Find ultimate comfort next to these fireplaces in Montréal

Thom Seivewright

Warm and toasty might not be the first words that come to mind when you think of winter in Montréal, but ask any local and they’ll tell you, cuddling by a fireplace is just as authentic an experience as anything you can do in the snow. So, to help elevate your winter game, here are some of the best fireplaces in town.

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Hôtel St-Paul

It’s sleek and chic and magnifique!  What more can be said about this modern fireplace so visually appealing that it could be an art installation?  Open on both sides and surrounded by a semblance of marble lit from the inside, forget about going up to your room, it just makes you want to hang out in the lobby!

L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel

This veritable institution of hospitality was the first in North America to obtain a liquor license… In 1754!  With one foot rooted in history and the other boldly stepping into the future, this place blends old and new in a way that can only be done in Montréal. Imagine yourself sitting in the restaurant’s sumptuous dining room, sipping a delicious cocktail, with the heat of the stone fireplace on one side and the frosty windows dripping with melting snowflakes on the other.  That’s what I call winter bliss!

Maison Saint-Gabriel

Not to be confused with the Auberge with the same name mentioned above, this is an historical museum that guides you through the world of rural Montréal of the 1600s. Rich in history and a perfect example of the traditional architecture of the times, a visit leaves nobody unimpressed.  The stunning fireplace might be beautiful to admire, but rest assured its purpose had more to do with survival than with aesthetics. 

Bar George

Tucked inside the mansion that used to belong to railway baron and financier, Sir George Stephen, this dapper bar sits in the Mount Stephen Hotel. As you walk in your breath will be taken away by the intricate details of the architecture. Let yourself be swept away to a time when gold plated door handles and stained-glass windows were how the bourgeoisie decorated its not-so-humble homes. Oh, and this fireplace, you ask? It’s just made of marble, custom onyx and hand painted tiles, that’s all. 

Sucrerie de la Montagne

About an hour outside of Montréal, you’ll find a portal into old fashioned Québécois life unlike anywhere else. If food, music and hospitality aren’t the best ways to discover a local culture, I don’t know what are. At this traditional cabane à sucre (sugar shack), you can witness how maple tree sap is turned into delicious maple syrup. Then you can retire to the dining hall with its larger than life fireplace, to take part in the customary feast, complete with singing and dancing.

Thom Seivewright

Thom Seivewright, blogger

Thom enjoys fulfilling Montréal stereotypes such as being obsessed with Leonard Cohen, being perfectly fluent in Frenglish and being addicted to maple syrup. He loves pretending to be a tourist in his own city yet when he travels he loves pretending to not be a tourist at all.

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