Monday, February 16, 2009

Winter In Montreal

Get your skates on: Montreal's Old Port is given over to ice skating during the long, hard winter months. Quays of the Old Port of Montréal, Paul Labelle Photographes

City Slicker: Winter in Montreal -- The Independent

They're used to long, hard winters in Montreal. In fact, the locals even celebrate the season with a special festival. It's just one reason to visit now, says Sarah Barrell

Why visit?

Montrealers, having made it to midwinter, congratulate themselves with the High Lights Festival ( an 11-day arts and culture event that this year celebrates its 10th anniversary with a gala line-up.

The city is famed for high-profile summer festivals – such as the Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs – but sub-zero temperatures and banks of snow don't bring life, cultural or otherwise, to a halt, unlike in the UK. From Thursday until 1 March exhibitions, shows, street parades, and concerts take place across the city, including an "all-nighter" on 28 February when cultural venues stay open for 24 hours.

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