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Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Attractions: January to February 2018
Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Activities: 2018 Season
Parc Jean-Drapeau, arguably Montreal's most eclectic attraction, tends to calm itself down by the time winter rolls around. La Ronde's thrill rides close up until spring, the beach is obviously off limits, and Parc Jean-Drapeau's festival season—think Osheaga and ÎleSoniq—is more or less buried under a pile of snow, with the grand exception of one major family attraction: Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges.
And courtesy of Fête des neiges, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland for four weekends every January and February. In 2018, the snow festival runs weekends only from January 20 to February 11, 2018 and features a slew of free and modestly-priced activities, including the following winter favorites.
Note that activities are subject to weather constraints. Check Parc Jean-Drapeau conditions online before heading out to make sure your activity of choice is in operation the day of your visit. Also note that some activities—notably dog sledding—require reservations.
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Parc Jean-Drapeau's pop-up skating area is arguably one of Montreal’s most picturesque.
Its charm? The view. First, you're skating through woods. Next, you're gliding by the St. Lawrence River. But blink and you'll miss your chance to skate its 1.5 kilometre long icy surface.
Ice paths carved throughout Parc Jean-Drapeau's wooded areas are maintained and equipment rental-serviced only for a short time in January and February, the duration of Fête des neiges.
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Who doesn’t have a soft spot for inner tubing? This is probably Parc Jean-Drapeau's most popular winter attraction, at least with the tots. To access the hill and rent an inner tube, users must pay $16 for an ACCROPASSE (it's free for ages 4 and under). Sounds expensive, but the pass lasts for the entirety of Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges, it comes with a bunch of benefits AND it grants access to all of them for the 8 days of the snow fest. More on that here.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Think dog sledding... minus the dogs. Instead, you propel the kicksled forward like you would a toy scooter. And you can fit a little one on a chair positioned in the front of the kicksled. In 2018, free parent-child kicksled races are offered every day of Fête des neiges.
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Cross Country Skiing
The thing with cross-country skiing at Parc Jean-Drapeau is you either love the scenery and feel exhilarated. Or you get bored. Case in point? Parc Jean-Drapeau's ''slopes'' are a little too level for my experience level and daredevil tastes but these are fantastic trails for families and beginners.
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Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Attractions: Fête des Neiges
Perhaps THE Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attraction to beat them all, Fête des neiges proposes a slew of free family-friendly activities, shows and events. Others cost a modest fee.