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Montreal Families

Sledding hills open at Ignace-Bourget

From December 27, 2021 until March 6, 2022, the Sud-Ouest borough will once again have sledding hills and free equipment (tubes) at Ignace-Bourget Park.

In 2019, the park had been home to Pente à Neige, a winter playground with tubing, skiing, and other outdoor activities. But the borough surprised many by not renewing its contract with Pente à Neige. This decision was the result of a poll taken by borough residents; with 73 per cent of respondents stating they wanted free recreational amenities rather than the paid programming that the hill had offered.

A completely redesigned sledding hill

The park’s large hill has been successfully redeveloped into two free sections for sledding. One area caters to families and promotes an introduction to the thrill of zipping down a wintry hill, while the other is aimed at more seasoned sledders. Snow-making equipment ensures good conditions throughout the season, and illuminated tracks let families use the hill into the evening.

Due to the pandemic, entertainment will not be on offer this season, and the chalet is only open for use of the bathrooms (masks required). To ensure the safety of users, supervisors will be on-site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; and all physical distancing rules will be enforced. Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended as in wearing a mask while on the hill.

Tube reservations

Though access to the hill and equipment is free, reservations must be made online between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m the day before your visit.  You must reserve a tube for each family member. You can also book on-site, however, your place is not guaranteed and it is strongly recommended that you book online.

The duration of the loan varies between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on the day. Only one reservation per day is allowed. Once there, a valid photo ID per family will be required to collect your tubes. A loan service for standard sleds is available at the hill. You can also slide with your own sleds without reservation.

Ignace-Bourget Park is located in the Émard–Cote-Saint-Paul district, and is a five-minute walk from the Angrignon Metro station.

For up-to-date information, hours of operation, and reservation information, visit the hill’s website at centremgrpigeon.com

Related Read: Free sledding hills around Montreal

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