10 thing to do in Montreal today: Sunday, February 2

Jan 31 2020, 5:00 am

As you look to cap off the new month’s first weekend in style, here are a few things going on around Montreal today, February 2.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

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A handful of mummies have been continuing their world tour as they cozied up to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for two months.

The exhibition, which sums up this weekend, is called Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. It’s the mummies’ first North American exposition, following “tremendous success in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” according to the MMFA.

As per the press release, the British Museum has reconstructed the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to AD 180.

If one of them gets up and starts haunting you, however, that’s NOT part of the exhibition.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street O,
Price: $12 – $24, available online

La Poutine Week Montreal

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Hopefully that 2020 diet is working out because the world’s largest poutine festival is about to kick off and you might want to find the stretchiest pants you have.

The eighth edition of La Poutine Week kicked off yesterday, bringing  as a variety of Montreal restaurants will create their own signature poutine-dish, vying to become the city-wide champion, voted by restaurant patrons.

So yes, things are about to get greasy. Ranging from $7 to $25.95, check out this list of all of this year’s greasy pooters and the restaurants that are dishing them out.

When: From now until February 7
Time: Varying hours per location
Where: Various locations around Montreal

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 à Neige has constructed a man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

The third 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: Sunday, February 2
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget — 6101 Avenue de Montmagny
Price: Various pricing, details available online

The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre

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The Canadiens play the second half of back-to-back 2 pm games as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets today, vying to keep pace in the NHL standings.

When: February 1 and 2
Time: 2 pm
Where: Bell Centre — 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

Mont Avila Snow Tubing

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If you haven’t gone snow tubing yet, it’s not really winter.

This weekend might be perfect for some snow tubing on Mont Avila. 12 of the mountain’s 13 trails are open and the snow surface is “solid,” as per the website, which means you can zoom down the hill real fast.

Nobody will blame you if you knock back some taffy on a snow stick either.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: 8:30 am to 10 pm
Where: 500 Chemin Avila, Piedmont
Price: $32 – $38

Imagine Van Gogh

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Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened in December, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal art contemporain — 2020 rue William
Price: $16 to $26, available online

Happening Gourmand

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Happening Gourmand

Nine gourmet restaurants in the Old Port are taking part in the 13th edition of Happening Gourmand, a food festival where foodies can knock back some delicious brunch and dinner meals for under $40.

Whether you’re into pizza, steak, eggs benedict, or burgers, Happening Gourmand offers gourmet meals and a vibrant atmosphere for every food lover. Plus, the meals won’t set you back too much (we’re dreading the post-holiday credit card statements too).

Check out a full list of participating restaurants online.

When: From now until February 9
Time: Varying times per restaurant
Where: Nine participating Old Port locations
Price: $17 brunch, $25-$35 dinner

Coup Sûr

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It may not look like it, but baseball/softball season is right around the corner.

How about taking some cuts at the batting cage?

Coup Sûr has six pitching machines all throwing at various speeds and each machine throws either baseballs or softballs. They have a closed off radar section too if you want to practice pitching.

They supply bats and helmets and boast an impressive Baseball Town store if you’re looking for some gear.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: 9 am to 10 pm
Where: 3835 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
Price: One token (20 pitches): $5.75; five token special (100 pitches): $23.00

Notre-Dame Basilica

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Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 110 rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Great Bear Rainforest 3D

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Embark on a wild 3D journey at the Science Centre through the Great Bear Rainforest, a sanctuary for grizzlies, sea wolves, otters, humpback whales, and the rare subspecies of black bears known as the spirit bear.

When: Sunday, February 2
Time: Varying times
Where: Montreal Science Centre
Price: $9 – $12, available online

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