March in Montreal: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Montreal iceskating rink
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In Canada, most places (excluding the more moderate West Coast locales) have unpredictable early spring weather that can include snow storms, heavy snowfall, and sub-zero temperatures. Especially in Montreal, Canada's third most popular city to visit, but also one of its coldest, March can be wet and frigid rather than mild and sunny. March is low season for visitors to Montreal (except for during school March Break), so lots of hotels offer great deals and there is wonderful spring skiing at nearby mountain resorts like Mont Tremblant.

If you have the proper clothing, including waterproof footwear, you can still enjoy walking Old Montreal's cobblestone streets and visiting many of the city's most popular attractions in March, but drinks on the patio may be out of the picture.

Montreal Weather in March

If you don't mind cold weather and possibly a major snow storm, then March may be to your liking. Montreal in March is for a more hardy traveller; the more delicate traveller should look West to Vancouver or Victoria. The average temperature hovers around freezing at 30 F with the high hitting just 36 F and the low dipping to a frigid 19 F. You can also expect rain (or frozen sleet) about five to seven days in March.

What to Pack

Montreal has cold, snowy winters. The sub-zero temperatures feel colder because of the wind chill factor. But, temperatures are not necessarily unpleasant if you're prepared. Visitors to Montreal in March should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Warm spells have been known to happen. Pack clothing that can be layered such as long sleeve shirts, sweaters / sweatshirts, and a heavy winter jacket or waterproof vest. You'll also want to wear closed-toe, comfortable waterproof shoes, and boots.

If you see rain or snow in the forecast, throw in an umbrella or snow gear.

March Events in Montreal

There are tons of activities happening in March in Montreal for those who can brave the weather.

March Travel Tips

  • Public schools have their winter break (also called March Break) during one of the weeks in March—the week varies by province—so if you are planning a trip in March, be prepared for busier than usual hotels and attractions.
  • One big draw to Quebec in March is that it is sugar shack season. Starting in February, as temperatures begin to rise and maple sugar starts to run, which means local maple syrup producers welcome visitors to learn how the sweet, sticky condiment is made and sample it straight up or as part of meal.