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Montreal Families

Free sledding hills around Montreal

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It’s getting cold in Montreal, and that means it’s time to bundle up, stuff an extra pair of mitts into the kids’ pockets, and get outside to enjoy the city’s snow-covered hills and slopes. ‘Cause during winter, not much beats heading to a favourite sledding spot with friends (and some hot chocolate) and zipping down the hill on sleds, crazy carpets, or even a piece of cardboard!

To help you and your kids enjoy one of childhood’s greatest thrills, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best public sledding spots around Montreal. You’ll find small hills off the beaten path and well-known slopes that attract people from the neighbourhood and beyond.

Western Montreal and Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Residents of Baie D’Urfé know that Allan’s Hill Park (19992 Lakeshore Dr.) is the place to be. Its large hill is far away from public roads and a small parking lot is located just off Lakeshore Avenue. To find the hill, just follow the sounds of laughter.

Centennial Park (3000 Lake St.) in Dollard-des-Ormeaux is one of the West Island’s most popular hills. Follow the signs from the large parking lot and read the posted rules before heading down the (somewhat) steep slope. While you’re there, take a winter stroll around the lake or through the woods.

While there’s a small hill near Dorval’s main arena, just behind the city’s Westwood Arena (750 Thorncrest Ave.) and adjacent to the airport is where you’ll find a great sledding spot. It’s sledding with a view!

Hudson‘s Thompson Park has a (small) groomed tobogganing hill.

Grovehill Park (640 36th Avenue) in Lachine has been delighting kids and their parents for generations. Check out the borough’s website a bit later in the season as there are some weekends with activities, entertainment, and even food available next to the hill.

Parc des Éperviers in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot will hopefully be opening up their sledding corridors soon, and usually have skating, music, and food trucks on Friday evenings. Check out their social media pages to see when the hill is read.

A small hill is located at Grier Park (17760 Meloche) in Pierrefonds, and locals also enjoy the slope in the middle of Alexander Park (14899 Oakwood).

My childhood hill is still my favourite spot to bring my kids. Sunnyside Hill (125 Belmont Av.) in Pointe-Claire is a popular place where families mingle and enjoy warm drinks while the kids travel down and back up over and over again. Park at the bottom of the hill along Belmont.

Sunnyside Hill. Credit: Christine Latreille

Pincourt offers two great hills for visitors: Olympique Park (375 Cardinal-Léger Blvd.) and Taillon Park (1180 Duhamel) are built and maintained by the city and lit every day from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bédard Park (1591 Bédard) Saint-Lazare has a small hill with lanes for your sleds, snow racers, and crazy carpets. Please read the posted rules and use the proper corridor to get back to the top of the hill.

For the third year, Vaudreuil-Dorion is using snow cannons to make awesome hills with sledding lanes. Families can borrow tubes from December 24 to January 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except for Jan 1).

Central Montreal

Ahuntsic-Cartierville has two great sledding hills in the middle of large parks. Fly down the slopes at Hirondelles Park (2601 Sauvé East) and Ahuntsic Park (10555 Lajeunesse).

In 2021, Cote Saint-Luc’s Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle) boasted a sledding hill with lanes almost 150 metres long. Fingers crossed it will be built again this season as soon as we get enough snow. Later in the season, you can also skate on the lake or try out the traced cross-country ski tracks that run through the park.

Mount-Royal Park is a well-known spot for tourists and locals, and while you can rent tubes, there are also free sledding spots near Beaver Lake or try the hill near Parc Ave.

It might not be exciting enough for teens, but little ones will have a thrill sliding down the gentle slope at Confederation Park in N.D.G. Bring your skates too, because there’s a refrigerated rink just steps away.

Visitors to Beaubien Park (461 Cote-Sainte-Catherine) in Outremont can hear kids (and parents) laughing and squealing as they head down the just-about-perfect slope located near McEachran Ave.

The borough of Saint-Laurent has fun hills including Philippe-Laheurte Park (4205 Ernest-Hemingway near John-Lyman Road) where the hill has signs marking beginner to “expert” level of steepness, Hartenstein Park (1505 Cardinal St.) with a tall hill, Saint-Laurent Park (845 Poirier Road) with a couple of easy slopes, and Bois-Franc Park (2728 des Andes) where you can also go for a brisk walk around the lake.

Westmounts King George Park (4481 Montrose Ave.). Stay tuned as we wait for information on whether the hill will once again have groomed toboggan runs…

Arthur-Therrien Park (3750 Gaétan-Laberge Blvd.) in Verdun offers a fun hill for big and little kids. Check the borough’s website for info on free tube rentals with your Loisirs Montréal card.

The Plateau, Rosemont, and more

A beauty of a hill is located in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal’s La Fontaine Park (3819 Calixa-Lavallée Ave.) near Rachel Street East. People of all ages line the top of the slope facing the park’s pond to enjoy a quick glide down the hill.

Lafond Park (3500 Laurier East) in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie has a great slope for the young ones. Watch the borough’s Facebook page as they announce the return of snow-making canons in some of its parks.

Jarry Park (205 Gary-Carter Rd.) in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension is a wonderland of winter activities. After sledding at the somewhat steep hill (located beside the swimming pool) you can also ice skate and cross-country ski.

South-Shore

Parc de la Cité (6201 Davis Blvd.) in Saint-Hubert has a large hill that’s lit until 10:30 p.m. Both South Shore parks have full-service reception centres where you can also rent gear.

Snow conditions for hills in Montreal boroughs can be checked before heading out. Visit montreal.ca/en/services/winter-site-conditions under the “sledding” section. For the other cities, you’ll have to visit to see how the snow is.

All of the hills listed above are free and open to the public. When visiting, please respect all signage, fences, and parking restrictions. And because accidents sometimes happen, especially on crowded hills, read the tips below so that the fun never ends.

◾ Always wear a ski or hockey helmet. Bicycle helmets (while better than nothing at all) are only tested up to -10º Celsius and must be replaced after one crash.

◾ Always supervise children and have them sit up or kneel on their sleds.

◾ Watch out for roadways and other obstacles and avoid sledding on crowded slopes.

◾ Slide down the middle of the hill and climb up along the sides.

For a full list of safety tips, visit montrealfamilies.ca/safety-guidelines-for-tobogganing

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