Les Hivernales: Montréal’s northern character during its 375th anniversary in 2017

February 18, 2016

Les Hivernales: unifying and spectacular activities to celebrate Montréal’s northern character during its 375th anniversary in 2017

Montréal, February 17, 2016 – Les Hivernales, one of the landmark events of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, in collaboration with different partners, invites everyone who loves our city to embrace winter and the cold, Montréal-style, in 2017. Les Hivernales will feature a number of activities over the course of two weeks in February next year.

Programming for this grandiose winter celebration will include a wide variety of sports and participative activities to suit all tastes. Among others, there will be a one-of-a-kind interactive and technological obstacle course that will challenge participants while entertaining spectators, a first run of some truly zany curling, winter cycling and an outdoor hockey game. Fans of extreme sports will also have their fill with an impressive skiing and snowboarding demonstration. An array of activities and events has been planned to encourage young and old alike to get outside and have fun.

Les Hivernales will take place in three key locations in the city: in Parc Jean-Drapeau, in Old Montréal and in the Quartier des spectacles. Competitions of all kinds await Montrealers in 2017: building snowmen, digging cars out of snow, building car shelters, tossing Christmas trees and sliding down hills in recycling boxes. Everything has been designed to encourage people to have a great time while celebrating Montréal’s northern character.

“Montréal is a northern city, so it makes perfect sense to kick off the 375th celebrations during the cold season,” said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal. “Les Hivernales will offer people a unique chance to experience Montréal’s fun and festive side while enjoying the many delights of our winters.”

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