Taylor-Montreal

Old Montreal during winter in Quebec

Montreal, located in the French Canadian province of Quebec is a magical place to visit in Eastern Canada during winter.

Whether you are traveling around Canada, venturing through the Northeast of North America or are looking for a weekend getaway from the Tri-State or New England area, there is so much culture to immerse yourself in Montreal.

During Martin Luther King Weekend in January 2016, I took the 5.5-hour road trip from Northern New Jersey to Montreal to meet my friend who was on a work trip there.

The city of Montreal, Quebec during winter

One of the cool aspects about Montreal is that it is the world’s second largest French-speaking city behind Paris, France. (Quebec City is also a wonderful French Canadian city to visit in the province.)

I absolutely loved Montreal, Quebec and found it to be a wonderful winter city to visit that is filled with beauty, culture, friendly locals and great food!

Discover everything to do during a trip to Montreal in the wintertime.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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The best things to do in Montreal, Quebec in Winter

Traveling to and around Montreal:

Winter fun in Montreal, Quebec

Getting to Montreal could be done by doing a road trip, taking a train or flying. If you plan to take a road trip, I recommend renting a car if you do not want to put miles on your own vehicle.

Montreal is 2 hours south of Quebec City; 2 hours east of Ottawa; 5.5-hours east of Toronto; 6 hours north of New York City and 5 hours north of Boston.

If you are looking to fly into Montreal, you could find great deals on Expedia or CheapAir.com. The local airport in the Montreal area is Montreal–Trudeau International Airport.

When you are actually in Montreal, I do not recommend driving because it is a rather large city and there is a lot of traffic. If you are traveling in the winter, there will also most likely be a lot of snow or ice because Montreal, Quebec is located on the Snowbelt of North America.

In that case, I recommend walking (if possible), taking a cab or hauling an Uber or Lyft. In addition, Montreal also has one of the best metro systems in the world that you should definitely check out! Click here to learn more about how Montreal’s subway system works.

Where to Stay in Montreal:

An old building in Montreal, Quebec during winter

During our winter trip in Montreal, Quebec, my friend and I stayed at a great mid-budget hotel in downtown called Hotel Omni Mont Royal, across from the famous McGill University.

What I loved about this hotel was that it was in walking distance to Montreal’s buzzing area, Crescent Street. Our hotel room also had beautiful views of Montreal’s famous mountain Mont Royal!

Besides Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, there are plenty of other wonderful hotels for all budgets in Montreal as well as great Airbnb and Vrbo options! There are also a variety of hostels to choose from as well.

Things to do in Montreal, Quebec during Winter:

A woman enjoying Canadian bacon in Montreal

Montreal is an inland port where the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers meet.

Unlike the capital of the province, Quebec City, Montreal is more modern, but still features an old part of town that has original architecture and cobblestoned streets. There are also plenty of places to truly experience the French Canadian culture of Quebec.

During my winter weekend in Montreal, Quebec, it snowed, making the city look like a magical winter wonderland.

Even though it was snowy, that didn’t stop us from exploring the city and having fun! Here are the top things we did in Montreal:

Experience the Liveliness of Crescent Street:

Two women having fun on Crescent Street in Montreal, Quebec during winter

Lined with beautiful brownstone buildings and cobblestone alleyways, Crescent Street offers some of Montreal’s most renowned restaurants, cafés, bars, music halls and nightclubs.

Enjoy a Delicious Dinner: Located on Crescent Street is a lovely French-Italian restaurant called L’Académie.

This cute eatery is located in one of Crescent Street’s beautiful brownstones. Inside, it is super posh and cozy and the food is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed a wonderful penne rosa dish with delicious Canadian wine.

Visit a Live Jazz Bar: Jazz music is a popular staple in Montreal. In fact, the city holds a big jazz festival in the summertime!

During one of the nights we were in Montreal, we grabbed dinner and drinks at Sir Winston Churchill Pub. It is here where you could listen to Montreal’s best live jazz bands. It is such a fun place!

Relax at a Pub: In addition to grabbing drinks at Sir Winston Churchill Pub, there are a ton of other great bars in and around Crescent Street.

A wonderful Belgian craft beer place that we enjoyed was The Bier Markt. It is here where you could grab a ton of different flavored beers.

Dance the Night Away at a Club: During our time in Montreal, my friend and I wanted to experience the nightclub scene in one of the gorgeous brownstone homes.

Jet Night Club features a few stories of different dance floors and plays some of the best music you want to hear when you are out. We had such a great time dancing the night away.

Savor the French Canadian Delicacy ~ Poutine:

Vegetarian poutine from Montreal, Quebec

One of the first things my friend and I did during our winter getaway in Montreal, Quebec was try poutine!

This delicious speciality is made with potatoes or French fries topped with light brown gravy, cheese curds and it could be added with vegetables, meat or seafood. It is the perfect dish to warm up to in the middle of winter!

When we were in Montreal, we were recommended a great restaurant called La Banquise that specializes in more than 30 different kinds of poutine. I savored a delicious vegetarian poutine and it was just as amazing as it sounds!

(If you are looking for the best poutine, it is recommended to get it in Montreal. Quebec City has good poutine too, but I thought Montreal offered better restaurant options for this Canadian delicacy.)

Stroll through Old Montreal:

Old Montreal during winter in Quebec

I absolutely loved Old Montreal or Vieux-Montréal! This magical area features stunning architecture and cobblestone streets that have been maintained and restored dating back to its earliest days.

Being able to see this area in a snowstorm definitely made Old Montreal even dreamier!

St. Paul’s Street is where you will find amazing restaurants, cute shops, cozy cafés and so much more to enjoy during winter in Montreal, Quebec!

One of the best ways to explore Montreal is by participating in a walking or bike tour!

Visit the Beautiful Cathedrals:

A cathedral in Montreal

Located throughout Montreal are some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals. These old world religious sites are a must-see when you are visiting the city and resemble many churches and cathedrals in Europe.

The first church we visited was the timeless Christ Church Cathedral on St. Catherine’s Street.

The second cathedral we saw during our winter trip in Montreal, Quebec was the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame. This gorgeous cathedral features stained glass, which depicts scenes of the religious history of Montreal, instead of traditional biblical scenes.

Taste Canadian Maple Syrup:

Maple tasting in Montreal

Since Montreal is known for its oh-so-delicious Canadian maple syrup, we stopped into an adorable café and shop that offers numerous maple syrup items. This amazing place is called Delices Erable & Cie!

On the day we went to this awesome place, they were offering maple tastings of different syrups, butter, jams, mustard and other specialties. It was seriously one of the most amazing food tastings I’ve done and I definitely recommend it for everyone visiting Montreal.

I ended up buying several bottles of maple syrup as well as my favorite maple butter to bring home and enjoy with my breakfast in the morning.

Go Ice Skating in Montreal:

A woman ice skating

One of the top active things to do during a winter escape to Montreal, Quebec is go ice skating. Below are the best ice skating rinks in Montreal:

  • Parc La Fontaine
  • Old Port Skating Rink
  • Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier
  • Beaver Lake at Mont Royal

If you’re a winter sports lover and have extra time during your trip, definitely enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing at Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains.

You could also enjoy other fun winter adventures such as snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh riding at Mont-Tremblant!

Mont-Tremblant Resort is around an hour and a half drive from Montreal.

Shop Your Heart Out in Montreal:

A woman shopping during winter in Montreal, Quebec

Not only are the food and sights great to experience in Montreal, so is the shopping!

Located on Rue Ste Catherine are big brand stores, adorable shops and boutiques as well as souvenir stands. Here, you can even walk down the street to the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to shopping on Rue Ste Catherine, Montreal has an epic underground mall, commonly referred to as the Underground City! The name also refers to the underground connections between the buildings that compose the network, in addition to the network’s complete integration with the city’s entirely underground rapid transit system.

Located in the Underground City are high-end shops, restaurants and so much more! It is definitely a place you cannot skip out on during a winter trip to Montreal, Quebec.

Hike or Drive up to Mont Royal:

Mont Royal during a Montreal, Quebec winter

During our last morning in Montreal, we grabbed some coffee at the famous Tim Horton’s and made our way over to Mont Royal, the iconic mountain from our hotel room that overlooks the entire city.

This beautiful park offers great hiking trails and amazing views! During autumn, Mont Royal features some of the best fall foliage you will experience and in the wintertime, you could spot views of the snowcapped Laurentian Mountains from a distance. It is the perfect place to get your nature fix in Montreal.


A woman enjoying winter in Montreal, Quebec

I hope you all enjoyed reading about what to do during the winter in Montreal, Quebec, Canada!

If you have any questions about my time in Montreal or Canada in general, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

What to do in the Winter in Montreal, Quebec

Basic Facts of Canada:

Currency: Canadian Dollar, Capital: Ottawa, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Taylor-Montreal

Old Montreal during winter in Quebec

Montreal, located in the French Canadian province of Quebec is a magical place to visit in Eastern Canada during winter.

Whether you are traveling around Canada, venturing through the Northeast of North America or are looking for a weekend getaway from the Tri-State or New England area, there is so much culture to immerse yourself in Montreal.

During Martin Luther King Weekend in January 2016, I took the 5.5-hour road trip from Northern New Jersey to Montreal to meet my friend who was on a work trip there.

The city of Montreal, Quebec during winter

One of the cool aspects about Montreal is that it is the world’s second largest French-speaking city behind Paris, France. (Quebec City is also a wonderful French Canadian city to visit in the province.)

I absolutely loved Montreal, Quebec and found it to be a wonderful winter city to visit that is filled with beauty, culture, friendly locals and great food!

Discover everything to do during a trip to Montreal in the wintertime.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

The best things to do in Montreal, Quebec in Winter

Traveling to and around Montreal:

Winter fun in Montreal, Quebec

Getting to Montreal could be done by doing a road trip, taking a train or flying. If you plan to take a road trip, I recommend renting a car if you do not want to put miles on your own vehicle.

Montreal is 2 hours south of Quebec City; 2 hours east of Ottawa; 5.5-hours east of Toronto; 6 hours north of New York City and 5 hours north of Boston.

If you are looking to fly into Montreal, you could find great deals on Expedia or CheapAir.com. The local airport in the Montreal area is Montreal–Trudeau International Airport.

When you are actually in Montreal, I do not recommend driving because it is a rather large city and there is a lot of traffic. If you are traveling in the winter, there will also most likely be a lot of snow or ice because Montreal, Quebec is located on the Snowbelt of North America.

In that case, I recommend walking (if possible), taking a cab or hauling an Uber or Lyft. In addition, Montreal also has one of the best metro systems in the world that you should definitely check out! Click here to learn more about how Montreal’s subway system works.

Where to Stay in Montreal:

An old building in Montreal, Quebec during winter

During our winter trip in Montreal, Quebec, my friend and I stayed at a great mid-budget hotel in downtown called Hotel Omni Mont Royal, across from the famous McGill University.

What I loved about this hotel was that it was in walking distance to Montreal’s buzzing area, Crescent Street. Our hotel room also had beautiful views of Montreal’s famous mountain Mont Royal!

Besides Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, there are plenty of other wonderful hotels for all budgets in Montreal as well as great Airbnb and Vrbo options! There are also a variety of hostels to choose from as well.

Things to do in Montreal, Quebec during Winter:

A woman enjoying Canadian bacon in Montreal

Montreal is an inland port where the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers meet.

Unlike the capital of the province, Quebec City, Montreal is more modern, but still features an old part of town that has original architecture and cobblestoned streets. There are also plenty of places to truly experience the French Canadian culture of Quebec.

During my winter weekend in Montreal, Quebec, it snowed, making the city look like a magical winter wonderland.

Even though it was snowy, that didn’t stop us from exploring the city and having fun! Here are the top things we did in Montreal:

Experience the Liveliness of Crescent Street:

Two women having fun on Crescent Street in Montreal, Quebec during winter

Lined with beautiful brownstone buildings and cobblestone alleyways, Crescent Street offers some of Montreal’s most renowned restaurants, cafés, bars, music halls and nightclubs.

Enjoy a Delicious Dinner: Located on Crescent Street is a lovely French-Italian restaurant called L’Académie.

This cute eatery is located in one of Crescent Street’s beautiful brownstones. Inside, it is super posh and cozy and the food is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed a wonderful penne rosa dish with delicious Canadian wine.

Visit a Live Jazz Bar: Jazz music is a popular staple in Montreal. In fact, the city holds a big jazz festival in the summertime!

During one of the nights we were in Montreal, we grabbed dinner and drinks at Sir Winston Churchill Pub. It is here where you could listen to Montreal’s best live jazz bands. It is such a fun place!

Relax at a Pub: In addition to grabbing drinks at Sir Winston Churchill Pub, there are a ton of other great bars in and around Crescent Street.

A wonderful Belgian craft beer place that we enjoyed was The Bier Markt. It is here where you could grab a ton of different flavored beers.

Dance the Night Away at a Club: During our time in Montreal, my friend and I wanted to experience the nightclub scene in one of the gorgeous brownstone homes.

Jet Night Club features a few stories of different dance floors and plays some of the best music you want to hear when you are out. We had such a great time dancing the night away.

Savor the French Canadian Delicacy ~ Poutine:

Vegetarian poutine from Montreal, Quebec

One of the first things my friend and I did during our winter getaway in Montreal, Quebec was try poutine!

This delicious speciality is made with potatoes or French fries topped with light brown gravy, cheese curds and it could be added with vegetables, meat or seafood. It is the perfect dish to warm up to in the middle of winter!

When we were in Montreal, we were recommended a great restaurant called La Banquise that specializes in more than 30 different kinds of poutine. I savored a delicious vegetarian poutine and it was just as amazing as it sounds!

(If you are looking for the best poutine, it is recommended to get it in Montreal. Quebec City has good poutine too, but I thought Montreal offered better restaurant options for this Canadian delicacy.)

Stroll through Old Montreal:

Old Montreal during winter in Quebec

I absolutely loved Old Montreal or Vieux-Montréal! This magical area features stunning architecture and cobblestone streets that have been maintained and restored dating back to its earliest days.

Being able to see this area in a snowstorm definitely made Old Montreal even dreamier!

St. Paul’s Street is where you will find amazing restaurants, cute shops, cozy cafés and so much more to enjoy during winter in Montreal, Quebec!

One of the best ways to explore Montreal is by participating in a walking or bike tour!

Visit the Beautiful Cathedrals:

A cathedral in Montreal

Located throughout Montreal are some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals. These old world religious sites are a must-see when you are visiting the city and resemble many churches and cathedrals in Europe.

The first church we visited was the timeless Christ Church Cathedral on St. Catherine’s Street.

The second cathedral we saw during our winter trip in Montreal, Quebec was the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame. This gorgeous cathedral features stained glass, which depicts scenes of the religious history of Montreal, instead of traditional biblical scenes.

Taste Canadian Maple Syrup:

Maple tasting in Montreal

Since Montreal is known for its oh-so-delicious Canadian maple syrup, we stopped into an adorable café and shop that offers numerous maple syrup items. This amazing place is called Delices Erable & Cie!

On the day we went to this awesome place, they were offering maple tastings of different syrups, butter, jams, mustard and other specialties. It was seriously one of the most amazing food tastings I’ve done and I definitely recommend it for everyone visiting Montreal.

I ended up buying several bottles of maple syrup as well as my favorite maple butter to bring home and enjoy with my breakfast in the morning.

Go Ice Skating in Montreal:

A woman ice skating

One of the top active things to do during a winter escape to Montreal, Quebec is go ice skating. Below are the best ice skating rinks in Montreal:

  • Parc La Fontaine
  • Old Port Skating Rink
  • Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier
  • Beaver Lake at Mont Royal

If you’re a winter sports lover and have extra time during your trip, definitely enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing at Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains.

You could also enjoy other fun winter adventures such as snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh riding at Mont-Tremblant!

Mont-Tremblant Resort is around an hour and a half drive from Montreal.

Shop Your Heart Out in Montreal:

A woman shopping during winter in Montreal, Quebec

Not only are the food and sights great to experience in Montreal, so is the shopping!

Located on Rue Ste Catherine are big brand stores, adorable shops and boutiques as well as souvenir stands. Here, you can even walk down the street to the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to shopping on Rue Ste Catherine, Montreal has an epic underground mall, commonly referred to as the Underground City! The name also refers to the underground connections between the buildings that compose the network, in addition to the network’s complete integration with the city’s entirely underground rapid transit system.

Located in the Underground City are high-end shops, restaurants and so much more! It is definitely a place you cannot skip out on during a winter trip to Montreal, Quebec.

Hike or Drive up to Mont Royal:

Mont Royal during a Montreal, Quebec winter

During our last morning in Montreal, we grabbed some coffee at the famous Tim Horton’s and made our way over to Mont Royal, the iconic mountain from our hotel room that overlooks the entire city.

This beautiful park offers great hiking trails and amazing views! During autumn, Mont Royal features some of the best fall foliage you will experience and in the wintertime, you could spot views of the snowcapped Laurentian Mountains from a distance. It is the perfect place to get your nature fix in Montreal.


A woman enjoying winter in Montreal, Quebec

I hope you all enjoyed reading about what to do during the winter in Montreal, Quebec, Canada!

If you have any questions about my time in Montreal or Canada in general, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

What to do in the Winter in Montreal, Quebec

Basic Facts of Canada:

Currency: Canadian Dollar, Capital: Ottawa, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

Shop my Montreal Look:

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