Terrific toboggan runs around Montreal

We’ve done some research to help you find the nearest tobogganing hill to you...so grab your sled, dress the kids warmly and head for the hills

Terrific toboggan runs around Montreal

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There are many terrific toboggan runs around Montreal and we’ve compiled a list for our readers. Check out these amazing spots for a fun day of sledding with the family.

Please note that toboggan-related injuries are at an all-time high this season so please read this article before heading out with the kids. It is also best to check each city’s website or social media for up-to-date regulations as some hills are being reserved for residents only.

Bois de Liesse Nature Park

Douglas B.Floreani St., St. Laurent
(Des Champs Visitor Centre), 514-280-6678
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You’ll find two hills here dedicated to tobogganing.

Services: Toboggan and crazy carpet and sled rental or bring your own sled
Food/drink: None available at the moment.
Chalet: Closed at the moment due to COVID restrictions.
Other activities: Walking trails, nine kilometres of cross-country skiing trails and nie kilometres for snowshoeing. Free ski and snowshoe rentals available in 2021 for Montreal-island children 17 and under.

All activities are up and running this season. However, in order to comply with public health guidelines, signage is placed around the park to remind visitors to keep their distance. Also, staff will be on hand to make sure visitors are doing so.

Click here for a map of the park.

Ignace-Bourget Park

5925, de Montmagny Ave,, Le Sud-Ouest, Montreal
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The park’s large hill has been redeveloped into two free sections for sledding this year. One area caters to families, while the other is aimed at more seasoned sledders.

Services: Tubes can be borrowed by reserving online the day before, or bring your own sled
Food/drink: None available.
Chalet: The chalet is accessible only for bathrooms. Users must wear a mask indoors.
Other activities: Skis, snowboards, and GT-racers are prohibited on the groomed hill.

The sliding track is open to everyone from January 8 to March 7. See the website for the full schedule.

To ensure the safety of users, supervisors will be on-site and users must respect the posted rules at all times (in particular info about climbing zones, and leaving the bottom of the slides quickly). Wearing a helmet is recommended.

Île de la Visitation Nature Park 

2425 Gouin Blvd. E., Montreal
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Services: Rent or bring your own sled
Food/drink: None available at the moment.
Chalet: Closed at the moment due to COVID restrictions.
Other activities: Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, walking, etc. Free ski and snowshoe rentals available in 2021 for Montreal-island children 17 and under.

Reminders to physically distance have been placed throughout the park, and park personnel will be present to ensure public health guidelines are being followed.

Jean-Drapeau Park

67 Macdonald, Montreal
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Services: Bring your own sleds, there are no sleds or tubes for rent.
Food/drink: Hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be available
Chalet: Warming areas located in the wooded area, and at the Aquatic Complex will be accessible. A mask needs to be worn in all indoor places.
Other activities: Skating on a refrigerated rink, ice wall climbing, fat bikes, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing. Read about all of the activities here.

Laval Nature Centre 

901 Ave. du Parc, Laval
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There are five slopes in the park dedicated to tobogganing and tubing as well as two chalets to warm up in.

Because of the pandemic, this season, you will need to reserve a spot in advance in order to use the slopes. Reservations must be done online. When you arrive at the park, you must visit the ticket office to pick up your reservation ticket.

Services: Rent a tube or bring your own sled
Food/drink: Restaurant on site
Chalet: Yes, they have two
Other activities: Skating, intro to downhill skiing for ages 5-8, cross country skiing, mini-farm, green house and hiking trails.

The mini-farm and green house are closed for this season. All activities are free, and are weather permitting. The centre recommends people to check their website before heading there to make sure conditions are adequate.

Reservations for public skating and skiing is also required this season. For more info, visit the Centre de la Nature website.

Mount Royal Park – Beaver Lake Pavillon 

2000 Remembrance Rd., Montreal
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Tobogganing and snow tubing on dedicated lanes are just two of several winter activities offered at one of the city’s most beloved parks.

Services: Rent or bring your own sled. As of January 11, equipment will be reserved for two-hour periods and must be reserved at least one week in advance.
Food/drink: Yes
Chalet: Yes (there’s a pavilion). For the 2020/2021 season, the pavilion is closed, except for the washrooms and the Café des Amis.
Other activities: Snowshoeing, skating, cross-country ski lesson, Nordic kick-sledding, guided snowshoe walks with an environmental educator.

Until March 14, 2021, only a maximum of 50 people will be allowed to skate at the Mount Royal Park at the same time. The waiting line will be a maximum of 20 people at a time.

Click here for an interactive map of the park.

Oka Park 

2020 chemin d’Oka, Oka
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For the outdoor enthusiast family, Oka Park offers excellent sledding as well as other outdoor activities.

Because of the pandemic, if you do not own an annual pass to access Oka Park, you must purchase your daily pass in advance to access the park. For renting accommodation units, only people residing at the same address are allowed in one accommodation. For renting camping equipment, one family per unit is recommended.

In order to respect public health guidelines, indoor and outdoor gatherings are not permitted, unless you live at the same address. Visit the website to see the list of Oka Park’s preventative measures.

Services: Rent or bring your own sled
Food/drink: Yes
Chalet: Yes
Other activities: Kick-sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. For cross-country skiing, 24 hours notice for equipment reservation is required.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces and huts.

Click here for a map of the park.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park

6975 Mackle Rd., Cote St. Luc
514-485-6806 (Rentals) • 514-485-6824 (Chalet)
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Enjoy the beautiful surrounding of this neighbourhood park while the kids zip down the hill on a sled. Open from beginning of January to the end of February. The use of helmets is strongly recommended.

Services: Bring your own sled
Food/drink: Hot chocolate from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends
Chalet: Yes (on weekends)
Other activities: Skating on a covered rink for CSL residents.

Weekend hot chocolate and the bathrooms inside the chalets will not be available for the time being.

Pointe aux Prairies Nature Park 

14905 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal
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You’ll not only find great sledding in this park but also lots of wildlife and more than 180 species of birds.

Services: Rent or bring your own sled
Food/drink: Vending machines
Chalet: Yes
Other activities: Environmental science activities, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. Free ski and snowshoe rentals available in 2021 for Montreal-island children 17 and under.

Activities are running as usual, despite the pandemic, but signs have been placed and staff have been added to make sure people are keeping their distance.