Outdoor curling & An enchanted forest fort

This Week [V2/08]:
Curling en Lumière in Quartier des Spectacles +
Lumina Borealis in Kingston, Ontario


IN: Quartier des Spectacles’ Curling en Lumière

Somehow, after all these years on earth, on Canadian earth, I have still never curled. I feel a tinge of shame saying that, but I hope to rectify my shortcoming this coming weekend with Curling en Lumière, which is part of the Montréal en Lumière festival. Starting this weekend down at Place des Festivals (the awesome outdoor festival & event mecca of Montréal) curling enthusiasts will be able to toss some stones (or watch some stone tossers) against the backdrop of an amazing light & sound performance right smack dab in the middle of the Quartier des Spectacles. This is the first year for this new event so photos are scarce, however if the artist renderings are even remotely accurate, it’s going to be pretty cool. As well, since you’d be in the heart of the Montréal en Lumière action, you will have a gabillion other things to do within steps of the curling event.

The Good:
  1. You’re probably Canadian (in some form) and this is Curling, so you know, it’s in your blood.
  2. Right in the middle of the city, the easiest IN to get to to!
  3. It’s free. Free Curling, people!
The Bad:
  1. The weather does not look super cooperative. I’m not talking comfort here, I’m talking ice conditions. Saturday will be above 10°C. Think about holding out til Sunday I say.
  2. Since there are so many events going on down there, you may be caught in a throng.
  3. It’s unclear to me how many people will actually be able to participate. Again, I’d say err on the side of early when planning your go time.
The Useful:
  1. Curling en Lumière, Place des Festivals (Quartier des Spectacles), 514-788-3383. (In & Around Interactive Map)
  2. Official Website – hint: click the “Description” tab (and link to an area map)
  3. The Montréal en Lumière website that showcases the gabillion things going on this weekend!
Pro Tip:
  • There is a family fun zone that features an illuminated free outdoor slide. There’s no way your wee ones won’t go bonkers for that!

AROUND: Kingston’s Lumina Borealis

Much like the Foresta Lumina out in Coaticook (also done by Moment Factory), this outdoor “enchanted forest” of light is a thing of wonder and awe. Set in historic 181-year-old Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, immerse yourself in the beauty of winter and unlock your inner childhood memories of loving, absolutely loving, the “cold season”. One of the things that I loved so much about Foresta Lumina was the storytelling aspect of that experience and Lumina Borealis does not disappoint in that category. If you allow yourself to be swept up in the magic, then you are sure to enjoy this one of a kind show to its utmost. The tour is about 1 kilometre long and should take between 60 and 90 minutes. Be sure to try out the interactive microphones and report back – they look awesome!

The Good:

  1. Access is fair priced at $10-$12.
  2. The tour is family friendly and good for all ages, more or less.
  3. If you’re like me, you loved Foresta Lumina and are dying for another experience like that one!

The Bad:

  1. Tours start at 6:15pm, so maybe too late for your wee ones.
  2. Kingston is not super far, but it’s still 2.5 hours away.
  3. This is the last weekend so if you miss it, you miss it. Heads up though – There is no Sunday tour.

The Useful:

Pro Tip:

  • Since this is the last weekend, buy your ticket ahead of time to ensure you get a spot.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
– John Steinbeck | b. 1902 | American author


Feedback or suggestions for places in & around Montréal that we should explore together? Please email me.
Logo made with Andrew Laskey’s Map icon from Noun Project

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