No need to leave the city to have some winter fun and enjoy stunningly beautiful natural spaces: Montréal has more than 100 km of tagged trails for cross-country skiers. Check out our list of the best trails for your level and interests.
Because you have to start somewhere
Located between the Viau and Pie IX Métro stations, Parc Maisonneuve has a peaceful cross-country ski trail that is, ideal for those who want to work on their technique. If you feel like it, you can even stop by the the Montreal Botanical Garden.
Need equipment? Take advantage of the weekend rental service at Park Jarry. With its flat 2.1 km circuit, this park is just perfect for families and beginners. And speaking of beginners, at the the Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse, apprentice skiers can take courses from professionals. You can gather lots of good advice before heading out on a wooded 9-km circuit.
Teeming with wildlife, even in winter
At the eastern tip of the island, the Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies preserve will excite those curious about wildlife. Venture out along its 11 km of trails and stay alert: you might catch glimpses of white-tailed deers. Further west, the Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard is jam-packed with many species of birds visiting the feeders installed along the trails. Want to dive into nature?
The ecological farm, the sugar shack and 14 km of marked trails make the Parc-nature du Cap-St-Jacques the premier family destination on the island. The farm, which is open year round, includes animals such as rabbits and cows, to the delight of visiting children.
Discover the river and interesting places
The Grand Sud-Ouest’s 31.8 km of cross-country ski trails, which pass through Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest and Verdun, offer a breathtaking view over the frozen river. Go ski touring while contemplating the picturesque beauty of Québec winters.
Art lovers marvel at Parc René-Lévesque, a true open-air museum. Meander along its 4 km of trails and admire the contemporary sculptures created by renowned artists.
For moonlit beauty, head out at dusk on the marked trail at Parc Frédéric-Back. The park, which is flat and almost devoid of trees, offers a vast landscape sheltered from the lights of the city, which makes it one of the best places in Montréal to observe the sky.
Montréal’s iconic Parc du Mont-Royal offers ski trails for intermediate cross-country skiers. Do you work downtown? Take advantage of the “mountain’s” proximity and go all out on the city-lit trails after a hard day at the office.
Do you thrive on challenge? Take the metro to Angrignon station to conquer the park of the same name. Part of the Grand-Sud-Ouest trail network, this park offers you a 10 km trail that borders a lake and continues into a wooded area with a 2.8 km skate skiing section. Check the snow conditions before you go. On your marks, get set, “pole”!