Written by Gemma Cocomello on 09.02.16

For all of you active and outdoorsy types: Montreal is a winter-wonderland! Yes, we complain about the cold and the snow and that the terraces are closed, but the beauty of living in this city is taking advantage of all the various activities each season has to offer. Even during the coldest of days, Montreal never shuts down! You just have to embrace Mother Nature and show her that you’re ready for what she has to offer. While many of us consider drinking indoors and enjoying a nice hot chocolate in front of a fireplace as an activity (and rightfully so), here are some more adventurous options you can enjoy during the remaining winter months, or at least when you’re out of booze. And you won’t have to travel so far to do any of these!


doggsledding montreal

Perfect for dog-lovers and those who like to think outside of the box, head to Parc Jean Drapeau to experience dogsledding! What’s great about dogsledding is that you can do a 10-minute introductory run for around $10-$16 per person. If you like it (which we’re sure you will), choose between 30 to 60 minutes. Various packages are offered and reservations are required! Don’t miss your chance to try this cool activity! Click here to see the rates and package information.

1 circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal QC, H3C 1A9
(514) 872-6120

Snow Tubing

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If you went to elementary school in Montreal, the chances are very high that you took a field trip to go tubing! It was better than being stuck in a boring math class all day. This activity is great for the entire family! Parents will enjoy tubing just as much as the kids. Safe and not too physical, tubing can even satisfy those who are allergic to winter fun. Tube rentals are inexpensive and packages can be purchased. Tubing can be done at various locations, like Parc Jean Drapeau, Parc du Mont Royal, and the Olympic Winter Village!


showshoe montreal

One of the fastest growing winter sports, this is an activity that’ll make you feel truly Canadian! Snowshoeing is great for those who want to try something different. What was once a necessary mode of transportation has now become a popular winter sport. It’s perfect for those who have visitors coming in from out of town and who love to take a good hike. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and there’s no way anyone can get injured. This activity is also at Parc Jean Drapeau; click here to view the schedules and rates.

1 circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal QC, H3C 1A9
(514) 872-6120

Ice Skating

ice skating montreal

An activity that can be done indoors or outdoors, during the day or at night, ice skating is quite popular in Montreal. Whether you’re a pro or still mastering the art of not falling on your behind, ice skating is always entertaining. You can control how fast or slow you want to go and decide which impressive moves you want to show off, as long as no one gets hurt, of course! Depending on the time you go, the rinks can get very crowded, so be mindful and remember that you will never be the only one on the ice. You can rent skates or bring your own. Montreal’s most popular skating rink is Atrium le 1000, located downtown. Check out the rates and more information here. You can also skate outdoors at the Bonsecours Bassin; click here for info and rates! Mesmerize everyone on the ice before the season ends.

Forest Treks

forest trek montreal

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or just looking for a fun and educational activity, try one of Montreal’s forest treks! Usually in the evening, trekkers are guided on foot, snowshoe, or cross country skis by a naturalist who will educate them about their surroundings. It’s the perfect way to enjoy and learn about some of Montreal’s great parks and see them in a completely different view. Some treks include après-ski activities, storytelling, live music, and beverages. Forest Treks have something for everyone! Reservations are required and like all winter activities, don’t forget to dress warmly! You can try out Mount Royal Park’s Evening Treks, Parc Jean Drapeau’s Snowshoe ToursBois de l’Île Bizard’s Evening Forest Treks, and Bois-de-Liesse’s Evening Forest Treks.

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