Montrealers hit the shops in droves on Boxing Day, a tradition that shows no sign of being replaced by online deals.

Frigid temperatures weren’t enough to keep the crowds away from in-store deals, with line-ups forming well before opening hours at stores across Montreal.

One Best Buy had at least 500 people lined-up outside as they waited for the doors to open.

“The date of the 26th has always been the biggest day of the year, the day that we all work all day long to prepare it and I believe that it will keep on being the biggest day of the year,” said the store’s general manager, Hamed Davari.

Online deals can’t replace hands-on shopping for customer Rachid Belkacemi. He believes you still get deals in-store that you don’t see online.

“You can't get the same shopping experience online,” he told CBC News.”It's best you know to come and see and buy."