Where to go snowshoeing in Montréal

Rebecca Sellers

Hailing originally from the big country skies of Manitoba, Rebecca adopted Montréal over 20 years ago after living in Québec City and France as a student. When she is not writing, translating or teaching English, she can be found pedaling the city’s bike paths, strolling the streets in search of hidden gems, and striking up conversations with local merchants, creators and folks in the neighbourhood.

Winter in Montréal opens up a world of possibilities for outdoor fun- and one great example is snowshoeing. This low-fuss and low-impact activity gives you a cardio workout, lungs full of fresh air and the chance to enjoy some time alone or with friends, family or fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some top spots to strap on your shoes and get the most of our city snowscapes.

Mount Royal Park

The snowshoeing trails of the city’s “backyard’ are a great place to spot creatures furry and feathered as you walk among the trees. Be sure to stop off at the Belvedere for a pic – rosy cheeks, bright smiles and the glittering city in the background will make it an Insta-hit! Bonus: Les amis de la montagne offers guided snowshoeing tours at night.

RENTALS: Yes
 

Parc La Fontaine

Take your snowshoes to this popular Plateau park and watch the magic of a Montréal winter unfold around you, as people skate, slide and stroll around its twinkling pond and under its beautiful snowy boughs.

RENTALS: Yes
 

Parc Maisonneuve

You can get in a quite a few kilometres at this much-loved 63-hectare park, whether you loop around it once or many times. The terrain is mostly flat, but it’s a way to stretch your legs in the outdoors, next door to the Botanical Garden.

RENTALS : No

 

 

Parc Angrignon

Easy métro access (Angrignon) makes this 97-hectace park in Montréal’s Sud-Ouest a perennial favourite. It offers 3 kilometres of snowshoeing trails, classic and skate skiing trails, a pond and wooded enclaves for an outdoor escape at the heart of the city.

RENTALS: No
 

Parc Frédéric-Back

From limestone quarry to landfill to environmental gem, Parc Fréderic-Back is a sprawling urban oasis on a 192-sectare site in the city’s Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension neighbourhood. Trek to your heart’s content on 7 kilometres of snowshoeing trails. The white spheres (biogas capture wells) on its snowy swaths give this park an intriguing lunar look – very fitting, because its environmental ambitions are out of this world.

RENTALS: Yes, on weekend
 

 

Parc Jean-Drapeau

Another easy métro ride (Parc Jean-Drapeau) will get snowshoers to another prized piece of parkland just off the island. From shoreline vistas to small summits, you’ll have a blast working taking in the flora and fauna and fresh air, with visuals like the Biosphere, outdoor sculptures and a historic fort.

RENTALS: Yes
 

Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation

The borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is home to a grand linear park that hugs the Rivière des Prairies riverbank and includes a small island called Île-de-la-Visitation. Trees, birdwatching and the calm of the water will make your snowshoeing day spectacular.

RENTALS: Yes
 

 

Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

Head east to enjoy the expanses of this 261-hectace riverside park in the city’s Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood. It offers 6.7 kilometres of snowshoeing bliss that includes the chance to walk among tall grasses and maybe spot a white-tailed deer.

RENTALS: Yes
 

Parc-nature du Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard

While it’s more of a hike to get there, this park on Ile-Bizard on Montréal’s northwestern tip is certainly worth the trip. Get your nature fix on 12 kilometres of snowshoeing trails that include wooded enclaves and glittering snowscapes.

RENTALS: No
 

Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse

Shared by the boroughs of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Pierrefonds-Roxboro Saint-Laurent, this grand park offers over 10 kilometres of snowshoeing trails in an idyllic setting. Get out and enjoy a forest filled with rare maples and other wildlife, pristine powder and fresh air.

RENTALS: Yes
 

 

Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques

Spanning 330 hectares, this massive park is Montréal’s largest, welcoming outdoor enthusiasts to trek 12 kilometres of snowshoeing trails. It also boasts a sugar shack and two heated chalets.

RENTALS: Yes
 

 

Parc-nature du Ruisseau-De Montigny

This linear park in Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough features 3.3 kilometres of snowshoeing fun that includes sweeping views of the Rivière des Prairies. A definite mood-booster!

RENTALS: No

 

Neighbourhood parks

The Ville de Montréal’s excellent initiatives to keep people active in winter include the addition of equipment rentals in five of the following neighbourhood parks: Père Marquette, Joseph-Paré, Lafond, Beaubien, Pélican. If you just want some fresh air and a shorter jaunt, they’re the perfect snowshoeing solution.

Rebecca Sellers

Hailing originally from the big country skies of Manitoba, Rebecca adopted Montréal over 20 years ago after living in Québec City and France as a student. When she is not writing, translating or teaching English, she can be found pedaling the city’s bike paths, strolling the streets in search of hidden gems, and striking up conversations with local merchants, creators and folks in the neighbourhood.

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