Embrace Winter: Montreal in March

Canadians like to cling to the idea that we are “The North”. We love winter and winter activities but no city does it better than Montreal. No matter how far the temperature drops, this city makes sure it’s always a busy cultural centre. So we decided to embrace winter and head to Montreal. Here’s our top picks for a Montreal getaway in March.

What to Do: Montreal is always a hubbub of cultural activities. And the month of March is no different. Be sure to catch MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE at the beginning of the month (February 22nd – March 4th), one of the largest winter festivals, with a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor activities, and a full night of discoveries. Part of this festival also includes the Montreal edition of Nuit Blanche (March 3rd). Other activities you should check out during the month include visits to the local sugar shacks, partake in the local St Patrick’s Day activities, or hit the local slopes for some spring skiing. If you are a big dance fan, Bal en Blanc takes places in Montreal during the month of March as well.

Where to Eat: The city if Montreal is known as a gastro-hub filled with lots delicious options that hit all the right price points and flavours. If you want to hit some of the local classics, be sure to go to La Banquise for some of the best poutine. Schwartz Deli is the place to go for classic smoked meat sandwiches or hit Olive et Gourmando in the Old Port for their take on a croque monsieur. Be sure to pick up some bagel from Saint Viateur. If you would like some of the finer food options for dinner, we recommend Garde Manger, Club Chasse et Peche, Les Enfants Terribles, Joe Beef or Au Pied de Cochon. And of course, this city does brunch well; our favourite is Le Cartet.

Going out: Although New York City likes to lay claim to being the city that never sleeps, Montreal might come in a close second. We recommend checking out Flyjin or Philemon Bar in Old Montreal. Au Dieu de Ciel is a great local pub that features its own brews. Or try a local classic Buvette Chez Simone. But if you really want to get down and dance, head into the Montreal Village, known for its selection of LGBTQ bars and dance clubs, you will be sure to find a fun place to dance.

Where to Stay: The newest luxury hotel is right in the centre of Old Montreal. The William Gray is set in a modern building integrating two 18th-century cottages. This is the definition of a chic, modern hotel with a great communal lobby featuring a great coffee shop (Cafe Olimpico ), a hipster clothing boutique (OTH), wonderful restaurant, spa, and communal working space. This is the only place to stay in the Old Port.

For more information, visit City of Montreal

Christian Dare
Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a National Visual Manager before he turned his attention to writing. He currently writes for AmongMen, Complex and his own blog, Christian Dare Edited. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram @christian_dare
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