Top 10 things to do in March in Montréal
When you visit Montréal in March you get two seasons in one: the end of winter and its snowy outdoor activities and the very beginning of spring with sugar shack season delights and spring break thrills. From winter sports to film festivals, foodie musts and more, here are 10 very Montréal things to do in March.
1. Go play outdoors
In Montréal, winter outdoor fun doesn't end in March. Go ice skating, snow tubing or snowshoeing, check out extreme winter sports or get a breath of fresh air in a nature park.
- Ice skating at the Old Port of Montréal ice skating rink until March 8.
- Ice skating, snow tubing and snowshoeing in Mount Royal Park until mid-March.
- Extreme winter sports at BARBEGAZI on March 7 and 8.
- Montréal's large nature parks like du Cap-Saint-Jacques and de l’Île-de-la-Visitation.
- Day trips to Centre de villégiature Tremblant and the Laurentians with the Express du Nord coach service.
2. Have a spring break ball
Whether you're here with family for a week of exploring or with friends for a weekend of partying, spring break in Montréal has it all.
3. Eat your fill at a sugar shack
As the snow melts, maple syrup season begins and with it comes with a tried-and-true Québécois tradition: a visit to a sugar shack, also known as a cabane à sucre.
4. Indulge in Montréal cuisine
March weather is still brisk, but Montréal restaurants know just how to serve up comforting and creative dishes.
- Québécois classics like poutine, bagels and smoked meat, plus more musts for foodies.
- Downtown's food halls: Time Out Market, LE CENTRAL - MANGER MONTRÉAL and Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten.
- Specialty tea, indie coffee shops and the best hot chocolate.
- Cocktails at cozy bars and seasonal beers at inventive microbreweries.
5. Watch the pros in action
Sports fans won't miss out in Montréal in March, with world-class hockey, figure skating and more.
6. Hit new heights of relaxation
When it's time to take a break from sightseeing, Montréal lets you relax and warm yourself to the core.
- Montréal's best spas, including Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau on the St. Lawrence River and serene Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal in Old Montréal.
- Beautiful multimedia show AURA at Notre-Dame Basilica.
- Sublime performances by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at Maison symphonique de Montréal and other ensembles at Bourgie Concert Hall.
7. Dig into history at the museum
History is writ large in Montréal museum multimedia exhibitions, from the ancient past to stories of the city's past.
8. Get a thrill at the circus or a show
Montréal features international and local talent all month – once the lights come up, get ready to be blown away.
9. See Québec and the world on screen
March is the perfect month for film fans in Montréal too, with three international film festivals.
10. Explore art in the underground city and beyond
There's an artistic surprise around every corner in Montréal in pedestrian tunnels, museums and galleries this month.
- Festival Art Souterrain from February 29 to March 22 in the underground city.
- About Face: Photographs by Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Rachel Harrison From the Collection of Carol and David Appel and more at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
- Painting Nature with a Mirror and Points of Light at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
- Exhibitions by artists Phil Collins and Eva & Franco Mattes at the Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain.
- An alternate, augmented reality in the Phi Centre's Mirages & miracles.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.