A Guide to the Parks in Montreal, PQ

When you're in Montreal, PQ, you'll never feel like you're away from nature. This is because wherever you go, you'll always find yourself surrounded by majestic mountain views, amazing nature parks and long stretches of hiking trails. It has a total of nine nature parks, referred to in French as "parcs natures." All of them are just an hour's drive away from the city center. Most are open to the public all year round to offer various kinds of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to wildlife viewing and cross country skiing.

Jardin Botanique
4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, QC H1X 2B2
(514) 872-1400
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin

The Jardin Botanique, or Botanical Garden, is nature park spanning about 185 acres. It houses 10 conservatory greenhouses. The place is flowing with orchids, begonias, African violets, lilacs, lilies and roses. Inside the park you'll find the Chinese Garden, which was constructed as joint project between the city government and Shanghai. It exudes a Ming Dynasty feel and style, and was built in accordance with the principles of yin and yang. There's also a Japanese Garden that features a cultural pavilion, art gallery, tearoom and a Zen garden. The park also features the Insectarium, which contains some of the world's deadliest insects. There are almost 200 insect species residing here. Be sure to visit this place during your stay at a Montreal Inn. 

Parc La Fontaine 
Rue Sherbrooke
Montreal, QC H2L 3A8
(514) 872-2644

If the Botanical Garden is mostly Asian in style, going to Parc La Fontaine is comparable to old Europe. As the city's oldest and most famous park, it's a must-see attraction during your stay at a Montreal Bed and Breakfast. Half of the park is landscaped in a French style, while the other half evokes more of a casual English vibe. In the middle of the park, you'll find a lake, which is used for ice skating in the winter. Other winter activities you can enjoy here include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. During summertime, you'll love to engage in biking, playing tennis and outdoor movie watching.

Parc du Mont-Royal 
1260 Remembrance Road
Montreal, QC H3H 1A2
(514) 843-8240
www.lemontroyal.qc.ca         

It is inside this park where you'll find The Royal Mountain, which is what the city of Montreal, PQ is named after. During the warm summer months, you can enjoy boating, picnicking and fishing around the Lac des Castors, or Beaver Lake. If it's winter time, you can traverse the miles of cross-country ski trails. To get an awesome view of the city, climb up to the Chalet du Mont-Royal, which is nestled near the hill crest.

Vieux-Port 
Montreal, QC
(800) 971-7678    
www.quaysoftheoldport.com   

An old port in Montreal, PQ, this area was transformed into a public park and promenade in 1992. Its expansive spread of 131 acres of land features biking paths, exhibition halls and family activities like the Centre des Sciences de Montreal. Located at the eastern edge of the port is a 1922 clock tower called La Tour de l'Horloge, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River.