Upcoming Spring Updates from Montréal


EMA Communications

Release Date

Thursday, February 25, 2016


MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC (February 25, 2016) - Spring is just around the corner and Montréal is bursting with new attractions, creative events and fun activities.

We're gearing up for a big year of new hotels and attractions thanks to the excitement around Montréal's 375th birthday in 2017.

World's Largest Barbie Museum Opens
The world's largest permanent Barbie Expo has arrived in Montreal at Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping centre. The expo showcases over 1,000 limited edition Barbies, including haute couture dolls (such as Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan and Dior) and celebrity dolls (like Marilyn Munroe, Beyonce and J-Lo). Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Renaissance Montréal Now Open
The Renaissance Montréal is the new kid on the hotel block after opening this past January in the city centre. This chic new 142-room property offers tourists the quintessential Montréal experience, complete with the city's signature joie de vivre and creativity. Special features include a live DJ spinning tunes in the lobby, an in-house mixologist, and guest room walls painted by local graffiti artists. A fitness centre, rooftop terrace plunge pool and Nespresso machines in each room complete the amenity offerings.

Sugar Shacking Rituals
As soon as the maple sap starts running, the spring rite of sugar shacking begins.

On Saturdays and Sundays until April 3, visitors can take part in this traditional sweet activity with Sugaring-off Time at the Botanical Garden to learn more about the process and sample maple taffy on snow.

The Sucrerie de la Montagne is an hour's drive from the city and offers a year-round sugar shack experience where visitors can enjoy gooey maple taffy, a traditional meal and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Pressed for time? Two "urban sugar shack" experiences are available right in the city. La Cabane chez Jean in Parc Jean-Drapeau offers a unique dining experience in a cozy cabin décor on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from with traditional items like baked beans, maple sausages, maple sugar pie and maple taffy on the menu. And Un Chef à l'érable in the Old Port is another sugar shack experience offering "traditional chic" cuisine and a five-course maple-themed menu.

Digital Spring Showcases Cutting-Edge Art in Montreal
From March 21 to June 21, Montréal will be awash in all things digital as Digital Spring celebrates the city's impressive digital creativity.

Montréal is considered a leader in the digital arts community and Digital Spring brings even more events, art installations and festivals to the city. The ELEKTRA festival in May unites creative media such as music, video, cinema and gaming and showcases local and international talent in these fields, while MUTEK in June supports innovation in new electronic music and digital art. Think of Digital Spring as the peak of excitement for digital art in Montreal and a great time to go for visitors interested in these art forms.

Major Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Montréal's museums are bursting with good picks this spring. See and learn about the storied Roman city of Pompeii at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (until September 5), sleuth through crime writer Agatha Christie's life at the Pointe-à -Callière (until April17) and get an eyeful of great Italian fashion at the "ELEGANZA: Italian Fashion" exhibit at the McCord (starting May 26). At the MACcontemporary art museum, you can delve into the world of Ragnar Kjartansson, Icelandic romantic (until May 22), or peruse the paintings of Québec's Edmund Alleyn (starting May 19).
New Attractions Set to Open in May
Montréal will welcome two new attractions to their offerings this spring: the Au Sommet Place Ville Marie observatory and Cité Mémoire.

Au Sommet Place Ville Marie will be an observatory with a whole new perspective of the city. The multi-floor space will offer stunning views with a high-tech interactive experience that focuses on explaining Montreal's past and present. The venue will also feature a bistro and rooftop terrace.

Montréal en Histoire will launch Cité Mémoire (Memory City): 24 large tableaux will be projected on walls, trees and on the ground around Old Montreal and depict fascinating characters and scenes that formed Montreal's rich history throughout the years.

Spring Break Fun
Montreal is a city that loves to celebrate... and Spring Break is no exception. From delicious eats to pre-drinks and aprés-drinks, and from hotter than hot clubs to post-party eats and hangover brunches, Montréal proves that the night is always young. For the full scoop on Spring Break fun in the city, click here.

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