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Free outdoor activities at South Shore park

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

Outdoor winter fun

The third edition of the Rendez-vous Polaires, is being held from January 7 to March 5, 2023. The event features family-friendly winter activities at the large nature park’s open-air site.

Outdoor lovers of all ages can skate its 850-metre illuminated path, follow almost 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails running beside the rapids of the St. Lawrence River; or hike, snowshoe or ride a fatbike on the multipurpose trail. In addition, illuminated sledding tracks will be installed east of the reception pavilion.

Some special events (also free!) include bouncy castles and inflatables on January 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bumper cars on ice on January 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and an introduction to skating on February 5 from noon to à 4 p.m.

A DJ will be on-site on Saturdays to get everyone moving and grooving. Also, an outdoor café-restaurant will be available where adults and kids can recharge with a warm drink.

Rentals available

Bring your own equipment or rent fatbikes, snowshoes, skates, sledding tubes, kicksleds, dog harnesses, hockey sticks & pucks. on-site on weekends. 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 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entrance to the site is free and parking costs $12 on weekends only.

RécréoParc is located at 5340 Marie-Victorin, Sainte-Catherine.

For more information, visit recreoparc.org or its Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Related Read: Free sledding hills around Montreal

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