The Olympic Park is extremely proud to announce that its 2013-2014 winter programming at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life attracted close to 50,000 visitors and tourists, all of whom enjoyed free family activities in the Winter Village created in December 2013.
Located this year behind the Pie-IX Metro station, the Winter Village allowed visitors to revel in winter fun on a refrigerated outdoor skating rink, warm up near cozy heaters, and enjoy a variety of foods at the winter food court. The village also hosted a number of other family-friendly activities throughout the winter.
Also, for five weeks, the popular Christmas in the Park festival—which has been bringing art, music, and culture to Montreal's parks for twenty years—transformed the Esplanade into a festive winter playground with concerts, performances, a sheep pen, and a traditional Christmas tree sale.
For the second straight year, First Saturdays, presented in collaboration with the Quebec Street Food Association and the Station In Vivo coffee shop, welcomed popular street food vendors throughout the winter season. Every first Saturday afternoon of the month, Montreal foodies savoured Snow Food, a unique culinary experience highlighting the different ways of enjoying food outdoors in winter.
Powered by Rogers, BARBEGAZI, the winter action sports festival, gained on the momentum it created in 2013. Professional snowmobilers performed impressive and awe-inspiring jumps, lumberjacks vying to be crowned woodcutting champions wielded saws at breakneck speeds, and up and coming snowskate stars wowed the crowds with breathtaking tricks. In addition to the action sports, a free barber was on site offering shaving services to any man resembling a barbegazi, the mythical creature the festival is named for.
Finally, l’Esplanade Financière Sun Life's second year as host to Nuit Blanche à Montréal was a resounding success, welcoming over 10,000 festival-goers. Thanks to a collaborative effort with Space for Life and the Olympic Park Pole, revellers of all ages enjoyed a night of San Francisco-inspired activities. Visitors were also able to ride a cable car (pulled by horses!) on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, much like they would in San Francisco!
Relive winter at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life through the following pictures:
Summer is coming!
In addition to new attractions at l’Esplanade Financière Sun Life, such as the Exalto urban acrobatic park and the Montreal Country festival, the Olympic Park is gearing up for a summer rich in events and activities sure to please the whole family. Summer programming will be announced in the spring and will focus on sport, culture, physical activity, and sustainable development. The organization and coordination of activities at the Esplanade will continue to strive to increase tourism, strengthen Montreal's position as a leader in event staging, and bring together residents of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.