The annual La Fete des Neiges in Montreal is more an event that happens in the middle of winter; it is a celebration of the winter season. Geared towards the entire family, the festival takes place in the wide open expanses of Parc Jean Drapeau. Three consecutive weekends starting on January 22, 2011 you will be able to come out and enjoy Mother Nature's white season.
Boule de Neige (the event's mascot) will be there to welcome you to the site where you can take part in a myriad of outdoor activities. Try out The Superglisse (2 extreme sliding lanes), The Tyrolienne (zip line), The Winter Terrace (a place to catch some rays and hot chocolate), Innertubing ($10), Le Miniglisse (sliding lanes designed for kids), La Patinoire (hockey rink), the Skating Path (1 km along the St. Lawrence), La Bourgade Nordique (charming Nordic village), The Jumping Area (trampolines), Snow Scooters, La Boulatheque (dance activity), Tiny Fingers Workshop (snow sculpturing for tots), La Promenade des Sculpteurs (come see the work of professionals), La Centre Belles Bottines (hockey rink for those without skates), The Grande Cirque Polaire (carnival and inflatable games), Le Mini Golf Glacial (9-hole mini putt), Le Circuit de Traines Sauvages (toboggan races), and Le Mondes des Hyperboreens (relay race, snowball fights, etc.).
All this to do plus there are several shows that you can watch. Barrel Jumping, Les Samedis Yoopas (for kids – Yoopa characters have adventures with Theo), La Scene FDN with Boule de Neige, and Les Dimanches Vedettes (kids' shows and live music).
On the site there are luge ($5), snowshoe ($6) and skate rentals ($6) as well as skate sharpening ($5). Plus other facilities like ATM machines, snack bars, baby rest and lunch areas, outdoor lockers, and warm-up areas are all there.
-Entry: Free entry to site
Tube Slide and Surglisse: $3+: $10.00
-Hours: January 22-23, January 29-30, February 5-6: 10:00 – 5:00