Parc du Centenaire: William Cosgrove Centennial Park

Centennial Park, aka Parc du Centenaire, is Dollard-des-Ormeaux's largest park.
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Dollard-des-Ormeaux's William Cosgrove Centennial Park, aka Parc de Centenaire, is 48 hectares (119 acres) of hidden gem in the West Island*, the largest green space of its kind in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a small independently-run city located near the western tip of the island of Montreal. Events and special community activities are often held on the grounds adjacent the community's civic centre, including Canada Day and Fête Nationale fireworks.


An artificial lake is Centennial Park's centerpiece, still water surrounded by just under 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) of trails and a gazebo. Parc du Centenaire also features an enclosed dog park where canines can run free.

William Cosgrove Centennial Park park is especially interesting in the winter, courtesy of its toboggan hill, ice skating, as well as the possibility of snowshoeing and cross country skiing on the trails. There are no equipment rentals, however, so interested parties must bring their own slides, skates, skis, and snowshoes. A chalet open during daytime hours is on location so visitors can change in and out of their sports gear away from the cold.

For Tourists?

As for recommending the Centennial Park as a Montreal tourist destination? That's stretching it a little given the area's distance from city centre. But it's a fantastic spot to visit with the family if you happen to live in the neighborhood.

*The West Island is an unofficial but common term used to denote a series of neighborhoods and independently-administered communities located in the western part of the island of Montreal including Dorval, Point-Claire, Beaconsfield, Pierrefonds, Kirkland, Senneville, Baie d'Urfé, Île Bizard, Roxboro, Sainte-Geneviève, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

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