Montreal sacrifices no style, romance or thrill during the winter season.
Canadian winters (even among Canadians) evoke feelings of dread and terror- but this doesn’t mean your love life has to suffer. On the contrary, Montreal remains the ideal date spot regardless of the weather!
Whether you’re looking for some wild entertainment or a chic resto-bar, Montreal has every taste and price-range covered.
Activities & Entertainment
Something Classic and Romantic: Ice Skating
Take advantage of the fact the entire city is frozen over. Ice skating rinks pop up everywhere from parks to college campuses! It’s worthwhile to hit some of these key, romantic hot spots during the colder months!
The Old Port skating rink at Bonaventure lights up at night with music, hot cocoa and a breathtaking skyline view of the city. (Fee: $6.95, offers rentals and blade sharpening)
Another great skating spot is at Parc La Fontaine! The lights go up when the lake freezes over, creating a magical atmosphere for an evening date! (Fee: free, offers rentals and blade sharpening)
Tip: La Banquise (Montreal’s famous gourmet poutine shop) is right around the corner from Parc La Fontaine and is open 24/7! Check out their creative takes on the classic Montreal poutine!
Something Fun and Exciting: Montreal en Lumiere
This winter carnival is a highlight of the season! The outdoor event is free and offers Ferris wheel rides, zip lines, sledding, live performances and more (unveiling on February 6th)!
Not to mention the extensive show line up, fine dining and remarkable Nuit Blanche (unveiling on February 13th). Pair this with some hot cider wine and you’ve got yourself a perfect night.
Something Intelligent and Interesting: Musee Des Beaux Arts
The art gallery is expansive and admission is free! Take a walk through one of Canada’s most amazing art collections and enjoy this creative escape from the cold!
Food & Fine Dining
Something Sweet and Charming: Montreal Chocolate Festival: JE T’AIME EN CHOCOLAT!
This delicious festival takes place at Marche Bonsecours from February 10th to 13th. Chocolate fashion shows, chocolate class, chocolate art sculpting and, of course, sweets all around! There’s absolutely no reason to not enjoy this.
Tip: If you want to sit down with your date and satisfy your sweet tooth before then, there’s always the delectable Montreal favorite, Juliette et Chocolate!
Something Entertaining and Delicious: Jazz Bars
From Modavie to House of Jazz, reserving a spot at one of the coveted Montreal jazz resto-bars is delicious, romantic and entertaining! They have live music, a great crowd and the food makes you want to dance, I swear.
Something Funky and Eclectic: Dining with the Artistic Edge
Prime date places for cool and creative dining atmosphere include…
Bird Bar is a classy Saint Henri favorite that serves amazing drinks with a creative twist on bar foods!
Escondite is a Mexican restaurant sporting an artistic and cultural vibe. Definitely an original take on dining out!
E.A.T (the restaurant properly known as Etre Avec Toi) is absolutely amazing and covered in some of Montreal’s most beloved aesthetic- street art.