Just across the St. Lawrence River from downtown Montréal, Parc Jean-Drapeau offers a green escape from the city. It's especially popular in the summer, when outdoor concerts and food vendors make it an ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon. The park was originally created for Expo 67, and one of the most famous buildings from that world's fair remains an iconic Montréal landmark. The skeleton of the Montréal Biosphere, designed by Buckminster Fuller, still stands, though the acrylic skin that once covered it was destroyed in a 1976 fire. Buildings within the geodesic dome now house an environment museum.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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Dog-Sledding in Montreal
A true staple of the Nordic culture, dog sledding has been part of Canadian history for centuries and although it is now more of a hobby than a necessity, it is not any less pleasurable. From January to March, travellers can opt to go on a quick urban ride at Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is located on an island right in front of downtown Montreal—cue spectacular views of the city. And while this is a very good alternative, avid winter fans will probably prefer getting out of town to Mont-Tremblant or Quebec City for a genuine wintery forest experience. Both regions offer many different thrilling rides through the forests and up the mountains, where the peaceful setting is only interrupted by the panting of the huskies racing ahead at full throttle.
By Marie-Eve Vallieres, AFAR Local Expert
1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal, QC H3C 1A9, Canada
Sun - Sat 8:30am - 5pm