11 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, March 9

Mar 8 2019, 5:26 pm

As the second Saturday of the new month rolls through, here are 11 things worthy of checking out in the city today, March 9.

It’s not springtime yet but temperatures just below 0ÂşC is a nice alternative.

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Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques National Park

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The City of Montreal wants you to see more of this gorgeous province this winter by checking out the city’s biggest national park – for free.

So, pack a lunch, hop on a shuttle bus and spend the day in the great Canadian outdoors!

Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques is offering two free shuttle services from downtown Montreal today.

With 330 hectares of land, the Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques is the largest park in Montreal. It’s bordered by Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Rivière des Prairies, offering magnificent views of icy, snowy, land.

The park is a massive network of cross-country ski trails that offer river, field and forest landscapes.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 9 am and 9:30 am – 3:45 pm and 4:15 pm
Where: Square Dorchester pick up
Price: Free shuttle, various prices at the park

Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM)

This children’s film festival showcases the best international cinema for kids and families.

When: From now until March 10
Time: Various times per selection
Where: Cinéma Beaubien, du Parc, du Musée and Musée des beaux-arts
Price: $9.50 per film, available online

Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party

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Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice present’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an on-ice story that follows Mickey Mouse as he searches for his friends.

The show, “L’expédition de Mickey,” will be presented in French.

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 11 am, 3:30 pm, 7 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price:$28.75 – $130.75, available online

Griffintown Gourmet and Gastronomic

Griffintown’s first major gourmet and gastronomic event is an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional gastronomic offer, the great diversity and the originality of a variety of restaurants in Griffintown.

When: From now until March 14
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Visit the website to see a list of 17 participating spots
Price: $17 – $42

Montreal Insect Fair

The Montreal Insect Fair is an event centered on insects and everything creepy and crawly. The fair’s goal is to promote the scientific culutre of entomology, towards the general public and the youth.

The fair offers a large variety of insects from across the glove, over 150,000 insects on exhibition, some of which are for sale, educational presentations on the science of entomology and even insect tasting.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Centre de Loisirs communautaires Lajeunesse, 7378 rue Lajeunesse
Price: $6 for adults, $3 for children

Domaine Enchanteur – Domaine de la forêt perdue

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There’s no better way to stick it to winter and stand up to your Canadian pride like skating.

But hitting the ice on an enchanted forest trail adds a little bit of magic to the longstanding winter hobby.

Domaine Enchanteur, in the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel district, a two-hour drive from the island of Montreal, offers guests 15 km of perfectly maintained ice that winds its way through the pine forest’s wintery landscape.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10 am – to 10 pm
Where: 1180, St-Félix Row, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel
Price: $16 – $18, available online

Castle in the Sky Screening

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CinĂ©ma du Parc will be screening three shows of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 classic Castle in the Sky this weekend.

The animated film follow a young boy and girl who stumble into a mysterious islands that floats down from the sky.

The cinema will screen an English and Japanese version on Saturday and the French version on Sunday.

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 10 am (English version), 2:30 pm (Japanese version) and 10 am on Sunday (French version)
Where: Cinéma du Parc, 3575 av. du Parc
Price: $10 – $11.50, available online

POP Yoga Neige

Downward dog-sled, anyone?

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

Aptly titled POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place every Saturday and Sunday from now until March 24 at Parc La Fontaine and Parcours Gouin, respectively.

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: March 9 and 10
Time: 1 pm on Saturdays, 10:30 am on Sundays
Where: Parc La Fontaine and Parcours Gouin
Price: Free

Pente Ă  Neige

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

If you’re up to braving the cold, the second edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people and there’s also a mini slope on site to accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sledders of any age and features a cozily heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate and music.

Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
Price: Free admission

Roller Disco and Dance Night

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Have you ever seen how funky those roller discos of decades past looked? This Saturday, you can be part of it as Centre Bruxelles is hosting a roller disco and dance night.

Strap on some rollerblades and play tag, dance or skate the night away.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 7 pm – 1 am
Where: Centre Bruxelles, 10015 avenue Bruxelles
Price: $15, at the door (cash only)

Winter Games NDG

La Semaine des ARTS NDG ARTS Week invites guests of all ages to a day of winter games at NDG Park.

Activities include Bavarian curling, broomball, shuffleboard on ice, skating and free hot chocolate.

When: Saturday, March 9
Time: 2 pm – 6 pm
Where: Girouard Park, 2500 rue Girouard Bruxelles
Price: Free admission