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Friday, December 21, 2012

Guide to Winter Activities à la Montréal - 2013

A Tourisme Montréal publication for the Media
www.tourisme-montreal.org/Press
WHAT'S NEW

Snow Village - Official opening on January 18, 2013 - New heated halls and spas
130 Tour-de-l'Isle Road  Île Sainte-Hélène   Parc Jean-Drapeau  514 788-2181  www.snowvillagecanada.com
For this upcoming season, this unique village will surprise you with the exclusive opportunity to visit a replica of the great City of New York entirely made out of ice and snow. The distinctive concept includes an Ice Hotel offering 10 standard rooms and 15 prestige suites, igloos, a restaurant accommodating 100 guests, a bar with terrace seating up to 250 guests. And we can't forget the Ice Chapel where couples will have the chance to get married in the most romantic setting.
EVENTS

Luminotherapy in Quartier des Spectacles  December 6, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Quartier des Spectacles  514-879-0009  www.quartierdesspectacles.com
Le jour des 8 soleils leads visitors along a poetic route through the Quartier, following an invisible character in search of intriguing and fascinating light. Already a signature attraction for Quartier des Spectacles, architectural videoprojections will for the first time be arranged in a multimedia concept spanning a large number of downtown building façades. In addition, at each projection site spectators will be able to enhance their visual experience by listening to a soundtrack and narration on their mobile phones.

IglooFest
January 17-18-19   January 24-25-26  January 31 & February 1-2  February 7-8-9, 2013
Jacques-Cartier Pier   Quays of the Old Port of Montréal  www.igloofest.ca
Igloofest aims to promote and popularize electronic music. One of Montreal's winter must-dos, this festival has forged a reputation for itself through its punchy visual and architectural concept, an ambitious DJ line-up, and an enchanting igloo village that has truly contributed to Montréal's climate warming!

La Fête des Neiges de Montréal  January 19 to February 3, 2013
Parc Jean-Drapeau 514-872-6120  www.parcjeandrapeau.com
Boule de Neige invites you to the biggest winter outdoor Festival in the city. The most spectacular and joyful festivities await you: tube sliding, ice skating, funny snow games, colorful outdoor shows and much more. The perfect event for families and winter lovers.

The 14th Edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes Buenos Aires as the grand featured city  February 21 to March 3, 2013
Several places throughout the city  www.montrealenlumiere.com
The 14th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE glitters with a remarkable variety, vivacity and, above all, exclusivity: yes, this year's roster is bursting with premieres and first looks at all-new shows! Festival fans looking for new concert experiences and previously unseen performances are in for a treat. For the Gastronomy Program, the capital of Argentina brings its warmth and flavour to our fames Festival's Finest Tables. Also on the menu, the festival presents the chefs of Philadelphia and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Nuit blanche à Montréal (part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE)
www.montrealenlumiere.com
Offering the traditional kickoff to Nuits blanches celebrations in cities around the world, the Nuit blanche à Montréal once again draws Montrealers out to rediscover their city. With over 170 activities, most of them free, a practical-and free!-shuttle service and a Métro system running all night long and, above all, a new and more accessible nerve centre-the festival's free outdoor site-there is more than enough action to set the Nuit on fire!

Art Souterrain (part of Nuit blanche)
www.montrealenlumiere.com
As part of the Montréal All-Nighter (Nuit blanche), Art Souterrain presents a unique new perspective on Montréal's Underground Pedestrian Network. Hundreds of renowned contemporary artists present photos, videos, installations and artistic performances throughout the 6 km passageway between Place des Arts and Complexe Les Ailes. Art Souterrain's goal is to change perceptions of the general public vis-à-vis new contemporary art practices and to unite the visual arts milieu by identifying and bringing together its principal figures.

MUSEUMS

Once upon a time... Impressionism  Great French paintings from the Clark
Until January 20, 2013

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts 1380 Sherbrooke Street West  514-285-1600  www.mmfa.qc.ca
With this great exhibition, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invites art lovers to observe, through the works of several great French masters, the birth and evolution of Impressionism in the 19th century. The event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a major collection situated within its historical context. Rarely has Montréal been witness to such a high concentration of renowned paintings from this period.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon  February 2 to June 16, 2013
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts  Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion - Level 3  1380 Sherbrooke Street West  514-285-1600  www.mmfa.qc.ca
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is currently conceptualizing and organizing an important exhibition which offers a new outlook on Peru as an imagined community whose identity is constantly redefined. In Peru, the elaboration of a coherent collective identity linking the colonial presence with the indigenous presence is essential to national unity.

The Beatles in Montréal  March 26, 2013 to March 30, 2014
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History  350 Place Royale  514-872-9150 www.pacmuseum.qc.ca
Pointe-à-Callière is preparing an exhibition on the Montréal stopover of this mythical British group that revolutionized pop music around the world, and that also had a profound influence on musical trends that took root right here in Montréal and in Québec. In addition to revisiting this singular event, the exhibition will take us back to the effervescent music scene in 1960s Montréal and Québec.

WHAT TO DO

Winter activities on the mountain
Les amis de la montagne  Maison Smith  514-843-8240   www.themountroyal.qc.ca
Mount Royal Park at the heart of Montréal is a veritable playground for winter sports: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding on tubes or toboggans are but a few of the fabulous outdoor activities afforded by this picturesque setting. Guided snowshoe tours including a family circuit to observe local wildlife and an evening tour of Mount Royal Park are offered by Les Amis de la Montagne (Friends of the Mountain).

Skating
Several places throughout the city
Ice skates are an integral part of many Montrealer's sports equipment, which is why the City of Montréal maintains more than 150 skating rinks in the region every winter. Junior hockey players meet up on neighbourhood rinks for friendly, impromptu games and large skating rinks, such as those in La Fontaine Park, Maisonneuve Park, the Quays of the Old Port (Bonsecours Basin) and Mount Royal Park are popular meeting spots. Or, you might prefer to glide indoors at places like L?Atrium located at 1000 De La Gauchetière, Montréal?s tallest skyscraper.

Ice fishing from de l'Horloge Pier Bassin with Fishing Old Montréal
De l Horloge Pier    Quays of the Old Port   514-707-7773   www.fishingom.com
This winter, enjoy a refreshing affordable and natural adventure! Pêche Vieux-Montréal is the place to be in the heart of Old Montreal for the winter of 2012-13! At the marina of the Yacht Club, over 300 000 sq. feet of ice are waiting for you! At your disposal: thirty heated shelters that can accommodate 8 to 12 people, exceptional quality of fishing, a diverse range of species such as Walleye, perch and burbot and all the material necessary for the occasion.

Ecomuseum Zoo
21125 Sainte-Marie Road  Highway 40, Exit 44  Sainte-Anne de Bellevue  514-457-9449  www.zooenville.ca
The Ecomuseum Zoo offers an intimate glimpses into the lives of more than 115 species of live animals native to Québec's St. Lawrence Valley. Only 30 minutes from downtown Montréal, this magnificent site gives visitors the opportunity to embark on a nature adventure, all year round!
A new aviary? Simply breathtaking!
Since July 14th, enter at the heart of the new waterfowl and heron habitat in the Roger Bider Aviary. Mingle with ducks, geese and other aquatic birds in a spectacular setting! An experience you don?t want to miss!


RESTAURANTS

Maison Publique
4720 Marquette Street (corner of Gilford)  Plateau Mt-Royal  514-507-0555
Jamie Oliver's Maison Publique restaurant pub is the celebrity chef's first North American restaurant venture. It?s run in partnership with Montreal chef Derek Dammann, formerly with DNA.

Furco
425 Mayor Street (corner City Councillors) 514-764-3588
Furco is located in the Downtown neighbourhood of Montreal and specializes in International / Global cuisine. The latest establishment from the owners of Buvette chez Simone.

All that, plus great deals?

As of January 1st, take advantage of our Sweet Deal and get an exclusive coupon booklet with discounts worth up to $500*. Book a second night at half price* and treat yourself to a short escapade to discover Montréal's attractions and cultural activities.

Tourisme Montréal 1555, rue Peel, bureau 600, Montréal (Québec) Canada, H3A 3L8

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