6 Reasons to Love Winter in Montreal

Winter Cocktails, Snowy Slopes, and Comfort Food

6 Reasons You'll Love Winter in Montreal

Montreal winter can be nothing short of enchanting for visitors. It's almost a shame some locals dread the colder, shorter days—the season can drag on for half of the year, from November to mid-April. Even so, that joie de vivre Montrealers are known for never quite extinguishes itself, and legion are those who enjoy its seasonal sports, winter-themed cuisine and assorted comforts. Below are just a few of the season's finest perks.

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    Montreal winter 2017-2018 events, activities, sports, weather guides and more.
    ••• Photo © Clint Lewis

    This city is on fire in the dead of winter! 

    From outdoor raves in subzero temperatures to restaurant deals to festivals honoring snow, lights or whatever else organizers can pinpoint as a celebratory fixation, this is not the season to stay home and sulk. 

    Au contraire.

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    Montreal winter 2017-2018 events, activities, sports, weather guides and more.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Claude Robillard

    From ice skating to inner tubing, dog sledding to cross country skiing, Montreal serves as an insta worthy backdrop for several winter sports that can be practiced at an assortment of parks across the city.

    Many of these locations also rent out equipment that even tight budgets can afford.

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    Montreal winter 2017-2018 events, activities and must-sees include downhill skiing.
    ••• Above: shot of Mont Saint-Anne's La Crête, a 4km black diamond run. Photo courtesy of Mont Sainte-Anne

    Visitors from Europe, the U.S., and the rest of Canada flock to Quebec for winter skiing, and it's no wonder why. The province claims 80-some alpine ski hills and another 200 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails.

    Add to that a climate that would freeze hell over six months out of the year, and you have an ideal excuse to embrace the ski bum lifestyle. 

    The only thing is there is no downhill skiing IN Montreal. Any article claiming otherwise is click baiting you with the title.

    For a downhill ski day trip, try one of these skill hills one near Montreal. All are open in the evening too so you won't have to wake up at 4 in the morning to get in a decent day's worth of trails.

    For more of a weekend getaway, try these amazing Quebec ski resorts.

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    montreal winter 2014 tea rooms houses
    ••• Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    Tea is good. Sipping carefully brewed oolong picked from the Phoenix Mountain in the Fujian Province of China on a bitter cold Montreal winter's day? Bliss.

    Several area tea shops specialize in exotic and rare brews—pick up some loose leaves to brew at home, or enjoy them in store. Favor a more classic experience? Visit one of the city's many high tea salons, which serve British-style afternoon teas, complete with scones, macarons, and other delicate pastries. 

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    Montreal winter 2017-2018 events, activities and must-sees include visiting a sugar shack.
    ••• Above: maple sap buckets attached to trees for collecting maple syrup circa 1920. Vintage Images / Getty Images

    Did you know that over 70 percent of the world's maple syrup supply originates from Quebec? And though it's exported to 53 countries around the world, no region feasts quite so liberally on the gooey tree nectar as Quebec itself. 

    From February through April, sugar shack meals expand bellies across the province

    Visiting a sugar shack is the quintessential late winter experience in Quebec.

    And perhaps the best part of the seasonal tradition is also the simplest: sampling sweet maple taffy drizzled over snow and twirled onto a popsicle stick. Consider it nature's lollipop. But if you're not careful, it can turn into a virus-swapping bacterial breeding ground

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    7 reasons to love Montreal in the winter? Its food.
    ••• Above: La Banquise's La Dutelon poutine topped with ground beef and onions. Photo by Flickr user Shinya Suzuki (CC BY-ND 2.0)

    Montreal's food scene is out of control any time of the year. 

    But I can't think of a better season to indulge in the city's ridiculous amount of comfort grub, from its poutines, bagels, and smoked meat to multi-course meals in Old Montreal's finest restaurants. Why? It's all in the wardrobe.

    Ate too much? Bloated beyond repair? Bah. Wear a huge sweater. Or hide in your parka. Can't do that in summer clothes.