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Montreal is oozing with beautiful sights and sites to see.
While the pandemic has dampened the city’s number of events and festivals, there’s definitely no shortage of walking and hiking trails that you, your friends, family, and pets can tackle while maintaining two metres (or six feet) apart.
Parc du Mont-Royal
Mont-Royal, the mountain in which Montreal gets its name, is the go-to spot for on-island hikers, bikers, and runners. The mountain offers a variety of paths which can take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half to get to the top. You’ll be rewarded with the Mont-Royal Cross and spectacular sights of the city all with enough space to keep your distance from everyone else trying to get to the top.
If you’re itching for a walkable trail but you want to stick close to the water, especially the historic Saint-Lawrence River, the Lachine Canal is top-notch.
The canal’s path was ranked the third most beautiful urban circuit in the world by Time magazine in 2009, according to Parks Canada. The path was opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest in the city.
The 13.5 km spot is popular due to its mix of water and greenery areas and it’s remarkably flat which makes it popular for bikers and ideal for walkers who aren’t in the mood for a steep hike.
Westmount Summit makes up one of the three peaks of Mont Royal. It’s located in the beautiful area of Westmount and the top of the Westmount side of the mountain features the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, one of the largest domed churches in the world.
Westmount Summit, while steep, offers spectacular views of Montreal, the South Shore, and the Eastern Townships.
On a point that cuts into the Saint Lawrence River, Dieppe Park is a quiet park that lets park goers witness the rapids, stunning views of the Old Port and Jacques Cartier Bridge, fishing spots, and Habitat-67.
Parc La Fontaine
Featuring 34 hectares and two linked ponds, Parc La Fontaine is surrounded by the bustling Sherbrooke Street and offers waterfalls, fountains, and spectacular greenery.
Bike paths run along the park’s edges making it easily accessible and its flat terrain makes it a great option for walkers looking to soak up some nice weather and some beautiful sights.
Summit Woods Park/Circle
Summit Woods Park is a little hidden oasis that is covered by trees. It’s so dense, you won’t even feel like you’re on the island any more.
It’s an ideal spot for people who want to reward their dog with smells, greens, and a challenging trek.
After your hike, reward yourself, and your dog, with a breathtaking view of Montreal from the Westmount summit located at the base of Summit Park. You can’t go wrong.
Located on a jetty between the Saint Lawrence River and the Lachine Canal, this 1,500,000 square foot park is full of structures, statues, trees, and geese on land and boats in the harbor.
Talk about the best of both worlds.
Le Vieux Port de Montreal
If you’re looking for more of an urban trail, you can’t top the Old Port. Full of history, shops, restaurants, and cafes, the oldest part of Montreal will make you feel like you teleported to Europe. The cobblestone streets might wear you down after a while, but that’s why all the restos are there to rejuvenate you.