Parks provide free activities this fall

Several of Montreal's large parks are hosting educational talks and physical challenges

It may be back-to-school season but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and the city of Montreal is offering various free family activities at its eight large nature parks.

At Cap St. Jacques, for example, families can try out Slackline, an activity that tests balance skills by doing different movements, postures and acrobatics on an elastic strap about 25 to 50 mm wide, tied between two trees. This will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge. Visitors can also learn about the history of the park in a presentation on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Younger kids can also enjoy the park’s animal farm, free and open until Oct. 27. A shuttle bus service is available every Saturday until Oct. 13 leaving from Square Victoria, downtown Montreal. The cost is $8 round trip for those 13 and over. Children under 2 don’t pay, while kids ages 3-13 pay $4.

The Bois de Liesse park will host free treasure hunts Wednesdays through Mondays from noon until 3 p.m. until Oct. 27. The game requires participants to use a clue book along the outdoor trails to find the four keys to open a treasure.

Additionally, at Pointe Aux Prairies, educators will be giving a talk all about Montreal’s bat species on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

For Phillippe Sabourin, a spokesperson for the City of Montreal, the goal of organizing these activities is for families to have an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors together. While most activities are free, there are parking fees. The parks are pet friendly and visitors can bring picnics.

For more information, visit parcs-nature.com.

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