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Live in the city like in a garden? It's possible in the verdant metropolis of Montreal. Imagine your home overlooking a park, your children's school surrounded by trees, flower-filled terraces perched on high office towers, bike paths running alongside community gardens... All this urban nature may surprise the eye used to clusters of buildings. And yet, Montreal's parks and gardens are full of life and vitality! They beautify the city and relax the spirits. Discover the list of parks and green spaces where to escape in Montreal.
Parks and green spaces in Montreal
Want to read in a garden, do yoga in a park or take a walk away from the hustle and bustle? You have a choice of neighborhood parks, large parks, nature parks and other natural spaces…
Among the most popular nature parks:
Mount-Royal Park, is the little green mountain of downtown and its famous views of the city from the Kondiaronk Belvedere and Camilien-Houde Belvedere. It is also home to the Smith House (heritage house, Café des Amis), Chalet du Mont-Royal (beautiful wood-paneled building), Pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors (beautiful modern architecture, sports equipment rental, Café des Amis), and is the place to enjoy all kinds of activities: tubing, cross-country skiing, biking, walking, snowshoeing, and skating at Lac-aux-Castors (refrigerated skating rink) For more information: Les Amis de la montagne's website and the official website of Mount Royal.
The historic site of the Lachine Canal takes us on a walk along the waterfront. It is appreciated for its bicycle path, its nautical activities, its picnic areas, its barge converted into a floating café-bar, its Atwater Market of local products, the remains of industrial buildings,
The Botanical Garden attracts crowds from all over the world every year, drawn by the thirty or so gardens (alpine, Chinese, First Nations, the rose garden, etc.), the 10 greenhouses, the Biodôme zoological garden, the insectarium, the planetarium and the tropical rainforest.
Parc Jean Drapeau located on Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame provides access to facilities such as the Olympic Basin, the Casino de Montréal, La Ronde, the Calder Man sculpture, the Expo 67 pavilions and the Stewart Museum, the Biosphere and... the Floralies garden!
In the network of large urban parks, let's mention:
La Fontaine Park in the Plateau neighbourhood: an oasis crisscrossed with paths and playgrounds. A lively meeting place around the central fountain. An open-air performance stage at the Théâtre de Verdure. Surrounded by Mount Royal Avenue and Saint-Denis Street, it's a great place to recharge your batteries!
Jarry Parknear Little Italy: a huge playground where tennis players (and Rogers Cup professionals), soccer players, kite flyers, swimmers and cyclists rub shoulders. The tables available to the public bring together families for picnics, friends celebrating a birthday, and groups of musicians. Shows are also available, such as those of the Repercussion Theatre.
Maisonneuve Park on the Pie IX side: a huge 63-hectare area facing the Olympic Park, with lawns, trees, bike paths, an ice rink and even a golf course!
Angrignon Park at the end of the green line of the Angrignon metro, in the southwest of Montreal: this 97-hectare park combines hiking, exploring and sports activities. We particularly like the ski trails, the pond, the Fort Angrignon trail and the turtles.
Neighbourhood parks are not left out. These include:
Jeanne-Mance Park along Avenue du Parc at the foot of the "mountain", with its volleyball courts, tennis courts, soccer field, wading pool and children's playground.
Outremont Park in the heart of Montreal's upscale French-speaking district invites you to relax around its pond, in the shade of the trees. Surrounded by residences, it brings together local residents and school groups in the area.
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