Now that winter is upon us and the holiday season is a pleasant memory, several West Island municipalities are preparing their annual winter festivals to delight the young and young at heart.

The city of Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue is holding it’s outdoor fun the weekend of Saturday, February 1st with a number of activities.

Teaming up with the Morgan Arboretum, this family based afternoon runs from noon till 4 p.m. will feature a myriad of outdoor activities like cross country skiing, snow sculpture building, sledding or hiking. There is no entry fee and hot cholocate is free but there is a paid barbecue on site.

The ever popular bed races on Main Street take place at 6:30 and are designated for the 18 and older set. Teams can be registered prior to this Saturday at

That night from 7 to 9, dance under the stars at the Outdoor Disco & Winter Festive Bar that takes place in front of city hall.

Dorval’s winter fest kicks off Saturday, February 1st as well with a dynamic skating performance by Threshold and attendees are encouraged to bring their skates to have fun on ice following their fast moving spectacle. The fun starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Dorval Arena.

That Thursday, comedians will take the stage at the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, performing for adults and for $24, it includes an Italian meal.

On Saturday, there will afternoon activities for the whole family that will feature lunch, a candy bar, face and nail painting, big bounce games and the screening of Racetime between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre.

The city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux will hosts its afternoon carnival on Saturday, February 1st with a tentative date for the following Saturday in the event of inclement weather.

All the fun takes place at Centennial Park from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include horse drawn wagon rides, a heated igloo, a large bonfire and even fire breathers will be there so bring a headlamp to get a taste of the taffy on the snow.

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