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A slew of winter activities at VSP parks

There’s a whole lot happening in the parks of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension this winter, and all that’s needed is the snowy weather, and you! Throughout the season, the borough and its community partners will be animating activities, hosting events and festivals, and loaning out seasonal equipment. Ready, set, play!

Borrow gear

Loisirs du Parc and  PEYO are loaning out skates, cross-country skis, and snowshoes for a period of four weeks. Visit the entrance hall of the William-Hingston complex (419 Saint-Roch) to fill out a form and pay a deposit of $5 per pair (cash only). Inventory is limited and is offered first come, first served. Once you’ve picked up your new equipment, head into nearby Jarry Park to try it all out.

January loan session:
Pick up date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Loan return date: Saturday, February 18, 2023

February loan session:
Pick up date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Loan return date: Saturday, March 25, 2023

See details and opening times here: montreal.ca/articles/pret-dequipements-sportifs-dans-vsp-9072

Skates loan

In collaboration with the René-Goupil Recreation Centre and Patro Villeray, the borough is offering skate loans for the season. Skates can be borrowed from the René-Goupil Recreation Centre (4121, 42nd Street) or Patro Villeray (7355, avenue Christophe-Colomb). Skates must be returned by either March 1 or 31, depending on which location you borrow them from.  A deposit of $5 per pair of skates or per family will be requested (cash only).

Visit here for more information: montreal.ca/articles/pret-dequipements-sportifs-dans-vsp-9072

Frédéric-Back Park

TOHU will once again offer free loan of cross-country skis, snowshoes, and even kites! And new in 2023 is the free loan of sleds to use on one of two hills. A network of more than seven kilometres of cross-country ski trails will be accessible to all and there are beautiful walking paths at this huge park.

For more details visit tohu.ca


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More outdoor programming

The Loisirs communautaires Saint-Michel (LCSM) will offer a series of outdoor activities in François-Perrault Park (7525, rue François-Perrault).

LCSM will be offering skating lessons as well as free skating sessions to residents. From January 28 to April 1, there will be skating lessons for 4 to 6-year-olds on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. as well as for 7 to 11-year-olds, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — absolutely free. First come first served. Register at lcsm.qc.ca or in person at 7501, rue François-Perrault in order to reserve your place.

Free skating will be held on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to everyone. The centre will also offer the loan of snowshoes (Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and skates (Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) at the park François-Perrault chalet. 

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