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 events in February of 2020 include major outdoor attractions like a snow festival and a festival of lights.
The key to loving winter in Montreal, or winter anywhere in Canada, is to embrace the season for what it is, which is cold. You should dress in layers and proper winter gear, especially if you're prepared to hit the slopes. 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, but keep in mind that cold days can drop to negative 20 degrees Celcius (-4 F).
Taking place at Parc Jean-Drapeau from January 18 to February 9, 2020, the Fête des Neiges (Snow Festival) is an annual celebration of winter merriment. Families are invited to play outdoors where they can enjoy an array of activities including workshops, demonstrations, live performances, costumed characters, and sporting events.
Other entertainment options include the skater's trail, an ice skating rink; the ice boat with a live captain that interacts with guests; a labyrinth that families must navigate through; snowshoe tours; and dog sledding.
Each year, Montréal en Lumière brings a wide assortment of live shows, culinary events, and outdoor free attractions to the city. In 2020, you can enjoy this festive annual tradition that lights up the city with food, art, music, and a variety of fun events from February 20 to March 1.
Guest can expect to encounter innovative light installations in addition to fine dining events, live performances, and free all-night activities throughout the celebration. Alternatively, guests can spend the evening at the outdoor site in the Place des Festivals' public space, which features a full carnival and music stages spilling out onto Saint Catherine Street and the plaza at Place des Arts' across the street.
Montreal can be a city of romance, even in the dead of winter, which is why it may come as no surprise that there are several great ways to impress your special someone this Valentine's Day in the city. You can take a guided trek up Mount Royal complete with hot cocoa or mulled wine; or soak in the rooftop Mont Tremblant Hilton pool; or spend the day browsing through fine art at the Redpath Museum or the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
While Quebec has many ski resorts, the windchill and ice patches on the slopes may be a bit too cold and dangerous for skiing throughout February, but you should check later on in the month as some southern slopes may be ready for more winter sports—if you're prepared to face temperatures of negative 20 degrees Celcius (-4 F).
The top three regions to visit in Quebec are the Laurentians region, which is home to Mont Tremblant and Mont Saint Sauveur; the Quebec City/Charlevoix area, which is home to Mont-Saint-Anne, Stoneham, and Le Massif; and the Eastern Townships region, which is less than two hours from Montreal and home to Mont Sutton, Owl's Head, and Mont Orford.
If you're visiting the city in February, you'll need a place to stay. You should consider booking a room at one of these top Montreal winter hotels, which are perfect for braving the cold while having an unforgettable visit to the city.
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 center 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, which are all either connected to or in close proximity to the underground city and close to Chinatown—a great spot for cheap eats.
Also known as Je t'aime en Chocolate, which first debuted at Old Montreal's Marché Bonsecours, the Montreal Chocolate Show takes place each year in February and features some of the finest handmade confections in the country.
The event will take place on February 8 to 9, 2020 and will feature a chocolate market, workshops at the Academy of Chocolate, a Chocolate Show, and a MINI Valentine's Day Parade featuring costumed kids.