Montreal Cross-Country Skiing (Ski de Fond)

Discover Montreal's Best Cross Country Skiing Trails

Montreal Cross-Country Skiing Season: December to March

An affordable, easy to learn activity, cross country skiing ("ski de fond" in French) is a great sport suitable for all ages, and Montreal is crawling with over 150 km of trails. Cross-country skiing season is from roughly mid-December to mid-March, which can vary every year as it's contingent on weather conditions. Be sure to check trail conditions online. Or call the parks directly. Click on park names below for contact information and public transit directions. Note that admission and rental fees may change without notice.

Note that park equipment rental offices, bathrooms and locker rooms are closed on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day in Montreal.

Rather go downhill skiing in Montreal? Interested in other winter sports? Also, if traveling to Montreal, consider staying at these Montreal winter hotels. They're perfect accommodations for the season.

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    Montreal cross country skiing trails and destinations.
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    Montreal's best known park is a winter wonderland with trails suitable for beginners as well as a little something for more advanced enthusiasts: cross-country ski possibilities involving sharper inclines. Centrally located and easy to get to with public transit.

    Trails: 22 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $12 for one hour, $18 for three hours; ages 6 to 11 are charged $9 for one hour, $15 for 3 hours
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau is a little too level for my daredevil tastes but the park offers great trails for families. Note that cross country ski rentals are only available at Parc Jean-Drapeau on weekends from January 14 to February 5, 2017.

    Trails: 4 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $19 for two hours
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Lachine Canal attractions include cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    On the topic of level, a cross country ski session doesn't get more uneventful than the Lachine Canal's 6 kilometres of trails running from Lasalle through St. Henri. I wouldn't even count on a mogul. We're talking flat. Lovely view though. And this is a great trail for beginners and families.

    Trails: 6 km of trails
    Ski rentals: no, subject to change
    Bathrooms: no
    Food/vending machines: no

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    Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse

    A beautiful nature park in northwest Montreal, Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse proposes trails with varying degrees of difficulty and some of the most visually appealing trail scenery in Montreal. Both Pitfield and Des Champs reception chalets invite visitors to heat up by their fireplaces.

    Trails: 17 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $10 for one hour, $14 for two hours, $17 for three hours, $21 for the day; seniors and students $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $19 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $8 for one hour, $11 for two hours, $14 for three hours, $16 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    One of the largest botanical gardens in the world lends its dormant outdoor grounds to cross country skiiers come winter, free of charge.

    Trails: 10 km of trails (including access to trails in Parc Maisonneuve)
    Ski rentals: No
    Bathrooms: Yes
    Food/vending machines: Yes

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    A sizable urban park adjacent to the Montreal Botanical Gardens and across the street from the Olympic Stadium and the Biodome, Parc Maisonneuve's trails are adapted for classic as well as skate skiing techniques. Its characteristically flat trails are perfect for beginners.

    Trails: 8 km of trails (including free access to trails in the Montreal Botanical Gardens)
    Ski rentals: No
    Bathrooms: Yes
    Food/vending machines: Yes

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    Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

    A borderline bird sanctuary, Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is the most likely park in Montreal to spot deer while discovering enough trail to keep you on your skis the whole day.

    Trails: 22 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $10 for one hour, $14 for two hours, $17 for three hours, $21 for the day; seniors and students $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $19 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $8 for one hour, $11 for two hours, $14 for three hours, $16 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Possibly the eeriest and most enchanting of Montreal's large parks, it's unfortunately also the most difficult one to reach by public transit.

    Trails: 22 km of trails (3 beginner trails, 1 intermediate)
    Ski rentals: $10 for one hour, $14 for two hours, $17 for three hours, $21 for the day; seniors and students $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $19 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $8 for one hour, $11 for two hours, $14 for three hours, $16 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation

    A riverside park on Montreal's north shore, Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation is the only large nature park in Montreal where you can unwind at the end of a day of skiing with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, on site.

    Trails: 8.6 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $10 for one hour, $14 for two hours, $17 for three hours, $21 for the day; seniors and students $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $19 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $8 for one hour, $11 for two hours, $14 for three hours, $16 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Montreal's largest park also features the most extensive cross country ski setup in the city with generally level, novice-friendly trails.

    Trails: 32 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $10 for one hour, $14 for two hours, $17 for three hours, $21 for the day; seniors and students $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $19 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $8 for one hour, $11 for two hours, $14 for three hours, $16 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Morgan Arboretum

    The Morgan Arboretum is a picturesque cross-country skiing option ideal for beginners and the whole family. One caveat: it's out of the way by public transit.

    Trails: 15 km of trails
    Ski rentals: $10 for the day plus a $7 adult and $3 child admission fee applies for access to the grounds
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: call for details

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    Parc René-Lévesque

    A peninsular park linked to the Lachine Canal, overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Lake St. Louis near the Lachine Museum. Area doubles as one of the most beautiful bike paths in North America according to TIME Magazine.

    Trails: 4 km of trails
    Ski rentals: No
    Bathrooms: Not in the winter
    Food/vending machines: No

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    Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci/Île Perry

    A neighborhood riverside park in the northern district of Ahuntsic frequented by locals more so than visitors from out of town.

    Trails: 4.7 km of trails
    Ski rentals: No
    Bathrooms/Facilities: No
    Food/vending machines: No

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    Parc Angrignon

    A large, mildly manicured park easily accessible by public transit. Trails adapted for classic as well as skate skiing techniques.

    Trails: 3 km of trails
    Ski rentals: No
    Bathrooms: Yes
    Food/vending machines: Yes

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    Sharing space with circus city La TOHU, the St. Michel Environmental Complex's complete transformation from landfill to 192 acres of park is slated for 2020. A large portion has already been turned into green space, used for a variety of team sports and family-friendly activities including cross country skiing.

    Trails: 5 km of trails
    Ski rentals: no
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Parc Thomas-Chapais

    A patch of country in the middle of the city, in Montreal East's Tétraultville.

    Trails: 1.3 km of trails
    Ski rentals: no
    Bathrooms: no
    Food/vending machines: no

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    Parc de la Promenade Bellerive

    Bordering the St. Lawrence river, Parc de la Promenade Bellerive is a gorgeous park in southeast Montreal. The cross country ski trail is right by the water.

    Trails: 3.8 km of trails
    Ski rentals: no
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Dollard-des-Ormeaux's largest park is open to cross-country skiing.

    Trails: call for details
    Ski rentals: no
    Bathrooms: call for details
    Food/vending machines: call for details