No matter what age you are, nothing says winter in Montréal quite like barreling down a snowy hill aboard a sled! And Montrealers are spoiled, as the city boasts a multitude of sledding hills that are free of charge. Leading the way are the following favourites.
Checks ledding conditions for guaranteed fun.
Nature on full display
The notion of the “country in the city” takes on its full significance at the Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques. This park is home to a sledding hill the entire family will enjoy,
History buffs will want to venture north of the city to visit the ruins of an 18th-century mill at the Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation. There is a sledding hill near the welcome centre.
The Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is a popular sledding spot for residents of the north-eastern part of the city. The sledding hill lies behind the Héritage welcome centre on Rue Sherbrooke.
The Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse offers two sledding hills. Take the opportunity to observe the birds that gather at the feeders.
Sledding hills with views
For a sledding experience with a breathtaking view of the Olympic Stadium, head to the Parc Morgan, located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, or the Parc des Hirondelles, which lies a little further north, where Ahuntsic meets Montréal-Nord. You’ll be sure to get your cardio workout on the way up!
With its variety of hills, the Parc du Mont-Royal is probably among Montréal’s top sledding destinations. Bring your sled to the foot of the mountain, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier, or climb the summit near Beaver Lake to hurtle down the hill aboard an inner tube ($). The recreational sledding corridors provide an added option. Before you push off, feast your eyes on the colours of the sun setting over the dome at Saint-Joseph’s Oratory.
Parc Jean-Drapeau also offers sledding opportunities. Come hurtle down the natural slope of Espace 67 while savouring a panoramic view of downtown Montréal and enjoying background music.
By virtue of its previous vocation as an alpine ski hill, Parc Francesca-Cabrini, today is a popular draw with thrill-seeking families. The famous Cabrini hill, at the corner of Boulevard Rosemont and Boulevard Lacordaire, offers an ideal incline for sledding.
The L-shaped Parc du Pélican owes its name to Le Pélican, the naval ship that emerged as the victor in a battle against three English ships. Climb up the small hill and enjoy sledding down, sheltered from the sounds of the city, as you look out over the container transformed into a work of art.
Check the snow conditions before you go.