Montreal Forest Treks: 2018 Winter Season

Discover Montreal Forest Treks

Montreal winter forest treks in 2018 can be done by snowshoe, by foot, and sometimes by cross-country skis.
Photo courtesy of Les Amis de la montagne

Montreal Forest Treks 2018: A Winter Treat

An affordable activity for families, solo nature enthusiasts or even couples looking for a dose of outdoor romance, Montreal forest treks have become somewhat of an annual tradition in the city's network of large parks every winter season.

Usually held in the evening, participants are guided by foot, by snowshoe or via cross-country skis through virgin snow and paths selected by a naturalist who shares insight on surrounding flora and fauna.*

Some treks are complemented with après-ski storytelling and/or live music and warm beverages. Just one caveat for out-of-town guests: most guided treks are in French only, so do make sure to enquire about language when making reservations if comprehension is a concern.

 

Mount Royal Park Evening Treks

A best bet for tourists, catch some of the best views of Montreal atop Mount Royal by snowshoe. Admission includes snowshoe rentals, complimentary hot chocolate, and a naturalist guide. Excursions last up to two hours. Reservations required. Parking extra. 

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., excursions held most Friday and Saturday evenings January through February 2018. Admission $22 ages 16 and older and $17 for ages 12 to 15, includes hot chocolate. Excursions start at 6 p.m. Reserve for January here. Reserve for February here

A special New Year's eve excursion is held December 30, 2017. Admission $30, includes sparkling wine. Reserve here.

 

Parc Jean-Drapeau Snowshoe Tours

Go on an Expo 67 tour of Parc Jean-Drapeau. Tours from previous years lasted 2 hours and cost $39.99 per person plus $8 to cover snowshoe rentals. Details for 2018 TBC. Reservations required. Parking extra.

When: excursions run during the daytime on weekends only during Montreal snow festival Fête des Neiges

 

Bois de l'Île Bizard Evening Forest Treks

Love love LOVE this park. Bois de l'Île Bizard is eerie, it's creepy and it's gorgeous, the perfect setting for a winter's eve of snow shoe exploration, though the park is a bit out of the way. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages, and usually either an indoor fire or an outdoor campfire with marshmallows and storytelling. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals, and cross-country ski rentals costs extra.

When: January 20, 2018 from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17). Call (514) 280-6871 at least 24 hours before the excursion to book a spot.

 

Bois-de-Liesse Evening Forest Treks

Another natural beauty, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers have been known to spot red foxes in the area. Bois-de-Liesse forest treks are usually guided by a naturalist. Treks then conclude with hot chocolate by its welcome lodges' fireplaces, sometimes with live music and storytelling. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages, and usually either an indoor fire or an outdoor campfire with marshmallows. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals, and cross-country ski rentals costs extra.

When: January 13, January 27, February 10, February 17, and March 3, 2018 from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.  at 

Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + up to 3 kids ages 6 to 17). Call 514 280-6729 at least 24 hours before the excursion to book a spot.

 

Cap St. Jacques Evening Forest Treks

Cap St. Jacques, Montreal's largest park features the most extensive cross-country ski setup in the city with 32 km of generally level, novice-friendly trails. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages, and occasionally a campfire. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals, and cross-country ski rentals extra.

When: January 6, January 13, January 20, January 27, February 10, February 17, and March 3, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special sugar shack editions involving a trek to Cap St. Jacques' sugar shack for pancakes, tea, and hot chocolate (costs extra) on February 24 and March 10, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17). Call (514) 280-6871 at least 24 hours before the excursion to book a spot.

 

Pointe-aux-Prairies Evening Forest Treks

High on animal-spotting potential in comparison to other Montreal forest treks, Parc de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is located on the eastern tip of the island of Montreal. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages, and a campfire. No guarantee treks are guided. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals and cross-country ski rentals extra.

When: Friday evenings January 19 through March 9, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17). Call (514) 280-6691 at least 24 hours before the excursion to book a spot.

 

​Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation Evening Forest Treks

A riverside park on Montreal's north shore, Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation might be smaller than the other parks, but it's got its charms. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages and a campfire. Unguided treks unless noted otherwise. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals and cross-country ski rentals extra.

When: January 20 and February 24, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: was $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17). Call (514) 280-6829, Extension 1 at least 24 hours before the excursion to book a spot.

 

Note that fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Weather conditions may affect scheduling as well.

*Naturalists are present on most nights.