I was recently invited to Montreal’s Fête des Neiges that takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau on weekends until February 5, 2017. Montreal’s Fête des Neiges is a family-friendly experience that highlights outdoor winter fun with an array of free and paid activities. Parc Jean-Drapeau, only 5 minutes from downtown Montreal, is the perfect place for a fun quick family getaway. Fete des Neiges is a perfect getaway for a day or weekend, and well worth the short drive from the Ottawa area.
There is so much to do at the Fete des Neiges and the good news is everything is relatively close together. The kids will not get too tired running from one experience to the next.
First on our list was the dog sled rides. Going on a dog sled ride has always been on my bucket list and I was so happy to cross it off during this visit. It is hard to miss the dog sled area… you can hear the dogs yipping, barking and howling. The sled ride took us on a short tour and left us wanting more. I see a long-haul ride in our future.
After our dog sled ride, we were eager to try out all the sled hills. There are many age-appropriate choices for sledding. The coolest, I think, was the ice pirate ship. The ship is perfect for little ones (and dads!) to climb and slide on their own.
There are also tube slides for the more adventurous sledders. The line moves quickly and there are many tube slide lanes to choose from. Your family will have a blast on those tube slides.
Right next door you will find the zip lines. Although there are four zip lines, it moves slowly. The girls patiently waited over an hour for their 10-second ride. Luckily it was a mild day so we did not mind waiting, plus the girls loved it and they still talk about it.
After some checks on our bucket lists we headed off in search of lunch. There are food trucks on site with so many choices… you could even have a beer or mulled wine! Tim Hortons coffee is available as well as LaFleur hot dogs… but your choices are endless. Also available for snacking and lunch/dinner are Das truck, Bacon truck, Resto LP, Queues de Castor, Beignes Délices d’Antan, Boite à Fromage, Subway, La Cafétéria,Choco-Bar, Soupes et Grillades and Chocho-Churros.
Any celebration of outdoor winter activities would not be complete without some sunshine on a stick (as my brother used to call it as a kid). Maple syrup taffy is always a favourite treat.
Once the bellies were full we set off to see what else there was to do. Well, there was human fuse ball, pick-up road hockey, live entertainment, music, skating, bouncy castles, there is something for everyone! My family especially enjoyed the archery tag.
If you are in the Montreal area, or close, a trip to Fete des Neiges is a must!
You can find out more about Fete des Neiges on their website.
- Leave the stroller at home! Use a drag behind sled instead. Trust me.
- Get there early! The wait lines were shorter early in the day. Especially for the very popular dog sled rides, Ferris wheel, and zip line.
- Bring an extra pair of dry socks, mitts, and hat!
- Eat at the venue. There is so much to choose from and all at a reasonable price.
- Dress for the weather!