's many ski resorts.
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