Rides, music, food and art combined to bring you a family friend event at Montréal en Lumière, the Montreal Light Festival, which is worth a visit. On from Feb 21st 2019 to March 3rd 2019 and it is completely free of cost (except alochol).
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How to get there:
Plane, Train and Car… maybe by boat if you really wanted! I took the Via Rail train from Oshawa station which was super easy to find and ride. They have wifi on board and plugs for your devices, the trip to Montreal is about 5 hours from this station and the earlier before your trip you book, the better price you will get!
Place to Stay:
Hotel Faubourg Montreal which was absolutely perfect! Our room was actually two rooms, one with a pull out couch and one with two beds, which could have allowed for up to 6 people to stay. It had a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and prep area and it have a complementary breakfast in the lobby with a wide spread of food from eggs, sausages and hash browns to cereal, yogurt and bagels.
Where we ate:
What to do:
Ride which were free, but you need to download the MONTREAL EN LUMIERE APP to reserve a spot. Rides included a zip line, ferris wheel and slide. None seemed to have an age or height requirement, but if you are under the age of 18, you needed a parental signature.
See the Art; with 15 different exhibits made specifically for the event, you could easily wander the streets to find them. You could also use the app mentioned above to locate them. The MAC was not open as it was installing a new exhibit, but the Ballet was in full swing!
Food at the festival; my favourite was the maple syrup testing station. You received four different colours of maple syrup to try which were all delicious! There was a test at the end to see if you could match the colours, but I failed!! Check the full video here! Lots of other vendors were on site and roasting sausages and marshmallows at the warming and firepit stations was common!
Play Games; scattered around the festival were games you can play games such as Tim Hortons puck throwing game, there is a game designed to explain how much energy it takes to make something, there is Connect Four, hand curling tables or test your strength with Drop the Hammer.
Listen to music; along all of the streets the speakers played music for all to enjoy, but the stage in the middle of it all had activities for the family to enjoy. Most of the musical acts seemed to be inside at the Bell tent where you could also grab a drink, play foosball and warm up from the cold!
What I Wore:
This trip to Montreal was so fabulous, I was pleasantly surprised by everyone I met and spoke to. The trip was made extra special by keeping my belly full of delicious food and staying at a fabulous restaurant with wonderful staff. It was really amazing overall and I look forward to one day returning to Montreal!