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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 Belvédère 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.
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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.
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.
Easy metro access (get off at Angrignon station) makes this 97-hectace park in Montréal’s southwestern quarter a perennial favourite. It offers 3 kilometres of snowshoeing trails, classic cross-country and skate-skiing trails, a pond and wooded enclaves for an outdoor escape at the heart of the city.
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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 Saint-Michel neighbourhood. Trek to your heart’s content on 7 kilometres of snowshoeing trails. The white spheres (biogas-capturing wells) on its snowy swaths give this park an intriguing lunar look—very fitting, because its environmental ambitions are out of this world.
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Another easy metro ride (hop off at Parc Jean-Drapeau station) will get snowshoers to another prized piece of parkland just off the island. From shoreline vistas to small summits, you’ll have a blast taking in the flora, fauna and fresh air. The backdrop includes visuals like the Biosphère, outdoor sculptures and a historic fort.
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.
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Head east to enjoy the expanses of this 261-hectace riverside park in the city’s Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhoods. It offers 6.7 kilometres of snowshoeing bliss that includes the chance to walk among tall grasses and maybe spot a white-tailed deer.
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While it’s more of a hike to get to, this park on Île-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.
Shared by the neighbourhoods of Ahuntsic, Cartierville, Pierrefonds, Roxboro and 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.
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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.
This linear park shared by the Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhoods features 3.3 kilometres of snowshoeing fun that includes sweeping views of the Rivière des Prairies waterway. A definite mood-booster!
The Ville de Montréal’s excellent initiatives to keep people active in winter include the addition of equipment rentals in the following neighbourhood parks: Parc du Père-Marquette, Parc Joseph-Paré, Parc Lafond, Parc Beaubien and Parc du Pélican. If you just want some fresh air and a shorter jaunt, they’re the perfect snowshoeing solution.
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.