The coziest spots to have a picnic in Montreal

May 3 2021, 2:44 pm

It might actually be the best time to head outside, find a cozy spot, and set up a picnic in Montreal.

In-person dining is still off the table, going to private homes is not yet permitted, and the springtime weather is getting toasty, so why not take your meal to the great outdoors at any of these comforting parks?

Whether you’re grabbing some takeout foodĀ or making something from home, here are some great picnic spot options throughout Montreal.

Westmount Park

Westmount Parkā€™s 26 acres is home to the newly renovated pool, a massive playground, a football/soccer field, tennis courts, gorgeous gardens, a charming dog park, climbable trees and a pond with a mini waterfall.

It may be Montrealā€™s second-biggest park, but itā€™s arguably number one in popularity.

Cozy up anywhere on the park’s vast amount of greenery, or head up to Murray Hill for plenty of picnic options, all with gorgeous views and a lively atmosphere.

Location:Ā Rue Sherbrooke and Melville

Jarry Park


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Jarry Park is a beautiful urban park located in the east end of Montreal. It has a good balance of greenery and water, in case you’re looking to add a water fountain to your picnic date.

Itā€™s also oozing with history. From 1969-1976, Jarry Park was home to the Montreal Expos, Canadaā€™s first baseball team. It also once hosted a mass conducted by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Location:Ā Boulevard St-Laurent and Rue Jarry

Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square is a sizeable space right smack in the middle of downtown. Itā€™s the perfect pit stop if you’re grabbing some downtown takeout grub.

The parkā€™s main attraction is Montrealā€™s only equestrian statue, which pays homage to the Boer War — a perfect spot to set up a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

Location:Ā Rue Peel and RenĆ© LĆ©vesque

Lachine Canal

If you want to be near the water, look no further than Canal Lachine Park. The park has several picnic tables that overlook both the canal and the downtown skyline.

Thatā€™s not all that will grab your attention. The parkā€™s trademark view is the Atwater Marketā€™s Clock Tower and the pedestrian bridge, the link between Saint-Henri and Montrealā€™s downtown route.

Ideal for rollerbladers, cyclists, and photographers, grab yourself a little something to go from the market and set up camp anywhere off the canal.

Location: Rue Saint-Patrick and Rue Charlevoix

La Fontaine Park


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La Fontaine Park is a great place to set up a picnic. Itā€™s located in the middle of Montreal’s busy Plateau-Mont Royal area, but the park is always quiet and peaceful.

Bring some wine, a bbq, and soak up the green grass, trees, flowers in bloom, and enjoy urban living at its best.

Location: Avenue Papineau and Rue Rachel

Mont Royal Park

You canā€™t mention picnic spots in Montreal without highlighting Mont Royal Park.

The parkā€™s main attraction is the George-Etienne Cartier monument, and it offers gorgeous views of the city’s skyline, the mountainside, greenery, and cyclists.

Cozy up and have yourself a picnic here. You might never leave.

Location: Avenue du Parc and Chemin de la CĆ“te-Sainte-Catherine

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