Discover the city in a new way…on foot

Last updated January 13, 2023
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Winter strolls let you explore Montréal in a different light. The city projects a completely different image when cloaked in white. Take an invigorating walk to discover innovative works, admire murals, visit picturesque places or delight in playful paths.

An open-air art gallery

Public art is just as impressive in the wintertime. Create your own customized itinerary by browsing the 350 works (in French) that spruce up the urban landscape. Check out the Musée plein air de Lachine, one of the largest sculpture gardens in Canada. Nearly 50 large works by contemporary artists are permanently set up in Lachine’s riverside parks.

Lively commercial streets

Montréal features no less than 17 commercial streets across the city. Each of them has its own unique atmosphere and attractions to discover. Take advantage of the early evenings and snowy setting to go window shopping and discover new boutiques, or warm up with a hot cup of coffee.

Multimedia projections

Cité Mémoire (in French) is the world’s biggest projection circuit. After dark, you can watch more than 25 scenes unfold in images, words and music in Vieux-Montréal, the Vieux-Port de Montréal and downtown. For an even more immersive experience, download the free application Montréal en Histoires.

Mural safari

Want to add colour to your winter days? Head off on a hunt for the murals (in French) that brighten up the city streets. More than 100 creations await you throughout the city.

Historical and nature trails

Need a little motivation to go for a walk? Apps are a fine way to learn about places steeped in history while enjoying the fresh air: 

  • The Parcours riverain (in French) is an app that lets you explore the heritage of Montréal’s waterfront on foot. 
  • Complètement nature (in French) stages a digital rally where young people can discover the biodiversity and history of the north end of the island of Montréal. To successfully complete each challenge, you must find one of the 8 terminals located in each of the Parcours Gouin parks.

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