Montrealers are a hardy bunch – they don’t become hermits once the weather turns cold. We decided to look into some of the best winter activities available in the city, whether you’re looking for some fresh air and exercise or an opportunity to absorb some culture and gourmet food.

Samcon is known for choosing neighbourhoods with loads of promise. In our list of seasonal escapades, we’ve included the condos that neighbour some of the best bets for winter fun.

Skating at Beaver Lake

The recently refurbished outdoor skating rink at Beaver Lake comes with a generous 2,500 square metres of ice in Mount Royal Park. No blades? No problem! The rink also rents skates for those who don’t have their own. Perfect for Montrealers who love their ice time, the rink is open from the end of November to early March, seven days a week. For the residents of Vicourt, the four-storey project at 4815 Avenue de Courtrai, one of the most popular places to skate in the city is just a ten minute drive away.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

For the cultured condo owners that aim to call Le Drummond home, the nearby Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will surely be a huge neighbourhood perk. Montrealers who prefer to spend their winter days indoors will enjoy the well-loved space, which boasts one of the of the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. It’s home to collections in the fine arts, music, film, fashion, design as well as Bourgie Hall, a 444-seat concert venue with an incredible collection of Tiffany stained glass windows. Much anticipated exhibits include a look at German Expressionism and France, which will feature the works of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin and other masters from October 2014 to January 2015.

Je t’aime en chocolat

What better way to prep for Valentine’s Day then gorging on chocolate? Old Montreal’s Bonsecours Market will play host to “Je t’aime en chocolat” for the the third year in a row in 2014. From February 7th to 9th, the annual festival will bring together the best artisans and master chocolatiers in Quebec. When you live at Le Metropol, you’ll always be just a ten minute walk from the heritage market building, which features boutiques, restaurants and galleries year-round as well.

Fire on Ice

Whether you call Le Metropol or MUZ Condos home, living near Old Montreal means there’s always a spectacle of some sort on the schedule. Though the first three shows in December have come and gone, there’s still time to check on Telus Fire on Ice on January 4th. Watch the winter sky light up with pyrotechnic displays set to the sounds of movie soundtracks. The fireworks begin Saturday at 8pm.

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