Large parks offer winter fun close to home

The city's parks offer a number of outdoor activities for families, including night time guided walks and kite-skiing



Are you ever stumped about what to do with the kids in the winter? You may take them tobogganing at the local park or go skating for an hour but what do you do for the rest of the day?

It can be a challenge to fill winter weekend days with the kids. So, if you’re looking for a three or four hour excursion to fill a big chunk of the day, where you can get outside and enjoy the winter without driving too far, Montreal’s large parks may be the perfect ticket.

The parks are part of the city’s efforts to conserve and promote its green spaces. Montreal taps a number of organizations, whether they’re privately-owned, publicly-run or citizen-led, to help plan and organize activities and maintain its 1,300 hectares of parks.

With some located in the west, north and east end, you can take your pick. Entry to the parks is free and the majority offer typical winter activities (snowshoeing, tobogganing) but there are also unique and unusual activities available, like guided walks under the stars.

PARC-NATURE DE L’ÎLE-DE-LA-VISITATION (Ahuntsic-Cartierville)

Here you can go on walks in the snow using your smartphone as a guide and discover the history of the park and the area. On some Sunday afternoons, they do “Les dimanches autour du feu,” where you’re invited to sit around the fire and take in the ambience. There’s also bird watching and cross-country skiing, toboggans and carpet sleds available for rent.

Hours: Open everyday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m until May 18, 2018

Address: 2425 Gouin Blvd. E, H2B 1X7

Accessible by public transit: Yes (Bus #69)

Phone number: 514-280-6733

Parking: $9 for the day, $7 for two hours, payable cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard)

PARC-NATURE DU CAP-SAINT-JACQUES (Pierrefonds)

Cap-Saint-Jacques is the city’s biggest park, so it’s no wonder it offers the most diverse lineup of activities including workshops for cross-country skiing enthusiasts to bone up on their skills, snow-shoeing, tobogganing and until April 15, a sweet treat: a makeshift cabane à sucre.

Hours: The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sundown.

Address: 20099 Gouin Blvd. W, H9K 1C6

Accessible by public transit: Yes (Bus #68)

Phone number: 514-280-6871

Parking: $9 for the day, $7 for two hours, payable cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard)

PARC-NATURE DU BOIS-DE-LIESSE (Pierrefonds/St. Laurent)

This park features a century-old forest and a maple grove where rare trees grow. There’s also a diverse assortment of animal and plant life. They offer activities like snow sculpting as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoes, toboggans and carpet sled rentals.

Hours: Open everyday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m between Dec.16 to March 11, 2018 then from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
           Tuesday through Sunday from March 12 to April 27, 2018

Address: 9432 Gouin Blvd. W, H8Y 1T4 or 3555 Douglas-B.-Floreani St., H4S 1Y6

Accessible by public transit: Yes (Bus #69 and #68 for Pierrefonds entrance, #175 or 215 for St. Laurent entrance)

Phone number: 514-280-6729 or 514-280-6678

Parking: $9 for the day, $7 for two hours, payable cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard)

‚ÄčPARC-NATURE DE L’ANSE-À-L’ORME (Pierrefonds)

This park is right by the water and offers spectacular views of the Lake of Two Mountains. Ice fishing enthusiasts come here to practice their craft.

Hours: Open every day from 7 a.m. to sundown

Address: Intersection of Gouin Blvd. W and l’Anse-à-l’Orme Rd., H9K 1C1

Accessible by public transit: Yes (Bus #64 and #68)

Phone number: 514-280-6871

Parking: $9 for the day, $7 for two hours, payable cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard)

PARC-NATURE DE LA POINTE-AUX-PRAIRIES (Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles)

Right on the eastern tip of the island, this park is known for the ecosystems it contains, from forest to wetland and glades. It too is a great spot for bird watching and other animal sightings. There are kilometres of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails and toboggans and carpet sleds are available for rent.

Hours: Open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Address: 14905 Sherbrooke St. E, H1A 3X1

Accessible by public transit: Yes (Bus #186)

Phone number: 514-280-6691

Parking: $9 for the day, $7 for two hours, payable cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard)

For more information on these or Montreal’s other large parks, visit bit.ly/1fnxXlf and click “Découvrir un grand parc” on the left-hand side. The website is in French only. 

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Resource Directory