Winter meetings are wonderful in Montréal
Montréal sparkles in the winter. And just like every other season, Montréalers embrace the weather, enjoying the stylish cafés and mouth-watering restaurants, taking in the city’s cultural offerings, cross-country skiing the city’s streets or group sledding down the closest hill. And with our world-class venues and accommodations, it’s also a perfect time for unforgettable meetings and events. Bundle up: here’s just a few things your attendees will adore about the winter wonderland that is Montréal!
Catch the glow of Old Montréal
Old Montréal turns into a real-life snowglobe on the banks of the St. Lawrence River every winter, with eye-popping installations putting a vibrant spotlight on the area’s living, breathing history. Aura transforms the Notre-Dame Basilica into an awe-inspiring lightshow while the ghostly Cité Memoire tells the tales of the city after sunset via groundbreaking projections. Amongst the fashion-savvy boutique shops beloved by the area’s startup whizzes and designers (like the world-renowned, trend-setting SSENSE), cutting-edge venues like the forward-thinking Centre Phi, the historical museum complex Pointe-à-Callière and the Montréal Science Centre offer space for meetings big and small, while hotels like the Hotel William Gray, Hotel Place d’Armes, Hotel Le Saint James and Le Saint Sulpice Hôtel guarantee that VIP touch. For those restful moments, some of the city’s most “Instagrammable” cafes – like Tommy, Crew, MELK and Le Petit Dep – await with hot drinks and cozy nooks aplenty. Perched above it all, the views from La Grande roue de Montréal will leave them breathless. And did we mention the entire quartier is basically a #selfie goldmine?
A snow-capped peak in the heart of the city
Simply put, Mount Royal is the city’s pride and joy. Landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame, Mount Royal is bustling all winter long with walkers, hikers, skiers skaters and sledders. Les amis de la montagne offer exciting programming throughout the year, and the winter months are no exception with fun group activities like cross-skiing lessons and guided snowshoeing excursions. Your guests will also love some hot chocolate in front of the fireplace at the Mount Royal Chalet, backed by spectacular views of the city.
A festival city 12 months a year
Montréal is world renowned for its packed annual schedule of festivals, and it takes more than a little snow to keep us from going all year long. The twinkling stars and lights of Montréal en lumière transforms the Quartier des spectacles entertainment district into a neon paradise under snow, while Nuit Blanche keeps the cultural venues across the city open all night long. And maybe coolest of all, Igloofest brings some of the world’s biggest DJs to an outdoor stage, where revelers in ski suits and woolly costumes dance the night away.
There’s nothing like a good meal to keep one feeling warm and content, and Montréal’s gastronomy scene is one of North America’s best – and for good reason! With a knack for fine French dining to international cuisines (and don’t forget tasty Québecois cuisine too), your attendees’ tummies will thrill to the gourmet delights and food events awaiting them in neighbourhoods across the city like the Plateau Mont-Royal, Little Italy and the Mile End.
Views for days
We’ve already mentioned Old Montréa’s Grande roue ferris wheel (and it bears repeating that its heated gondolas offer some of the city’s best vistas), but there’s more views where that came from. Whether from Mount Royal, the top of the city’s iconic Olympic Stadium’s Montréal Tower or the Observatoire Place Ville-Marie, there’s bird’s eye views sure to leave an impression.
Explore an Underground City
Some of Montréal’s busiest winter spots aren’t up above looking over the city, but beneath your feet in the 32 kilometres (20 miles) long Underground City network of shops, office towers, universities and hotels known as the RÉSO. While we love the snow in Montréal, we also love the ability to walk from one end of downtown to the other while shopping and snacking before heading back out for more winter fun.
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