We had a lovely time in Montreal, but even know I might have to head back to take the kids to some of these parks. Thanks Keith!
Montreal, Quebec is a city that is dominated by green space. From one end of the city to the other there are no shortage of great parks that can be visited at any time of the year. As a city that obviously lives the Canadian Winter, most of Montreal’s parks adapt for the season, with basketball courts making way for skating rinks and ball diamonds turning into Winter wonderlands.
So, what are some of Montreal’s best parks? To find out I spoke with JustFly. An online travel company, JustFly helps travellers get to and discover the best in the destinations they are visiting. They provided me with their top three choices for Montreal’s best parks that you can visit any time of the year.
Located in Montreal’s trendy Plateau neighbourhood, Parc LaFontaine is an urban monster park. Featuring numerous athletic facilities, playgrounds, and large green spaces, Parc LaFontaine is a great place for families looking for a little bit of everything. In the Winter Parc LaFontaine turns into one of the best places in the city to strap on some skates and enjoy a Winter day outside. While the rinks are often filled with people playing hockey, there are natural bodies of water that are largely reserved for leisurely skates with the family according to JustFly’s review. Also note, the park is located a short walk from St Laurent and St Denis streets. These areas are loaded with excellent restaurants, bars, and shops that are prime for the exploring.
Sharing its name with the city, Parc Mont-Royal is almost certainly Montreal’s most popular park. Making up much of the mountain that makes up the core of Montreal, the park features a vast network of trails for biking or hiking and numerous lookouts where you can grab a solid look at the city from above. By law buildings in Montreal are not allowed to exceed the height of the mountain, preserving the view from the park. In addition to hiking and gazing at the city, Beaver Lake is a big attraction as either a local swimming hole or massive surface for a day out on the ice on your skates. If you are feeling brave, try testing your might by biking up the mountain. It can be gruelling, but the ride down is spectacular.
Located in Montreal’s largely anglophone Notre-Dame- De-Grace (NDG) neighbourhood, Parc Girouard is on the smaller side, but does feature a beautiful area for relaxing in the heart of the bustling neighbourhood. Some big attractions include the dog park, playgrounds, and athletic facilities. Special events go on at the park frequently. This includes plays, movie nights, and her arts-inspired soirees. The area itself is also home to numerous restaurants and cafes. To access Parc Girouard you simply have to take the metro to Station Vendome and walk roughly five minutes West on bustling Sherbrooke street.
Keith Holland is the Community Manager for Momentum Travel in Montreal, Quebec. He is a graduate of Humber College's Journalism Program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.