5 Things To Do Before the Winter Comes

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Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. Winter means snowmen, ice-skating, layers and Christmas! But it also means snow, ice and freezing temperatures. I just know that once the winter comes along I’ll be cooped up inside eating a lot of food and watching TV (and hopefully getting some work done). That’s why I want to make the most of the remaining warmish, non-snowy days where I can still wear my favourite sneakers without falling over or getting frostbite.  Here are 5 things you can do to get outside and enjoy the weather while it lasts. Leave a comment down below telling me what you’ve been up to and what you want to do before Montreal is invaded by snow.

When things get a little crazeative

What happens when the temperature drops, and the stress rises? When there is not enough time to make it home from campus for a shower during exam period? When fun and relaxation seem to be restricted to rare moments of spare time?

Things get crazeative! See for yourself:

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Getting on ice with the MOC

This weekend I scaled a 40-meter wall of ice with 8 knives attached to each foot and an ice axe in each hand, got smashed in the face by a brick of ice in -20C weather, and loved every second of it.

Climbers! Photo: Dana Dragomir

I was one of 22 wonderful participants to go on the McGill Outdoor Club’s intro to ice climbing trip. For McGill students who are at all outdoorsly inclined (I don’t care if that’s not a word – I just added it to spellcheck so bam!), the MOC is seriously worth looking into.

The club (whose website is here) is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected student-run outdoors groups, and they host events almost every weekend ranging from hiking, camping and canoeing to rock climbing and basically any other outdoors pursuit you can imagine.

On this trip, known affectionately as ‘ice-school’ by the veteran MOC members, a small group of students have their first crack at a sport that basically involves attaching lethal weapons to every limb and chipping your way up a frozen waterfall.

On Friday night we headed to the MOC house in Prevost, Quebec. Although it’s only 45 minutes away from downtown Montreal, the clubhouse has all the makings of a classic naturephile’s getaway: a big fireplace, loads of bunk beds, and proximity to lakes, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing trails, and of course, icy cliffs. (more…)

Jumpstarting your social life in Montreal

We usually gather in really nice venues!

So you just arrived in Montreal a few months ago and you’re overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you need to read, write and do for your grad studies. And it is starting to get cold outside (not today in particular, but still…). And you realize you barely had time for some fun. Don’t panic, there is a way out!

As one of the thousands of expatriates that arrive in Montreal each year, I moved to the city a couple of years ago without knowing anyone. Having known InterNations before, I looked to see whether there was any event going on so I could mingle with fellow expats, but there were no activities in Montreal at that time. After posting some messages in the local forum asking for it, I was invited to organize the events in Montreal and become the city’s “ambassador”.

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