What to do this winter: Outdoor activities in Montreal

Last updated December 7, 2023
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From sledding to skating, cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, here are some suggestions for how to make the most of winter in Montréal. Choose from a wide variety of free activities on offer in your neighbourhood and in urban nature.

An outdoor adventure at your doorstep

Looking for a winter outing that is out of the ordinary? Leave your everyday routine behind and enjoy the great outdoors just a few steps from home. Get out your sleds, snow racers, snowshoes, skis and skates, and head to your local parks.

Before going out, check the condition of the skating rinks and toboggan runs.

Find out more about the activities in your borough.

Snowman contest

Winter’s snowfalls create lots of great opportunities to have fun. It’s an ideal time to participate in our contest.

Enjoying the outdoors in the city

No need to stay cooped up at home this winter. A wide range of activities await you in popular green spaces such as Parc Maisonneuve, Parc La Fontaine, Parc Angrignon, Parc Frédéric-Back and Parc du Mont-Royal, which are now blanketed in white. Keep active and breathe in the fresh air! 

Experience the great outdoors without leaving the city, by visiting Montréal’s nature parks. These larger and wilder spaces are known for their enchanting scenery. Try your hand at hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking and other family activities. Relax and let your mind wander.

Access to trails and paths is free of charge. A shuttle service from downtown will take you to Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse, Cap-Saint-Jacques and de la Pointe-aux-Prairies.

A full slate of activities are offered: storytelling around the fire, multiple guided hikes, try winter biking (fatbike) free of charge, stations for discovering winter sports, presentations, etc.

Consult the calendar of activites (in French).

Rent or borrow equipment

Did you know that you can rent or borrow outdoor equipment at some large parks, neighbourhood parks and libraries?

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