Popular bike paths to open mid-April

The Bike Link and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are two spots where families can safely cycle with kids for many kilometres

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Photo credit: Parc Jean Drapeau

With temperatures rising in Montreal, now is the perfect time to dust off your family’s bicycles and start discovering the city. With more than 700 kilometres of bike paths, several bike rental options, it’s a breeze to discover Montreal’s many neighbourhoods and see the city sights.

The Bike Link is a safe, well-maintained marked trail of about 14 kms that links Montreal, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Nun’s Island and the South Shore municipalities: it is one of the rare spots where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike. The bike path is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Route verte, and it provides a wide vista of unique and spectacular views of the city’s downtown area and the Saint Lawrence River.

On April 15, 2021 the Bike Link will open for the season until Nov. 15 for cyclists, inline skaters and joggers. Also opening on the same day is the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the 4.361-kilometre racetrack visited by more than 170,000 people every year and the location of the Canadian Grand Prix in June. The track is open to walkers, joggers and cyclists – so long as you respect the 30km/h speed limit the track has on non-racing weekends.

The segment at Parc Jean-Drapeau is a place where nature, public art and heritage venues converge. There are many facilities along the bike path on the Saint-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands, such as an Information Centre, washrooms, and picnic spots. Parc Jean-Drapeau features more than 25 kilometres of bike paths with views of the city.

For more information, visit parcjeandrapeau.com.

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