Out of the 1000 parks that we’ve visited over the past few years, the Parc Multisports remains my kids’ absolute favourite. It’s weird, unexpected, and totally fun!
There are plenty of ways to get active at this huge park that’s great for all ages and abilities. The colourful poured-in-place rubber surfacing is punctuated by different obstacles that allow children, teens, and even adults to test their coordination and balance while climbing, jumping, and swinging.
Kids can launch themselves across one of the super bouncy in-ground trampolines, test their strength along the climbing wall, and cross all sorts of ropes and posts. Toddlers will find an array of stimulating sensory panels to explore, a wave climber to crawl across, and their own scaled-down playhouse and rope challenges.
There are also cool geometric mounds to climb and jump across (or scoot down on your bum), bars to swing from, a traditional swing and a saucer swing, ramps and bars to maneuver, slides, ground-level activities, and parkour-type challenges for those hard-to-please tweens and teens.
Once you’ve worked up a sweat, climb up the stairs or travel along the cleverly designed wheelchair-accessible path to the refreshing splash pad. Modern and sleek, it has tall water jets, a huge sphere that bubbles water out its top, sprayers that are just perfect for aiming at unsuspecting siblings, and interactive puddles that squirt as you jump on them.
There is no shade over any of the play areas or splash pad so it can make for a very hot outing. I recommend heading there early morning or on a cooler day.
But wait, there’s even more!
Plan to spend a few hours here because, after the fun of the playground and splash pad, you can keep exploring. Just a short walk from the play area is the 10-million square-foot Lac-Jérôme Nature Park with six kilometres of trails through mature trees and alongside a bubbling stream. The hard-packed trail is stroller-friendly, or bring your bikes for a leisurely ride.
And for those looking for a thrill, a new 30,000 square foot concrete skatepark — one of the largest in Quebec — opened in 2020 and features an array of ledges, rails, stairs ideal for beginners to experts. It has a maximum number of skaters, so try and get there early.
- The splash pad is open from June to mid-September, from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Touch the silver sensor on the ground to start the water sequence. The water will turn off automatically.
- Picnic tables, chairs, and benches are located near the playground and the splash pad. Again, there is no shade.
- Bike racks, porta-potties, and a drinking fountain are located near the parking lot.
- Three synthetic soccer/football fields are nearby.
- One of Quebec’s largest skateparks is located steps away.
- Easy and close access to Lac-Jérôme Natural Park, which includes 6 km of trails that are accessible free of charge year-round.
Projects planned over the next few years for this huge sports district include a multifunctional sports centre (with indoor synthetic pitch), a swimming pool, a baseball field, and new outdoor trails at Lac-Jérôme Natural Park.
750 rue Filion, Saint-Jérôme, near the l’Aréna régional de la Rivière-du-Nord
A large (free) parking lot is located right beside the playground and splash pad. An accessible ramp can be found near the splash pad and leads down to the play areas. A special note about traffic: If you’re visiting from Montreal, Highway 15 can have heavy traffic from Friday evenings until Sunday evening so plan accordingly.
Except for the skatepark, all photos are by Christine Latreille.