A few days in Montreal during Winter can go further than expected. It’s a little more difficult to enjoy the walkable city aspect in the cold (with kids) but there are plenty of ways to get around that and not be disappointed. We relaxed a bit also, more than I normally would on a trip and we still managed to knock off quite a few things on my crazy list.

20 Ways to Enjoy a Montreal Winter Adventure

1. I’d recommend a stay at the DoubleTree By Hilton Montreal, for the cookies and ease of access to the subway, the Underground City, Montreal, and the Complexe Desjardins. It was nice being able to park in the Complexe garage, it kept the car warm and it smelled good for some reason. Maybe, it’s just us but we couldn’t recall a parking lot that smelled like that before. We were able to park and go right up to the hotel lobby. Although, the layout might be confusing at first but if you find the hotel faster than we did, you should be fine. We’re blaming it on construction and tired minds.

Doubletree Montreal

A Montreal Winter Adventure 1

2. It’s also a great place to relax, because baby, it’s cold outside.

3. Eggspectation Complexe Desjardins is easy to get to within the Complexe – we enjoyed the good service and good food.

A Montreal Winter Adventure 2

4. Take a short walk to the Barbie Expo– FREE inside Les Cours Mont-Royal.

5. Be sure to pose by a giant handbag or shoe while you’re there.

6. Sample some Poutine – It’s everywhere!

It would be hard NOT to find it on the menu somewhere. Before I got there, I swore I wouldn’t. I really couldn’t grasp the idea of fries with gravy and cheese curds on it, but when in Quebec, do as the Quebecois.


7. Grab some Canadian moolah out of one of the nearby ATM’s so you can keep trying to calculate how much you’re really spending.

8. Definitely visit Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History– stroll thru North America’s first collector sewer called the Memory Collector.

Memory Collector

9. Walk on a glass floor overlooking the remains of Fort Ville-Marie Where Montreal Began, watch the coolest light show illuminating the remains and telling their story.

Glass Floor

10. Be a Privateer.

Pirate Ship

11. If you make it there before April 28, 2019, you can chill on the set of La Petite Vie, even without knowing much about the show, we could appreciate this special treat. If you can relate, I suspect it would be like walking through the set of Married with Children (one of the longest running shows) or the Love Boat (for 70’s reference).

Vie Set

12. Daytrip to Quebec City – tour Old Quebec and Quartier Petit Champlain (First French Settlement) pose with ice sculptures, eat at one of the many restaurants – we chose Sapristi, as you stroll down a snow covered cobblestone street.

Quebec city
Quebec City
Quartier petit champlain
Quartier Petit Champlain
Ice sculptures
Ice Scupltures
Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires

13. Make a stop at Montmorency Falls or just drive past way too fast to get a picture.

14. Stand on the Quai Chouinard.


15. Back in Montreal, don’t forget to at least drive thru Mont Royal (again, too fast for pictures but lovely even covered in snow.)

16. Get a smoked meats sandwich at Schwartz’s

Smoked Meat

17. Tour some of the Montreal’s outstanding murals.

Street Art

A Montreal Winter Adventure 8

18. Tour the Basilique Notre-Dame $8 adults, $5 for 7 – 17, and FREE for children under 6.


19. Admire the Gates of China-Town and some pretty nice murals.

20. Try to get a little closer to Habitat 67 than we did.

It wound up being an afterthought that I spotted a little too late.

The few that I didn’t get to see but they’re on my list for next time:

SOS Labyrinthe – Vieux-Port de Montréal

Montreal Science Centre

Bonsecours Market Street


And if I happen to return in summer, there’s plenty of parks that I’d have to go enjoy.

Mentioned in this post
  1. DoubleTree By Hilton Montreal
    Hotel in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
  2. Underground City, Montreal
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    747 Rue du Square-Victoria
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
  3. Complexe Desjardins
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
  4. Eggspectation Complexe Desjardins
    Restaurant in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    190 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
    (514) 288-6448
  5. Barbie Expo
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    1455 Rue Peel
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
    (514) 380-3830
  6. Les Cours Mont-Royal
    Attraction in Montréal Canada

    1455 Rue Peel
    Montréal Canada
    (514) 842-7777
  7. Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
    Attraction in Montréal Canada

    350 Place Royale
    Montréal Canada
    (514) 872-9150
  8. Quebec City
    City in Canada

    Quebec City Canada
  9. Quartier Petit Champlain
    Attraction in Québec Canada

    61 Rue du Petit Champlain
    Québec Canada
    (418) 692-2613
  10. Sapristi
    Restaurant in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec Canada

    1001 Rue Saint-Jean
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec Canada
    (418) 692-2030
  11. Montmorency Falls
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec Canada

    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec Canada
  12. Mont Royal
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
  13. Schwartz's
    Restaurant in Montreal Canada

    3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
    Montreal Canada
    (514) 842-4813
  14. Basilique Notre-Dame
    Attraction in Montréal Canada

    110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
    Montréal Canada
    (514) 842-2925
  15. Habitat 67
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    2600 Av Pierre-Dupuy
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
    (514) 866-5971
  16. SOS Labyrinthe - Vieux-Port de Montréal
    Attraction in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada

    360 Rue de la Commune E
    Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal Canada
    (514) 499-0099
  17. Montreal Science Centre
    Attraction in Montréal Canada

    2 rue de la Commune Ouest
    Montréal Canada
  18. Bonsecours Market Street
    Montreal Canada

    Bonsecours Market St
    Montreal Canada
  19. Biosphère
    Attraction in Montréal Canada

    160 Chemin du Tour de l'Isle
    Montréal Canada
    (514) 283-5000