Here's where you can go sledding in Montreal right now

Dec 18 2020, 6:33 am

The majority of Quebec is under the government’s Level 4–Maximum COVID-19 Alert which has restricted measures throughout the province, prohibiting non-essential activities where the risk of the virus “cannot be sufficiently contained.” The government urges citizens to avoid gatherings, wear face masks inside public spaces, maintain two-metre physical distances, and limit your social ‘bubble.’


Montreal is thinly covered with a mix of snow, leaves, grass, and mud, but Murray Hill in Westmount is ready for sledding.

As part of an initiative to get more citizens to enjoy outdoor activities, the City of Westmount has (literally) poured $30,000 of fake snow onto Parc King George to get a jump start on sledding season.

Over the past week, snowmaking machines have turned the popular park into a winter wonderland, albeit a fake one.

Westmount, which refers to the hill as a “toboggan run,” says the manmade trails are now open to the public. The city has also invested $100,000 into the skating rink atop the hill, adding a refrigeration system that will keep the rink skateable into mid-March.

The rink and the toboggan run is now open every day from 8 am to 10 pm, weather permitting.

 

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“Visitors and users are invited to read and respect all the instructions and rules of usage displayed on the facility, including the preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” concludes the city’s press release.

Both the skating rink and toboggan run are free to use and hill-riders are asked to bring their own sleds, toboggans, and/or magic carpets.

 

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