The holidays are behind us, let the winter carnivals begin. Outdoor activities help keep the winter blahs at bay and the West Island and Off Island environs offer a number of options over the coming weeks.
Pointe-Claire’s Winter Ice Breaker takes place at Northview Park, 111 Viking Ave., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program includes horse and wagon rides, snow sculpting and bouncing on inflatable structures. Winter treats on offer are free hot chocolate, snow-cooled taffy ($2) and hotdogs ($1). Added to the program this year are three pre-novice hockey games featuring 5- and 6-year-old players. First game is 12:30 p.m. For carnival information, call 514-630-1214.
The Morgan Arboretum invites experienced and not-so experienced snowshoe enthusiasts to hike the 4.5-kilometre trail with naturalist Chris Cloutier, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brush up on your snowshoe technique and learn how to track winter wildlife. Wear appropriate clothing and bring a snack and your snowshoes.
Tickets cost $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Reservations are required and the group is limited to 30 participants.
The Hudson Shiver Fest opens with a Robbie Burns Dinner, organized by the Hudson Legion, at the Community Centre, Saturday at 6 p.m. and ends with the 12-kilometre, Silly & Frilly Valentine Ice Bridge Run, which sets off from the Selkirk parking lot, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. Call 450-458-4882 to reserve for the Robbie Burns Dinner and 450-458-0762 for information about the Ice Bridge Run.
In between, the Hudson Village Theatre’s Ha-Larious Comedy Festival runs from Jan. 24-26 (450-458-5361 or www.villagetheatre.ca); there’s a pancake breakfast at the community centre, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; a skating party with sleigh rides at Pine Lake, Jan. 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. and a Hudson-to-Oka ice hike, Jan. 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The festival continues Feb. 2 with the Whitlock Snow Day at the Whitlock Golf Club from noon to 4 p.m. and the mixed-cash Bonspiel at the Hudson Legion from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information about the bonspiel, call 438-828-6942 or visit www.hudsonlegion.com.
The Quarry Point Open Snow Golf event is at the Chunky Skunky Golf Course on the Lake of Two Mountains, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For Shiver Fest information, call 450-458-6699 or visit www.ville.hudson.qc.ca.
The Kirkland Carnival runs Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, opening with the Amazing Survivor Factor Race, at Meades Park. Tickets cost $7. The race involves multiple challenges and features a giant-screen video-game competition. Registration for children 7 years and older begins at 5:30 p.m. A supper is supplied by Subway restaurant and the race begins at 6:15 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, call Jackie or Ken, 514-426-9176.
The following day there’s Family Bingo at the Sports Complex. Bingo-card sales begin at 6:30 p.m. Games run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 is Family Day at Meades Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and tasty treats will be sold.
Meades Park is at 16950 Hymus Blvd. For information, call 514-630-2719.
As well, the arboretum, in collaboration with the town of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, hosts Winterfest, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include snow sculpting, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and hiking. Admission is free. Hot chocolate and hotdogs are available for a small fee. For information and to reserve for the Jan. 19 snowshoe hike, call 514-398-7811. The arboretum is at 150 des Pins Rd. in Ste-Anne. For directions, visit www.morganarboretum.org.
The Ecomuseum’s Zoolympics invites families to experience winter life at the zoo, Feb. 2-3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event marks the zoo’s 25th anniversary with a series of activities — calling on the keen use of the senses and a measure of family-friendly agility — that will introduce visitors to the zoo’s inhabitants. Zoolympic activities are included in the regular admission price. For information, call 514-457-9449 or visit www.zooenville.ca.
The Dollard des Ormeaux Winter Carnival is Feb. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Build a snowman and give it personality with the help of accessories supplied by the city. Wagon rides, interactive games, skating, ice sculpting and taffy treats are all part of the day.
For information, call 514-684-1012, ext. 632 or 633, or visit www.ville.ddo.qc.ca.
Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s annual Winter Fun event takes place at the outdoor skating rink adjacent to the borough hall, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. In case of bad weather, the event will be held, Feb. 15. Same hours and same location (13665 Pierrefonds Blvd.) For information, call 311.
The Journée des Neiges in Vaudreuil-Dorion is Feb. 3. For information, call 450-455-3371, ext. 4, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca.
The Pincourt Winter Fest happens at the Olympic Park, Feb. 2, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Skating, sliding and games for the family. Hot chocolate and hotdogs sold on site. Admission is free. For information, call 514-453-8981, or visit www.villepincourt.qc.ca.