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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.

Kirkland crews have been hard at work moving clean snow to some of the town’s parks. Find the small hills at Meades, Kirkland, Heritage, Des Bénévoles, Holleuffer, Harris, and Ecclestone parks.

Grovehill Park (640 36th Avenue) in Lachine has been delighting kids and their parents for generations. Check out the borough’s website as there are some weekends with activities, entertainment, and even food available next to the hill. And new this year, the borough has complemented nature’s snowfalls with snow-making cannons and dedicated lanes to ensure tons of sledding fun.

des Éperviers Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot has opened up their sledding corridors and on Friday evenings until the end of February there is also a skating and music event with food trucks on site from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Details here.


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.

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 everyday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bédard Park (1591 Bédard) in 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 second year, Vaudreuil-Dorion has used snow cannons to make an awesome hill with sledding lanes. At Bicentenaire Park (corner Paul-Gérin-Lajoie and du Bicentenaire) it’s possible to borrow sledding tubes on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

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).

Côte Saint-Luc’s Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle) boasts a sledding hill with lanes almost 150 metres long. Follow the city’s Facebook page to find out about free hot chocolate on weekends. You can also skate on the lake or try out the traced cross-country ski tracks that run through the park.

Lasalle offers three sledding hills with groomed lanes at Hayward and des Rapides parks and on the grounds of the borough’s city hall (55 Dupras Avenue)

Six groomed corridors have been added to Francesca-Cabrini Park (at the corner of Beaubien and Lacordaire) in Mercier – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Get ready to go fast!

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 NDG. Bring your skates too, because there’s a refrigerated rink just steps away.

Visitors to Beaubien Park (461 Côte-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.

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. And on Nun’s Island, the borough is using snow-making cannons to prepare sledding lanes at West Vancouver Park (20 Blvd. de l’Île-des-Soeurs). The new lanes will be open on Monday February 7, 2022.

Westmounts King George Park (4481 Montrose Ave.) will again this season have groomed toboggan runs available to all. Just remember to read the rules before you head down the hill, and stay clear of the fenced-off area where the hill becomes too steep.

The Plateau, Rosemont, and more

A beauty of a hill is located in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal’s La Fontaine Park (3819 Calixa-Lavallée Avenue) 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.

Montreal-North will again this year create sledding hills in Pilon Park (11135 des Récollets), Sauvé Park (11440 Éthier), and Henri-Bourassa Park (6100 Pascal). Watch for the hills to be made after big snowfalls.

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 Road) 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.

 

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South-Shore

Michel Chartrand Park (1895 Adoncour) in Longueuil has some impressive sledding lanes for an afternoon of fun, and you can also go for a walk, skate, or say hello to the white-tailed deer who live in the woods.

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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