2012 Montreal Winter Festival – Fête des Neiges

by / Tuesday, 10 January 2012 / Published in Montreal

Looking for things to do in Montreal this winter? Like wizzing down zip-lines, tube sledding and ice skating? Montreal’s winter festival is one of the city’s largest outdoor winter events and offers lots of great activities for both children and adults.


Montreal’s winter festival, or Fête des Neiges de Montréal, will be take place on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm between January 21 and February 5, 2012. The festival is held at Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is 286 hectares of fun for people of all ages. The park has festivals and events, hiking, a biosphere museum of the environment, an amusement park, Formula 1 and Nascar races, a casino, an English garden, a beach, rowing and canoes, an aquatic complex, and much more!

Montreal Winter Festival Activities

The festival is geared towards families but also has activities for adults, in addition to what the park itself has to offer. Festival will include many outdoor winter activities, including skiing, ice skating, a tube slide, horse-drawn sleighrides, a zip line, dogsled rides, giant human foosball, a winter housing village, snow sculptures and a climbing tower. Some of the activities are free and some require paying a fee. Visitors should also note that many of the activities are for families and some can be closed due to weather conditions. You may want to check the festival website to see what is open before you go.

Check out this Montreal winter festival video by Tourism Montréal:

How to Get to the Montreal Winter Festival

Take the Metro Yellow Line to Jean-Drapeau Station. Check the park’s website for details on how to get there by car, bicycle or in-line skates!

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