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One of the city’s greatest pride and joys is what locals call “the mountain,” which to anyone from B.C., Colorado or the French Alps seems more like a bump. Mount Royal is nevertheless the most famous of the city’s many municipal parks, used year-round for their pools and playing fields in the summer and their cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter. Because sub-zero temperatures never scared anyone in these parts – well, not since the invention of Gore-Tex, at any rate.
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21125 Ch Ste-Marie, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3Y7, Canada
This fantastic spot for the whole family won’t just educate your kids about local species by letting them peer at animals from afar, it’ll invite them to actually interact with them. Not far from the Morgan Arboretum, a 20-minute drive from...
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150 Ch des Pins, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9, Canada
Located about 20 minutes from downtown Montreal, on the western tip of the island in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the Morgan Arboretum is a must-see spot for those curious about indigenous plant and animal life. The 245-hectare site is thoroughly...
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1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
Mount Royal Park starts at the edge of the city just beyond the McGill campus and runs alongside neighborhoods like Plateau before rising to the top of 764-foot-tall Mount Royal (Mont Réal), the hill that gives the city its name. The twisting...
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4601 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B1, Canada
At 185 acres, the Montréal Botanical Garden is less than a third the size of Mount Royal Park, but it manages to fit a remarkable collection of some 22,000 plant species and cultivars into that space, organized into 20 thematic gardens and...
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2425 Boulevard Gouin E, Montréal, QC H2B 1X7, Canada
At the northern extreme of the island of Montreal you’ll find some of the city’s most stunning walking grounds. Parc nature de l’île de la Visitation is right on the riverbank of Rivière des Prairies, offering views of rapids and small islands and...
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Montreal, QC H2L 0C7, Canada
A vast, 84-acre green space in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Parc La Fontaine has got everything, from a giant skating rink in wintertime on its two linked ponds, to an open-air theatre in the warmer months, where you can...
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Mont Saint-Hilaire, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G 4S6, Canada
A stunning spot for a mid-day stroll, Mont Saint-Hilaire is 20 minutes from Montreal but feels like a whole other universe. The silence among the tall, 500-year-old trees is stunning. Like Mount Royal and Mont Saint-Bruno, Mont Saint-Hilaire is...
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A mere 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Montreal, this protected national park in the Montérégie region has five lakes, an orchard, a historical mill and dozens of kilometers of trails among oaks, maples and 200-year-old beech trees for...
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Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2R 2W1, Canada
Sandwiched between the neighborhoods of Villeray and Parc Extension, at the northern end of the city center, Jarry is one of the city’s best parks for amateur team sports – both for playing and for watching. Its facilities include softball courts,...
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Outremont, QC H2V 3R9, Canada
Ensconced in the lush neighborhood of Outremont, where houses are big and trees are plentiful, this small park is known for the white stucco building that occupies its central island, surrounded by a circular pond. In the summer, the building...