In addition to the skating rinks and sledding hills that dot The Plateau-Mount Royal borough, there are now even more ways to get out and enjoy the neighbourhood’s vibrant outdoor spaces. If you’re looking for new winter activities that you can enjoy with the family, unique installations have recently popped up in two Plateau-area parks.
The laboratoire de l’hiver is an initiative of the borough and currently has two outdoor locations: one on Calixa-Lavallée Ave., in the centre of La Fontaine Park (also the setting of the warm-weather toddler bike park), and the other at parc Sans Nom at the north end of Clark St., in Mile-End.
In La Fontaine Park, there is space for free play and a parkour adventure course. Bring your own skates or rent on site and try out the picturesque ice rinks while skating to outdoor music, and then enjoy a hot drink served by Espace La Fontaine at the Café des Merveilles.
Over at the creatively-named parc Sans Nom (No Name Park) beside Lhasa-De Sela Park, users can enjoy free pétanque, synthetic ice for all-weather outdoor curling, and four-season play modules. While the site is accessible at all times, the kiosk lending out pétanque equipment and selling hot chocolate is only open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The pétanque equipment is disinfected between each use.
Both playful environments are designed so that families can safely enjoy the outdoors while respecting sanitary measures. Everyone is welcome and the equipment will be in place until spring. Since COVID-19 restrictions are making it tougher for kids to get the exercise they need, both locations provide another opportunity to encourage unstructured play and help build healthy bodies.
The playful and innovative initiative is made in collaboration with Vivre en ville, Rues Principales and La Pépinière Espaces Collectifs.