8 of the best snowshoeing trails in Montreal

Mar 1 2021, 7:03 am

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It is arguably the best time in modern history to explore the island of Montreal. As we enter the last month of winter (yay), snowshoeing might be an activity on your to-do list.

It’s inexpensive, fun, a great workout, and a perfect way to soak up the sights and sounds of Montreal.

Because Montreal has a plethora of urban parks, there are plenty of trails for you to wander around this winter. Dig that old pair of snowshoes out of the closet or buy a pair at a sports shop — here are the best trails around Montreal to snowshoe. 

Mont-Royal

Montreal’s namesake has a 3-kilometre trail that is perfect for snowshoers. You can rent a pair of shoes ($12 for two hours) from the Beaver Lake Pavilion and then head out on a snow mountain adventure.

Mega points to whoever makes it up to the cross.

Lachine Canal

 

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The Lachine Canal is a hub for outdoor activity all summer and the winter is no different. Spanning from LaSalle to St. Henri, the bike path that runs along the canal is the ideal spot to snowshoe and soak up all the gorgeous city views.

Parc Jean Drapeau

Parc Jean Drapeau offers snowshoeing on-site until 5 pm every day all the way until March 31. There’s 2-kilometres worth of trails and even a small chalet that offers hot chocolate if you need to heat up.

It costs $10 for access to the site but the photo opps alone are worth it.

Parc Maisonneuve

 

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Parc Maisonneuve offers 5-km of trails, tucked away in the gorgeous Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough.

The Parc doesn’t have a facility for renting equipment so you’ll have to bring your own for this trek. 

Parc-Nature Cap-Saint-Jacques

 

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Parc-Nature Cap-Saint-Jacques is the city’s largest park and it has 5-km worth of trails for you and your pals to test out.

Access to the site costs $7.50 for two hours but it’s totally worth it.

Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse

 

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If you want to strap on the snowshoes and soak up some woodland scenery, Parc-Nature Bois-de-Liesse offers rentals ranging from $6 to $15.

Take in some beautiful streams and forestry without even leaving the island.

Parc Angrignon

 

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Parc Angrignon, right outside the metro station, offers 2.7-km of trails. The park doesn’t offer snowshoe rentals but it’s free to enter — decent trade.

Parc Girouard

 

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Parc Girouard in NDG might be your go-to snowshoeing spot if you want to keep it urban. The park serves as a midpoint between the Maisonneuve bike path and the Avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce one.

Stroll through the park, grab a coffee or two, and hit the bike path for an easy trek towards downtown.

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