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Montréal is as captivating in winter as at other times of the year. Great shopping, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife and an abundance of colorful history – all with a French flair – are a given, while the Christmas lights in downtown Montréal add an extra sparkle to any visit. Magical wintertime experiences include exploring the cobbled, snow-covered streets of Old Montréal in a horse-drawn carriage, snuggled under a cozy blanket, and from the summit of Mont-Royal, absorbing the heady view that extends to the distant Appalachian Mountains. Or, rent some skates and join the locals, skating on Mont-Royal Park’s Beaver Lake. If the outside ...

Montréal is as captivating in winter as at other times of the year. Great shopping, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife and an abundance of colorful history – all with a French flair – are a given, while the Christmas lights in downtown Montréal add an extra sparkle to any visit. Magical wintertime experiences include exploring the cobbled, snow-covered streets of Old Montréal in a horse-drawn carriage, snuggled under a cozy blanket, and from the summit of Mont-Royal, absorbing the heady view that extends to the distant Appalachian Mountains. Or, rent some skates and join the locals, skating on Mont-Royal Park’s Beaver Lake. If the outside temperature is a little too brisk, visit the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Musée d’art contemporain. Two festivals underline Montréalers’ joie de vivre. The Fête des Neiges is a huge outdoor festival, offering tube sliding, ice skating, snow-sculpting and outdoor shows, while Montréal en Lumière (Montreal High Lights) is a more sophisticated affair. A celebration of the culinary arts, the performing arts and the city’s stunning illuminations, it captures the essence of Montréal perfectly.

Joanna Ebbutt
About the Expert

Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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