Free winter activities on South Shore

Families desperate to find outdoor fun for the kids will be happy to hear about a new winter playground in Ste. Catherine

Free winter activities on South Shore

Photo credit: RécréoParc

A new outdoor event with many free winter activities is being held on the South Shore – just a 30-minute drive from Montreal at RécréoParc in Sainte-Catherine.

This first edition of the Rendez-vous Polaires, being held from January 16 until February 14, features family-friendly winter activities at a large nature park’s open-air site.  Outdoor lovers of all ages can skate its half-kilometre illuminated path, follow 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails running beside the rapids of the St. Lawrence River, or hike a two and half kilometre snowshoe trail. In addition, illuminated sledding tracks will be installed east of the reception pavilion. On Saturdays a DJ will be on-site from noon to 5 p.m. to get everyone moving and grooving, and an outdoor café-restaurant will be available where adults and kids can recharge with a warm drink.

Fun for everyone

RécréoParc’s General Director Dominic Guinta says that the event is geared towards residents of the MRC Roussillon region, as well as outdoor enthusiasts and families from around Montreal. “With this new project, we do plan to attract more people from around the Greater Montreal area each year so they can discover our splendid regional park.”

Safety measures in place

For the safety of visitors and staff, public health regulations will be in place throughout the site. “Signage will be installed at the outdoor site to remind visitors that they must follow the same distancing rules issued by the government for almost one year,” Guinta says. “Our site is huge so it won’t be a problem for visitors to respect the two metre required distance.”

In the rental centre, visitors will have to follow the same measures as when entering any business: wash their hands, wear a mask, respect distance and there will be a maximum number of people allowed in the building.

Rentals available

Bring your own equipment or rent skates, snowshoes, and sledding tubes on site. Rental rates are between $5 and $10, and skating aids for little ones are available at no charge.

The activities will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance to the site and parking are both free for everyone.

RécréoParc is located at 5340 Marie-Victorin, Sainte-Catherine. For more information, go to or their Facebook page for up-to-date information.