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The Best Places to Snowshoe in Montreal's West Island
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Get outside and enjoy everything winter has to offer.
Here is a list of the best places to go snowshoeing on (or near) the West Island, picked by you!
Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park in Pierrefonds
This free nature park operated by the City of Montreal offers snowshoeing, hiking trails, sledding, and much more! It is Montreal's largest park with an area of 330 hectares. The park is bordered by the Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Rivière des Prairies and its trails offer commanding views of their icy surfaces. Reservations must be made for the rental of equipment at this park. For more information, visit the Cap-Saint-Jacques website.
Where: 20099 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds, QC H9K 1C6
When: The park is accessible from sunrise to sunset.
Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard Nature Park
This park located in Montreal's Île-Bizard is the perfect place to get up close to nature. It offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and is especially known for its magnificent bird watching. For more information, visit the Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard Nature Park website.
Where: 2115 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac, L'Île-Bizard, Quebec H9C 1P3
When: From 7:00 a.m. to sunset
Terra-Cotta Natural Park in Pointe-Claire
This park covers over 40 hectares of woodland, 4,4 kilometres of hiking trails and 12 interpretive panels, and is home to many birds, reptiles, and mammals. Paths for snowshoeing are marked over existing trails to offer all users safe access while respecting and protecting plants and wildlife. For more information, visit the city of Pointe-Claire's website.
Where: 100 Terra-Cotta Ave, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 5A4
When: From 7:00 am to sunset.
Parc Régional Val-David-Val-Morin | Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Only about 1 hour away from Montreal, Parc régional de Val-David‑Val-Morin offers a variety of winter activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nature trails, and more. They are currently open with certain COVID-19 restrictions in place. For more information and fees, visit their website: Parc régional de Val-David‑Val-Morin
Where: 5966, Chemin du Lac-La Salle, Val-Morin, QC, Canada J0T 2R0
When: See today's opening hours here
Contact: 819 322-2834
Morin-Heights Cross-country & Snowshoe Trails
Morin Heights, about 1 hour away from Montreal, has a cross-country and snowshoe trail network of 130 linear kilometres. Snowshoers are invited to try out the 18 km of snowshoe trails maintained by the Municipality of Morin-Heights as well as an additional 12 km of trails at Sommet Morin Heights. For more information, visit the Morin-Heights website.
Where: 27, rue Bellevue, Morin-Heights, QC, Canada J0R 1H0
When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact: 450 226-3232, ext. 130
Is your favourite snowshoeing spot not on this list, add it to the comments below!