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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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
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.
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-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.
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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.
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.
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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 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!
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.