Every late January to early February, Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland, a childhood delight that features activities for kids as well as for adults, though the festival's focus is on family.
The Fête des Neiges 2014 edition runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday from January 18 to February 9, 2014.
Every edition usually features ice sculptured playgrounds, a hockey tournament, inner tubing, sliding, skating, snowshoeing, special activities at the Biosphere, live shows and loads more, on site. Special facilities for parents with infants are available as are lockers and spaces to warm up the kids. Food is also sold on the premises.
Fête des neiges: Admission Is Free, Equipment Rentals Are Not
Snowshoes: $8 for 2 hours
Sled: $7 for 2 hours
Snow scooter: $9 for 2 hours
Ice skates: $8 for 2 hours
Cross Country Skis: $15 for 2 hours
Locker locks: $2
Inner tubes: $10 for the day, $7 after 3 p.m., free for ages 2 and under
An ID card and a $20 deposit for equipment rental is required.
Getting to Montreal's Snow Festival by Public Transit
Getting to Parc Jean-Drapeau's Fête des neiges by car is feasible: factor in parking at $16 to $18 a day. It's also easy to get to the hub of site activities by using public transit. Fest organizers propose attendees take advantage of special parking areas near Namur, Radisson, Montmorency and Longueuil metros where cares can be parked in order to take the the subway and get off at Metro Jean-Drapeau for direct access to snow festival grounds. As for public transit fares, families benefit from a Family Outings promotion, whereby parents, after paying their own transit fare, can bring along up to five kids ages 12 and under for free on weekends and during legal holidays. Find out more about Montreal public transit transit fare rates.
Visit the Parc Jean-Drapeau website for details. Call (514) 872-6120 for further assistance.