Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Attractions: 2018 Season

  • 01 of 08

    Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Attractions: January to February 2018

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include the following activities, sports and festivals.
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    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.

  • 02 of 08

    Skating

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include its long skating rink.
    Photo by Flickr user Lima Pix (CC BY 2.0)

    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.

  • 03 of 08

    Dog Sledding

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include dog sledding.
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    Since its introduction in January 2012, Montreal dog sledding has become part of Montreal's winter landscape, a rare and unique chance to experience a deep north tradition in an urban centre. Details.

  • 04 of 08

    Inner Tubing

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include snow tubing.
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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.

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  • 05 of 08

    Kicksledding

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include kicksledding.
    Image courtesy of LaGlisse.ca

    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.

  • 06 of 08

    Snowshoe Tours

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include snowshoeing tours.
    Philippe Henry / Getty Images

    A similar format to Montreal's evening forest treks but instead offered during the day, guided snowshoe tour through Parc Jean-Drapeau are held on Sundays January 21 through February 11, 2017 and offered free of charge by the nearby Stewart Museum. 

  • 07 of 08

    Cross Country Skiing

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions and activities incldue cross country skiing.
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    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. 

  • 08 of 08

    Parc Jean-Drapeau Winter Attractions: Fête des Neiges

    Parc Jean-Drapeau winter attractions include Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges.
    Photo © Clint Lewis

    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.