Snowshoeing Montreal 2018 Season: Montréal en Raquettes

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Montreal Snowshoeing 2018 Season

The practice of snowshoeing is ancient, dating back anywhere from 6,000 to possibly 10,000 years ago, a chief mode of transport facilitating tribal movement through snowed-in woods. But yesteryear's necessity is today's sport, a recreational rite of passage for many Canadian children and a readily accessible activity in several Montreal parks come wintertime.

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As with nearly every other winter sport in the city, Montreal's snowshoeing -or raquette- season is, for obvious reasons, contingent on the presence of snow. Montreal's snowshoeing season usually runs late December through to the beginning of March.

But make sure to check conditions before heading out to your trail of choice, either online or by calling the parks below. Click on the park name for contact information and public transit directions.

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

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Note that rental prices are subject to change without notice.

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    Snowshoeing Montreal 2018 season details for Parc Mont-Royal.
    ••• Above: the Kondiaronk lookout at Parc du Mont-Royal, a common pit stop for snowshoe enthusiasts. RENAULT Philippe / Getty Images

    Montreal's best known park is a winter wonderland with trails suitable for all ages and of particular interest to tourists given its central location. Easy to get to with public transit.

    Trails: 3 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $9 for one hour, $15 for three hours
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Snowshoeing Montreal season details for Cap Saint-Jacques.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Robbie Sproule (CC BY 2.0)

    Montreal's largest park offers a great view of the park's major attractions and easy access to its animal farm, a family favorite.

    Trails: 5 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $6 for one hour, $9 for two hours, $11 for three hours, $15 for the day; students and ages 55 and up $5 for one hour, $8 for two hours, $10 for three hours, $13 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $4 for one hour, $6 for two hours, $8 for three hours, $10 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Bois de l'Île Bizard.
    ••• Above: one of Bois de l'île Bizard's multiple boardwalks, a treat to walk on in any season. @angelaauclairphotography / Getty Images

    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: 7 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $6 for one hour, $9 for two hours, $11 for three hours, $15 for the day; students and ages 55 and up $5 for one hour, $8 for two hours, $10 for three hours, $13 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $4 for one hour, $6 for two hours, $8 for three hours, $10 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Montreal snowshoeing destinations include the Lachine Canal.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Artur Staszewski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    An ideal spot for families living near the Lachine Canal's trails running from Lasalle to St. Henri

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

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    Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse

    Snowshoeing Montreal Bois de l'Île Bizard 2017 season details.
    ••• Sébastien Côté / Getty Images

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

    Trails:4 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $6 for one hour, $9 for two hours, $11 for three hours, $15 for the day; students and ages 55 and up $5 for one hour, $8 for two hours, $10 for three hours, $13 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $4 for one hour, $6 for two hours, $8 for three hours, $10 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Parc Jean-Drapeau.
    ••• Joanne Levesque / Getty Images

    Great trails for families. Also consider booking a guided snowshoe trek.

    Trails: 4 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $9 for two hours
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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

    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Parc de l'Île de la Visitation.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Jacques Fournier (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    A riverside park on Montreal's north shore, Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation offers the most extensive snowshoeing trail network in Montreal and is the only large nature park in Montreal where you can unwind at the end of the day with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of its on-site bistro.

    Trails: 8 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: no
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Parc-nature Pointe-aux-Prairies.
    ••• Janet Kimber / Getty Images

    A borderline bird sanctuary, Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is the one park in Montreal where you're most likely to spot deer.

    Trails: 7.2 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $6 for one hour, $9 for two hours, $11 for three hours, $15 for the day; students and ages 55 and up $5 for one hour, $8 for two hours, $10 for three hours, $13 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $4 for one hour, $6 for two hours, $8 for three hours, $10 for the day
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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  • 09 of 13
    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details.
    ••• Philippe Henry / Getty Images

    A sizeable urban park adjacent to the Montreal Botanical Gardens and across the street from the Olympic Stadium and the Biodome.

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

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    Morgan Arboretum

    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Morgan Arboretum.
    ••• Above: inside Morgan Arboretum. Photo by Flickr user Robbie Sproule (CC BY 2.0)

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

    Trails: 15 km of groomed trails
    Snowshoe rentals: $11 for snowshoe rentals plus an $8 per adult and $3.50 per child admission fee applies for access to the grounds
    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.

    Trails: 2 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: no
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes

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    Parc du Ruisseau-de Montigny

    Characterized by a stream and waterfalls running through the park, Parc du Ruisseau-de Montigny is one of Montreal's newest additions to its network of large parks.

    Trails: 3 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: no
    Bathrooms: no
    Food/vending machines: no

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    Parc Angrignon

    Snowshoeing Montreal 2017 season details for Parc Angrignon.
    ••• Above: a taste of Parc Angrignon in the winter. Photo by Flickr user Jérôme (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Lovely park easily reached by public transit. The closest metro station, Metro Angrignon, is directly linked to the park, at most a 10- to 15-minute trip from downtown Montreal.

    Trails: 2.7 km of trails
    Snowshoe rentals: no
    Bathrooms: yes
    Food/vending machines: yes