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It is arguably the best time in modern history to explore the island of Montreal. As we move into the last month of winter (yay), snowshoeing could be an activity on your to-do list.
It’s inexpensive, fun, a great workout, and a perfect way to soak up the sights and sounds of Montreal.
Because Montreal has a plethora of city parks, there are plenty of trails for you to walk around this winter. Take that old pair of snowshoes out of the closet or buy one from a sports store – here are the best trails around Montreal for snowshoeing.
Montreal’s namesake has a 3 kilometer trail that is perfect for snowshoers. You can rent a pair of shoes ($ 12 for two hours) at the Beaver Lake pavilion, then go on a snow-capped mountain adventure.
Mega designates the one who reaches the cross.
The Lachine Canal is a hub for outdoor activities all summer long and winter is no different. Stretching from LaSalle to Saint-Henri, the bike path that runs along the canal is the perfect place to go snowshoeing and soak up all the magnificent views of the city.
Parc Jean Drapeau offers snowshoeing on site until 5 p.m. every day until March 31. There are 2 kilometers of trails and even a small chalet that offers hot chocolate if you need to warm up.
Access to the site costs $ 10, but the photo ops are well worth it.
Maisonneuve Park offers 5 km of trails nestled in the magnificent Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough.
The Park does not offer equipment rental, so you will need to bring your own for this trek.
The Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park is the largest park in the city and it has 5 km of trails for you and your friends to test.
Access to the site costs $ 7.50 for two hours but it is well worth it.
If you want to put on snowshoes and soak up the wooded landscape, Parc-Nature Bois-de-Liesse offers rentals ranging from $ 6 to $ 15.
Admire beautiful streams and forests without even leaving the island.
Parc Angrignon, just outside the metro station, offers 2.7 km of trails. The park does not offer snowshoe rentals but entry is free – decent trading.
Girouard Park in NDG might be your go-to snowshoe spot if you want to stay urban. The park serves as a midpoint between the Maisonneuve cycle path and that of avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Take a walk in the park, grab a coffee or two, and take the bike path for an easy hike into the city center.