Happy 2018! This year, Montreal’s cultural vibe is going to dazzle you. Get ready to enjoy the sights and discover fun activities for the entire family.

This year’s January has been particularly cold. We’re talking freezing! So take a break from the cold and take advantage of Le Happening Gourmand, running from January 11 to February 4. The festival invites people to treat their taste buds for a few bucks ($17 to $31 for a three-course dinner). This year, participating restaurants in the Old Montreal include Kyo, a sushi bar, Taverne Gaspar, a great place to enjoy some pub grub, Modavie, a live jazz restaurant, Brasserie 701, which replicates Parisian brasseries and their style sense, Verses, a place to discover more about delectable French cuisine, Méchant Boeuf, a bar and lounge which caters to people seeking comfort, Vieux-Port Steakhouse, which draws people for its seafood and red meat dishes, Maggie Oakes, a bistro, and Bevo Bar & Pizzeria, which serves delicious Italian food.   

Igloofest always entices people to dance in the cold. It may sound crazy, but it can be loads of fun, especially with friends and a couple shots of vodka. On January 20, Grammy nominee Bonobo is Igloofest’s top headliner. You won’t want to miss his electric take on music. Head out to the Old Port for nine straight days of rave, if you can handle it. 100,000 people are expected to attend this year. Be one of them!

Hit the slopes. Sure, you check your thermometer every day and realize that it’s absolutely freezing and that your warm bed beckons. Don’t be fooled! Be brave and head to the neighbouring mountains. Mont Tremblant, the Charlevoix region and the Eastern Townships are perfect places to face the cold and zip over mountains. Be sure to check out certain websites, like Mount Sutton’s provided here: https://www.facebook.com/montsutton. Pay attention because they often post deals and slash prices for favourable skiing. Enjoy!

Participate in a guided winter trek. Break tradition by not spending an evening with Netflix and go on guided evening winter treks, where people are shown around by foot, snowshoe or cross-country skis. A naturalist is usually on hand to explain and share information on flora and fauna. Some activities are even followed by story-telling, music and hot drinks. Who can say no to that?