Kicksledding in Montreal: Trottinettes des Neiges 2016 Season

Discover a New Trend in Winter Sports

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Kicksledding in Montreal

The sport—think dog sledding but without dogs—has been around for more than a century in Scandinavian countries, but kicksleds, called trottinettes des neiges in French, have only recently crossed the ocean, with but a half-a-handful of Montreal parks renting them out alongside skates, cross-country skis and snowshoes since roughly 2007.

These "winter bicycles" function like a child's scooter, offering a reportedly effective aerobic exercise, an activity poised to spread as winter sports enthusiasts discover the trend along with families on the lookout for new forms of winter fun to amuse tiny tots as well as senior members of the clan. Kicksleds work on compacted snow or ice and dogs can be leashed to them.

 

Montreal Kicksledding Destinations

Kicksledding season, as with all winter sports in the city, is roughly from mid-December to mid-March and contingent on the presence of snow. If you have your own kicksled—here's where you can buy one—then any of Montreal's large parks will do the trick. Just remember to call parks to check trail conditions before heading out. Contact information for Montreal's network of large parks is available here. Contact information for rental outlets below is available by clicking on park names.

 

  • Parc Jean-Drapeau
    • One of Montreal's most popular parks, Parc Jean-Drapeau rented out kicksleds every weekend January 16 through February 7, 2016 as part of Fête des neiges' winter festival programming. Since then, they've used kicksleds in on-site races, but it's not clear if rentals are available going forward.
    • Food/vending machines: yes

 

  • La Tohu / St. Michel Environmental Complex
    • In 2015, La Tohu rented out a handful of kicksleds the first week of March during Spring Break. Whether La Tohu does a repeat for Spring Break 2016 remains to be seen.
    • Kicksled/Trottinette rentals: was free during Spring Break 2015
    • Bathrooms: yes
    • Food/vending machines: yes

 

Note that prices and availability are subject to change without notice.