Mmm-hmm, yeah I said it. Winter in Montreal is the best. In fact, I love it so much I’d rather have winter. All. Year. Round.
Now before you lose your shit and get me, I want to start off by saying that I don’t to hate In the other seasons (except for construction, but we’ve already established that) it’s just that winter does it far more for me than any other season, especially summer.
While summers in Montreal have this perennial reputation for being outstanding, I totally disagree. Big time.
You may say to yourself, “This guy lost it,” or you secretly nod in agreement — and for those who are, I see you, I feel you, and you’re not alone. Now, what gets me so excited about winter that I’d rather be cold all year round? let me tell you
Warming up is easier than cooling down
Montreal is notorious for its summertime heat and humidity, and with the city breaking heat records year after year, it doesn’t seem like things are cooling down any time soon.
In that sense, Montreal is also notorious for freezing cold winters — but it’s a lot easier to warm up than cool down. let me explain.
I’m a sweater (no, not the garment — the kind of person who sweats balls once the weather hits anywhere above 20 degrees Celsius), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m much more comfortable in the winter.
Look, I understand that a lot of people hate cold temperatures, get cold easily, and just hate being cold. I get it and I get it, but you know what? They can overlap.
If I’m sweating in the summer, I can only take off enough to cool off before I break the law.
the sweating? Way too much
Speaking of summer heat, I’m not exaggerating when I say that. I either have to go to a swimming pool to feel good or I keep looking like I just stepped out of one.
Even though summer in Montreal has so much to offer, it’s hard to enjoy it when I’m sweating well. Eating on a terrace? Sweat. Outdoor festivals? Sweat. Strolling through Old Montreal? Sweat. By bus or subway? extensively Sweat. Hanging out in the park? Swea… You get the picture.
But when winter comes I can do all this, and I can do it comfortable. Ask me to walk up Mont-Royal when it’s over 30 degrees outside — although I agree, I’ll bring an extra shirt, some paper towels, and apply deodorant throughout (no, I’m not kidding). Are you asking me to walk up Mont-Royal during the crisp Montreal winter? I happily agree while putting on my boots and jacket with a smile.
Let’s talk about outdoor activities
Do I like summer sports? Naturally. Do I like doing it actively? Not really. Why? See above.
Do I like winter sports? Naturally. Do I like doing it actively? YES. Whether it’s ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, tubing or a hike, I’m wrapped up and happily ready to go. And you want to know what the bonus is on top of that? You can end any winter activity with a good ol’ mug of hot chocolate, sitting by the fire and snuggled up in a blanket. Beautiful or?
What is the bonus after a summer activity? A Gatorade, a cold shower, and the need to catch your breath? No thank you.
Now let’s talk about errors
Like many others, I don’t like bugs. Actually I hate her. Yes, yes, they serve a purpose and all that jazz, but my goodness, are they annoying. Mosquitoes are the worst.
Given that Montreal is an island and we’re surrounded by water, mosquitoes thrive in the summer. You know who doesn’t thrive in summer? To me.
Whether you’re swatting away a fly while trying to enjoy an al fresco meal, brushing away ants, or freaking out the second you hear the buzzing of a wasp (and don’t get me started on spiders), bugs are irritating . Do you know when they’re not irritating? In the winter. need i say more
The winter holidays are the top priority
As winter approaches, so do some of the loveliest holidays of the year. Thanksgiving (not technically a winter holiday, but I’ll add), Black Friday (yay deals), “Chris-kwanz-ukah”, Mariah Carey Season (gimme All I want for Christmas is you repeat every day), New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
That’s a lot of festive moments to celebrate in winter – and all the more reason why I love it so much. What does summer in Montreal have to offer? Victoria Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Canada Day? Give me a break.
Winter all day, every day
I totally understand that it’s a controversial statement, but I stand by it. Sure, I could move somewhere colder and be comfortable year-round, but I love Montreal, just not Montreal summers.
Now that winter is drawing to a close (yes, I know it’s still mid-February, but groundhog said six weeks, so…) I’m starting to prepare for the warmer months ahead. While this may bring joy to many Montrealers, it fills me with mild anxiety. Why? Because summers are too hot in Montreal!
While I’m not trying to convince anyone that it should be winter all year round, I’m just saying that it would be if I had my way. In closing, I quote the Queen of Arendelle herself, Elsa. the cold? Anyway, it never bothered me.
Yes, I really did end that with an a Frozen Notice.