Montreal rocks February!

This year Montreal is rockin’ it as they celebrate their 375th anniversary and Canada’s 150th.

The city is hosting so many events to mark the anniversary that they had to use 13 months to fit everything into their schedule.

The next ten days are a prime example of how varied their events are.

For those not grounded by the storm front scheduled for the Northeast, Montreal is hosting:

Saturday (the 11th) is the Snow Moon Bike Ride. It starts at 7, so don’t come early. There are several elements to this. First is a 3.75km-long parade of illuminated bikes, followed by a 15k ride for everyone to the Olympic Stadium.

Sunday (Feb. 12th) is the Montreal Hypothermic Half Marathon. The event has 21.1k, 10.55k and two-person relays.

Also on Sunday is the Montreal Ice Canoe Challenge. It’s the same river as Quebec’s ice canoe race, a different city. There are three classes of competition: elite men’s, elite women’s and sport. Races start at noon so time for a long breakfast or bunch.

Feb. 18th is the Polar Hero Race. It has a 5k and 10k obstacle races with 25 and 50 challenges. Starts at 9 am, so don’t sleep in.

Igloofest runs to February 19th. It’s an electronic music festival –think dancin’ in an ice disco. In the daytime (Feb. 11 and 18) they host Nordik Games that include such Canadian events as the Christmas tree toss and Deneige ton char (shovel your car out). I suppose if that goes into overtime they could add pressure by having a snow plow come by.

From Feb. 23 to March 11 is Curling en lumiere. Basically curling outside at night with light and sound shows as a backdrop, and professional play-by-play live commentary.

For information about these events and the rest of Montreal’s celebratory year, click on