Making wintertime fun is important when all your landscape does for four months of the year is cycle through shades of white and grey/brown and the temperatures are mostly well below zero degrees Celsius. Apparently for the first time ever, between December and March, the Montreal Olympic Park created a winter village on their grounds. As someone looking for something to do on a cold winter weekend in Montreal, the description of the event sounded super fun. We love food and were excited to read that on the first Saturdays of the months that the winter village is open, street kitchens from Montreal come to serve “delicious hot dishes”.
After finding our way to the Olympic Park, we realized that as neat as the winter village is, it really is meant for families with children. The “several Montreal street kitchens” that come to serve food on the first Saturday ended up being one vendor who sold some waffles and another who sold some poutine. I think I was expecting something a bit more like the awesome street food we had in San Francisco (see here and here) and Portland, not the seemingly standard winter fare of waffles and poutine. The ice slide was neat, except you had to bring your own sledding device, which we hadn’t. The rink looked like fun but it was small and we hadn’t brought skates with us; there is no on-site rental. The playground with it’s bouncy trampolines and harnesses looked like fun if you were a child but I didn’t see any adults in line to take a jump.
If you have kids, then this seems like a great way to spend a few hours outside in the cold, having a good time. If you don’t have kids, the winter village was totally not worth it. Oh well! Don’t know until you try and it’s nice to see the Olympic Park using their massive piece of land to do even more community-oriented events.