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9 Things To Do In Montreal For The First Weekend Of 2022 To Forget About 2021

UPDATE: The Government of Quebec has introduced new COVID-19 health measures since this article was published. Please review guidelines and double-check the website and social media pages of the event or activity before you head out. We strongly recommend calling before you go.

Friday marks the last day of 2021 — and oh, what a year it was. There may be all kinds of restrictions in place in Quebec right now, but there are still tons of things to do in Montreal this weekend for you to ring in the New Year.

Here are a few ideas for you to kick off 2022 on the right foot and help you forget all about the horrors of 2021.

Check Out The 'Imagine Monet' Exhibition

Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art, 2020, rue William, Montreal, QC

Price: Starting at $27 for adults

Why You Should Go: This immersive exhibition makes you feel as though you've stepped inside the colourful works of Claude Monet. Make sure to book your tickets online beforehand.

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Visit Parc Jean-Drapeau

Where: 1, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: Parc Jean-Drapeau's winter program is packed with all sorts of free outdoor activities that'll help you forget you hate winter.

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Embrace The Final Days Of The Holiday Season At Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal

When: Until January 2, 2022

Where: 105, rue Sainte-Catherine Street O., Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: To make the most of the last few days of the holiday season in a festive setting.

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UPDATE: Grand Marché de Noël announced it was closing its artisan market early on December 24. However, facilities and decorations remain accessible until January 2.

Celebrate NYE With Your 5 Favourite People

When: December 31, 2021

Why You Should Go: Indoor gatherings are limited to six people right now, so call your besties up and plan a little shindig at one of your apartments. No better way to start the New Year than with your closest people.

Quebec restrictions to keep in mind

UPDATE: Private gatherings were banned in Quebec on December 30. You may only gather with your household bubble.

Go On A Winter Walk

Where: Find a path and follow it!

Why You Should Go: We all need a little extra dose of fresh air right now and there's no denying that Montreal has a magical charm when it's filled with snow.

Grab Your Sled And Find A Hill

Where: Check out these spots

Why You Should Go: To embrace your inner child and slide your way into 2022.

Find a hill near you

Check Out Montreal's Newest Sports Bar

Where: La Chambre, 1608, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: This stunning new microbrasserie in the heart of downtown knocks all other sports bars out of the park. Plus, the menu is full of delicious dishes for you to try.

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UPDATE: Take-out and delivery only.

Go Watch The Sunset On Mount Royal

Where: Mount Royal Summit, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: If you climb the steps to the top of Mount Royal right before nightfall, you'll get to see the Montreal skyline light up during sunset.

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Grab A Slice Of Vending Machine Cake At One Of These 4 Malls

Where:

Why You Should Go: Craving something sweet while shopping? Carlo's Bake Shop Cake ATMs have got you covered.

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In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.

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Igloofest Montreal 2022 Has Officially Been Cancelled

Guess you'll have to find somewhere else to wear your colourful snowsuit...

Sad news for all music festival lovers in the city. After the announcements of the province-wide curfew, the closure of restaurants, and indoor gatherings being prohibited, it is now the turn of the winter festival Igloofest Montreal 2022 to report its cancellation for this year's edition.

In an Instagram story on December 30, following François Legault's 5 p.m. press conference that day, Igloofest announced that the event usually held in the Old Port of Montreal has indicated that it will not be able to receive festival-goers between January 13 and February 5 due to new health measures.

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The community will choose from a selection of interactive murals that are being projected onto the wall.

Art by Birdfingersss | images courtesy of Colin Riendeau

Every morning, as Colin Riendeau sits by the window of his Plateau-Mont-Royal apartment sipping tea, he looks up at a huge grey concrete wall. Now, after seven years, he's doing something to change that. By partnering with Montreal artists, MAPP_MTL and MURAL, Riendeau is helping to transform the eyesore across the road into one of the area's biggest and most vibrant murals.

Before the final mural can be painted, Riendeau and the artist collective — consisting of multimedia director Aude Guivarc'h and interactive designer Hugo Daoust (who's also a media artist and creative coder) in collaboration with several mural artists — are projecting digital, interactive versions of potential mural designs onto the 13-story building as a test run, beginning this weekend.

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