We all know how cold Quebec weather can be,
but Old Montreal has something to warm your heart.

When the snow falls, this historic district transforms itself to make way for festivities. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family adventure, don your tuques and mittens, and let us guide you through the many activities you won’t want to miss this winter. Your stay is sure to be a memorable one.

Top 5 things to do as a couple, with friends or family

Old Montreal is charming, picturesque, dynamic and friendly, even in winter!


Skating on the Tranquille esplanade or in the Old Port:

Located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, the Esplanade Tranquille refrigerated ice rink can accommodate up to 400 visitors. It’s open to all and free of charge. On the Old Port side, you’ll find another skating area directly beneath the Ferris Wheel. No skates? No problem! In both cases, you can rent equipment for the whole family on site. From early morning until late evening, take a few laps around the ice while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city.


What you need to know ❆

Esplanade Tranquille: – Access to skating rink (free for all)
· Skate rentals ($13.05 or $10 for children 13 and under)
· Helmet and skater rack rental ($5.22)
· Padlock rental for lockers provided ($5.22)

Old Port of Montréal: – Access to skating rink ($10 or free for children 6 and under)
· Skate rental
· Free lockers



Discover the Montreal skyline aboard the Giant Ferris Wheel

The Montreal Giant Ferris Wheel is the highest installation of its kind in Canada, allowing you to contemplate the metropolis 60 metres in the air. Climb aboard one of the 42 specially-designed, temperature-controlled cabins to enjoy the exceptional panorama even in winter, day and night. Perhaps you’d also like to break bread or warm up with a hot chocolate in the café bistro at the foot of the Giant Ferris Wheel?



What you need to know ❆

Montreal Giant Ferris Wheel: – Purchase of individual tickets, private cabins, VIP cabins or family packages


Snow tubing and snowshoeing on Mount Royal

Weather permitting, the Mount Royal tubing park is a must. Built on the shores of Beaver Lake, these are the park’s only official tobogganing corridors. Prefer to hike in the forest? Book and rent your snowshoes (available at the Hôtel InterContinental Montréal) and enjoy the snow in the great outdoors.



What you need to know ❆

Snowshoe trekking : — Snowshoe rentals at the Hôtel InterContinental Montréal for hotel guests
($15 for a half-day or $25 for a full day)
· Suggested hiking itineraries provided by Hôtel InterContinental Montréal



Light Therapy Pathway

Come to the Place des Festivals for an extraordinary illuminated experience. Follow the path illuminated by interactive works in celebration of light, sound and movement. Luminothérapie is an original outdoor exhibition, free and open to all.



What you need to know ❆

Light therapy : — Free access for all
· Open daily from November 30, 2023 to March 10, 2024



Visit the Montreal Christmas Market

During the holiday season, Old Montreal is transformed into a veritable Christmas market, where artisans and creators display their works. In addition to a rich musical and theatrical program, the event brings together original finds, local delicacies and entertainment for all.



What you need to know ❆

Christmas Market : – Open from November 25 to December 30, 2023 on the Place des Festivals
· Free access for all
· More than 54 Quebec artisans present
· Over 150 free events

BONUS. Chalet Package Stay

We’re sure you won’t have enough time to do it all, see it all, enjoy it all! As a bonus, we suggest you extend your stay by booking a room at the Hotel InterContinental Montréal. With its central location in Old Montreal, just a few metro stops from downtown, and access to underground parking, the hotel offers you a warm, comfortable and elegant retreat after so many outdoor activities. Enjoy the spacious units, health club and indoor pool, family restaurant, trendy bar and spectacular views of the metropolis. What’s more, the hotel pampers you with its “Chalet Package” including snowshoe rentals, seasonal treats, ice wine, personalized hats and discounted prices at La Cordée store.


In winter, Old Montreal offers a unique experience, packed with exciting activities for all tastes. Whether you’re a couple, a family, a group of friends or simply looking for a solo adventure, this historic district will delight you with its winter magic.