Montreal Spring 2017: The Events, The Weather, The Coping Strategies
Spring is an elusive season in Montreal. Teasing residents with a hint of sun and snow melt in March, many of us are fooled into baring a little skin for a week, maybe two, thinking "oh, but this year will be different."
Meanwhile, Mother Nature usually has other plans, exploring all 50 shades of her inner grey as she follows up a warm and sunny spring day with a sadistically subzero relapse before March is up. And even then, April in Montreal is still fair game for a final freeze or snowfall as buds patiently stand by, foreshadowing their eventual bloom by early May.
So. How do we cope?
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To counter the climatological powers that be, Montreal proposes a plethora of spring events that follow the season's slow, gradual onset, reminding locals while illuminating visitors that in spite of copious social media and in-person grumbling over the weather, it's gonna take a lot more than a temperature dip to get a Montrealer down.
Among the season's main attractions is the Montreal Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free, a chance to share space with thousands of butterflies.
Later in spring involves the Montreal Croissant Festival, the one day of the year where croissants at dozen of participating bakeries are sold for as little as one dollar.
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I've yet to meet someone, ANYONE, who did not love this experience.
Just a word of warning. It might involve indigestion. And vegetarians might want to look away.
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Montreal Spring Holidays
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Planning Your Stay
Worried that it will still be cold out when you arrive? Not a problem. Try one of these perfectly-situated hotels. They'll keep you strategically sheltered from the elements.
Design-minded? Try one of these top-rated boutique hotels in Montreal.
Heading to a conference at Palais des congrès. You'll love this list of the best Montreal hotels near the convention centre.
And if you're craving a taste of Europe, try one of these Old Montreal hotels.