24 FREE things worth checking out in Montreal this February

Jan 29 2020, 12:16 pm

It’s cold and snowy in Montreal and if there’s anything that helps quell the winter blues, it’s not spending money.

Here are a bunch of free events happening in Montreal throughout February.

Les Jardineries

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Head over the Olympic Stadium every weekend in February for some free outdoor fun including bowling, skating, sledding, sliding, hot drinks, and a heated chalet.

When: February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 29
Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Les Jardineries, L’Esplanade du Parc Olympique

Défi canot à glace Montréal

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Even though it’s too late to register (besides, think about it: cold), guests can watch the annual ice water canoe race from any of the spectacular vantage points around Old Montreal.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 8:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Bassin de l’Horloge — Vieux-Port de MontrĂ©al

POP Yoga Neige

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Montreal-based fitness company POP Spirit is hosting a series of outdoor snow yoga sessions all month.

Aptly titled POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place from 10:30 am to 11:15 am every Sunday in February.

All classes are free to the public and boast top-notch, professional instructors. All you have to do is bring your own mat and dress warmly (and we mean, really warm).

When: February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Time: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Where: Parcours Gouin

Pente Ă  Neige

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No offence, Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this winter as La Pente à Neige has constructed a man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

The edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people along with a mini slope that can accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and sledders of any age and features a cozy heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and music. Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

The slope is 300 metres long and has professionals on site to teach people proper skiing/snowboarding/falling down techniques.

When: Thursdays to Sundays, on until March 12
Time: Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget

Fest-Hiver

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From heated tents, fire-pits, dogsledding, tubing, concerts, and plenty of outdoor activities and treats, check out Brossard’s two-day winter festival to kick off the new month.

When: February 8 and 9
Time: Saturday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, noon to 4
Where: 
Parc Sorbonne, Brossard

A tribute to Queen with Yvan Pedneault

Yvan Pedneault will be singing a tribute concert to Queen and Freddie Mercury at the Montreal Casino, taking a personal selection of his favourite songs from the iconic band.

Since the show takes place inside the casino, it’s reserved for people 18 and older.

When: Thursday, February 6
Time: 7 pm to 3 am
Where: Casino de MontrĂ©al, Level A – Pavillon La France

Je t’aime en chocolat

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After a two year absence, the seventh edition of the ‘Je t’aime en chocolat’ festival returns to Old Montreal featuring a slew of – you guessed it – chocolate.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day too…

Visit the website for a full list of eateries and bakeries.

When: February 8 and 9
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: MarchĂ© Bonsecours — 350 Saint-Paul Est

Honesca Ice Bike Race

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The fourth annual race combines two well known Montreal activities: biking and trying not to skid on ice.

The one-day event will host three ice bike contests (fork, studded and fat tire bikes), bike limbo (roll under a bar on your bike), a pick-up challenge and the “slowest race without falling over” contest.

There will also be a DJ on site, demonstrations, time trials, local merchants selling winter gear and accessories and of course, food trucks.

It costs moolah to register but attending the event is free.

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Parc Maisonneuve — 4581 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: Free to attend, registration online

Honey Martin Trivia

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Honey Martin is a cozy Irish Pub in NDG that hosts a phenomenal pub trivia every trivia. They do six rounds of ten questions and a winner is rewarded each round with either a round of drinks or a round of shots. A round for a round – solid deal.

The questions are all general knowledge and the trivia host is interactive and funny.

Buy him a shot and you just might get that European geography question right after all.

When: February 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time: 9 pm to 1:30 am
Where: 5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Montreal en Lumière

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Montreal en Lumière is one of the largest winter festivals in the world. The annual celebration draws over 900,000 visitors to experience the city through a series of unique programming combing arts, gastronomy, family activities and immersive light shows in the storied Quartier des Spectacles.

It returns at the end of the month for its 21st edition.

When: February 20 to March 1
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles, corner of rue Ontario and Jeanne-Mance

Milk Urban Slide

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The Milk Urban Slide returns to the Quartier des Spectacles this month, zigzagging its way across the Montreal en Lumiere outdoor party site.

The 110 metre-long slide starts at the illuminated launch tower and zooms its way around the site, at full speed, screaming with photo opportunities.

When: February 21 to 24, 28, March 1 to 3
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm (from 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Quartier des Spectacles, corner of rue Ontario and Jeanne-Mance

McKibbin’s Pub Stumpers

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Test your trivia knowledge at McKibbin’s Irish Pub every Monday.

The pub’s trivia has five rounds, general knowledge multiple-choice, short answer, a picture round, and a music round. The winner of each round receives free drinks or a round of shots.

When: February 2, 10, 17, and 24
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: Free to play (with purchase of a beverage)

Bleu, Blanc et Bouge

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The Montreal Canadiens foundation has six outdoor, refrigerated rinks around the island. The professional-level rinks provide the opportunity for hockey players to develop their skating skills on exceptional quality ice.

The program is divided into six sessions of approximately 45 minutes each.

The rink is free to use but has rather strict schedules so the shinny hockey players don’t hit the ice at the same time as the little skaters.

Rinks can be found at the following spots around Montreal:

  • Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension: François-Perrault Park
  • MontrĂ©al Nord: Carignan Park
  • Verdun: Willibrord Park
  • LaSalle: Hayward Park
  • CĂ´te-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: Confederation Park
  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville: MĂ©sy Park
When: Every day in February
Time: Varies per rink
Where: Various locations around Montreal

Casino de Montreal

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It’s tough to associate casinos without money, but it’s true.

The Casino de Montreal is free to enter. If you don’t feel like blowing money at the blackjack table, head to the Casino de Montreal and simply take in the sights and sounds, it’s quite spectacular. The casino offers free refreshments and coffee, maybe you’ll find a loonie on the ground and even win big?

The Casino is decorated beautifully for the wintertime and is worth the trek off-island just to marvel in its beauty.

When: Every day in February
Time: The Casino de Montreal is open 24/7
Where: 1 Avenue du Casino

Galerie MX

Galerie MX

An art gallery is always appealing, especially during February’s chilly days.

Galerie MX seeks to give greater exposure to contemporary artists, primarily from Canada, but from all over the globe as well.

The gallery is located in the heart of the Quarter international, the cultural epicenter for arts in Montreal in a sleek 6,000 sq. ft. exhibit space.

When: Every day in February
Time:
Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 Viger Avenue Ouest

Notre-Dame Basilica

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One of Montreal’s most-viewed structures is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows. Take a self-guided walking tour or visit the church every Sunday at 11 am to hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ.

When: Every day in February
Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays, 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 to 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest

Jean Talon Market

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The Jean Talon market has been supplying Montreal with fresh Quebec products and specialty items from around the world since 1934. The market is free to enter and is open every day. Visitors can find a wide variety of produce, flowers, fish, meat, and specialty ice cream for sale, the area is also a great destination for lunch. Barbeque lamb, pork, and chicken sandwiches, as well as bison on a stick, are all available for a few bucks.

It’s a Montreal landmark.

When: The Jean Talon Market is open every day in February
Time: Monday to Wednesday and Saturdays, 7 am to 6 pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 7 am to 8 pm; Sundays, 7 am to 5 pm
Where: 7070 Avenue Henri Julien

Barbie Exhibition

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The world’s largest permanent exhibit of Barbies is happening at Montreal’s Cours Mont-Royal. The upscale mall hosts over 1,000 entertainment industry Barbie dolls, all dressed by leading fashion houses.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Cours Mont-Royal — 1445 Rue Peel

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is a 19th-century church modelled after the famous St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The church opened in 1894 and is an absolutely stunning visual.

When: Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is open year round
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Where: 1085 Rue Cathedrale

Grande Bibliothèque

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The Grande Bibliothèque is an absolute spectacle to see. Its winding staircases will make you feel like you’re at Hogwarts and it hosts an unbelievably impressive collection of books, magazines, records, CDs, and films.

It’s one of the most visited libraries in North America.

Membership is free to all Quebec residents.

When: The Grande Bibliothèque is open year round
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 475 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est

Mont Royal Belvédère Kondiaronk Park

Hiking Mont Royal has its rewards besides the view. The winter sunshine fused with the skyline is totally Instagram-worthy and Mont Royal’s chalet has some nice historical elements as well.

You get to see the entire city lit up – especially with February’s wintery charm. A 15-minute hike is totally worth it.

When: Mont Royal is accessible year round
Time: 6 am to 12 am
Where: 1196 Voie Camillien-Houde

Promenade Fleuve-Montagne

You can experience two of Montreal’s most stunning landmarks in one trek: the St. Lawrence River and Mont Royal Park. Stroll from one to the other on a beautiful 3.8-km promenade that features wide sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, rest areas, greenery and access to various restaurants along the route. The multimillion-dollar investment from the city’s 375th birthday celebrations is a site and a sight to see.

When: Every day in February
Time: The path is open 24/7
Where: Rue de la Commune Ouest and Place Royale to Avenue des Pins and Rue McTavish

Outdoor Hockey Rinks

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February brings the cold meaning it’s the prime time to show off your Canadian pride and hit the ice at any of the city’s collection of outdoor hockey rinks.

Whether you’re going for a leisurely skate or you want to wire off a few clappers, these spots around the city offers not only the best ice and maintenance but have warm rooms to lace up, long hours, lights, nets, boards, and open-skate areas for the mini-skaters.

Let’s leave the Natrel Skating Rink out of this one, folks. It’s picturesque, chilled, and beautifully maintained but it’s not really an option for a pick-up game of shiny.

Plus, any place that charges you to get on the ice, isn’t what Canadian ODRs are about.

Be sure to check out the Ville de Montreal’s skating rink site to check out ice condition details, which are updated daily.

When: Every day in February (weather permitting)
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations (our recommendations here)

Redpath Museum

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Founded in 1882 at McGill University, the Redpath Museum’s aims to further the understanding and appreciation of biological, geological, and cultural heritage.

The comfortable, little museum has a variety of ancient Canadian artifacts.

When: Every day in February
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 pm
Where: 859 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest