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Montreal Families

Winter fun at Oka National Park

If you’re looking to refresh your mind and body, play in the snow, soak up some vitamin D, and enjoy fresh winter days, Oka National Park provides the opportunity to practice winter sports in a picturesque setting.

Whether your family craves a quiet hike among the trees while listening to the cheeping chickadees, or longs for excitement with some fat biking in the snow, Oka has activities that appeal to everyone.

Cross-country skiing

Oka has six groomed cross-country ski trails over 40 kilometres that range in difficulty—from beginner to expert. Note that trail number five is only accessible for backcountry skiing. There is an additional fee on top of the regular park access fee to use the ski trails but it is free for those 17 and under. The park also offers group lessons for children.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing enthusiasts can enjoy trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There are four marked trails to traverse: from the easy 60-minute L’Écureuil, to the two-hour La Sauvagine trail. More experienced snowshoers can try out the rough terrain of Calvaire Hill.

Fatbiking

Bicycles equipped with oversized tires, known as fatbikes, are ideal for use on snowy or sandy surfaces. Rent them at Le Littoral Visitors Centre. Reservation by phone (1-800-665-6527) is mandatory at least 24 hours in advance. Rental is free for those 17 and under in the company of their family. Additional daily fees (paid on site) are applicable to access to fatbike trails during the winter season ($8 for adults, free for children 17 and under). Oka National Park access fees are not included and must be pre-purchased.

Sledding

Two natural sledding hills are offered in the park. Little ones can enjoy the short and gentle slope at the hill near the Littoral sector. Older kids can zip down the hill near the Calvaire parking lot.

Hiking

There are more than 20 kilometres of trails to enjoy. Hikers can travel along the lake, protected from the wind by a buffer of trees, or take in the scenic view along the more challenging Calvaire d’Oka trail. For something new, rent a kick sled to try out on the relatively flat easy hikes. To make the winter hikes accessible to everyone, the park has Ski-Vels, a contraption that allows you to push a manual wheelchair on the snow. They are available for free at the Le Littoral Visitors Centre (reservation by phone is mandatory at 1-800-665-6527).

Hippocampe wheelchair

Oka also has two recreational wheelchairs adapted for both winter snow trails and summer water sports.  For winter use, the Hippocampe wheelchair is fitted with a ski under the front wheel, giving those visitors a chance to explore the park with their friends and family. They are loaned out free of charge at Le Littoral Visitors Centre.

Equipment rentals

Make sure equipment is available before purchasing your daily access pass or your cross-country ski ticket. Reservation is only by phone (1-800-665-6527) and is mandatory at least 24 hours in advance. Equipment rental is not refundable or modifiable.

Visit the website for all rental rates.

Park access

Adult (18 and over) $9.25
Children (17 and under) FREE
Note that children 17 years and younger must still be registered when purchasing daily access even if they are admitted free of charge to the park.

Park access tickets and daily cross-country ski tickets MUST be purchased on the website prior to visiting. Only those who pre-purchase their tickets or who have an annual card can access the park. It is recommended that visitors arrive early. For more information, contact 1-800-665-6527.

Visit the website for daily rates and reservations. You can also check snow conditions on the website.

Free for those 17 and under

Access to national parks, cross-country ski trails as well as the loan of cross-country ski equipment, snowshoes, and fat bikes is free for those 17 and under.

New this season: Thanks to an initiative by the Quebec Government, access to Québec’s national parks will be free for all two days a week between December 28, 2022 and March 14, 2023. Find more information here: sepaq.com/promotion-rabais/parcs-nationaux/acces-gratuit.dot

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