I went to Montreal last year, for Christmas holidays and I was really afraid because of the lowest temperatures and bad weather. I had asked some friends about their experience in Montreal during the winter months, and one of them told me that "Last year was the worst winter ever with -30 °C" . And I was really afraid because I had no idea what can Canadian people do with these extreme temperatures. And they replied me "Hmm, we were staying at home all the time with my cousins."
When I was arrived on Christmas day, the temperature was around - 15/ -18 °C in the afternoon, and it was a steady temperature during all the week. I thought I couldn't have gone out with this kind of weather, and yet, I survived.
I think I spent my whole time in the Old Montreal, and sincerely I don't know why... because I wanted to go to Mount-Royal or discover the other districts but I was already knowing the other ones, because I had been in Montreal during summer, three years ago. Furthermore, it was freezing cold and I'm not sure it was a good idea to visit the city.
We had only one sunny day and it was snowing most of all time. I was disappointed and my mom hates so much when it's snowing. My little brother decided to hibernate and don't go out with us.
For design and food lovers, the Old Montreal district is for you. There are many art galleries, furniture stores, fashion stores, and restaurants.
If you love baked bagel, the best ones that I found are at St-Viateur Bagel Shop (158 St-Viateur West) in the Mile End. This is THE bagel INSTITUTION in Montreal.
If you love skating and more, ice skating, go to Natrel Basin, a nice spot at the heart of the old port in Montreal. It's located near the Montreal Observation Wheel and the Terrasses Bonsecours.
Finally, I also went to the Montreal Eaton Centre, especially for my favorite bookstore in the city : Chapter's Indigo. I bought a lot of stationery there because I can't find those things in Paris.