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.
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In your neighbourhood
Sledding is one of the most accessible and one of the most delightful winter activities. Everyone has a favourite hill in the neighbourhood for wintertime fun. Some slopes are are gentle, while others are steeper and faster. There’s a perfect hill for everyone!
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, without leaving the island.
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
Want to enjoy a fast slide while enjoying a breathtaking view of downtown? Head to one of the sledding lanes at the Parc Ignace-Bourget
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.
Visit the Parc des Hirondelles on the border of Ahuntsic and Montréal-Nord, where this high slope offers a cardio challenge
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.
At the Parc du Pélican, climb the small hill and and enjoy sledding down, sheltered from the sounds of the city, as you look out over the container transformed into a work of art. Since it has artificial snow, just like Parc Goncourt and Parc Anjou-sur-le-Lac, this slope may be accessible before Mother Nature covers Montréal with snowflakes.
Check the snow conditions before you go.