1. They actually celebrate winter full-on with one of the world’s largest winter festivals.
Every year for a few weeks in February, the city comes alive for Montréal en Lumière, a festival designed to bring Montrealers together to celebrate the beauty and joy of Montréal in winter. The city really covers all its bases: a grilled cheese bar, an erotic art exhibition, an “around the world” tea tasting, a live ice carving, an interpretive dance show, a performance by local electro-pop sensation FOXTROTT — you name it, it’s there.
Where else could you attend a piano concert wherein you lay face-up on your own giant bean bag and watch as images of the lights of aurora borealis sync up with the music and illuminate the ceiling above you?