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Montreal forest treks are a fun, affordable way to enjoy the city come winter. Above: Mount Royal Park.

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Montreal Forest Treks: A Winter Treat
An affordable activity for families, solo nature enthusiasts or even couples looking for a dose of outdoor romance, Montreal forest treks have become somewhat of an annual tradition in the city's network of large parks.

Usually held in the evening, participants are guided by foot, by snowshoe or via cross-country skis through virgin snow and paths selected by a naturalist who shares insight on surrounding flora and fauna.* Some treks are complemented with après-ski storytelling and/or live music and warm beverages. Just one caveat for out-of-town guests: some guided treks are in French only, so do make sure to inquire about language when making reservations if comprehension is a concern. For an idea of what a Montreal snow trek is like, read my review of the experience.

  • Mount Royal Park Day Treks
    Families are invited to join a tour guide to explore Mount Royal by snowshoe and find animal tracks and identify birds by their tweets. Kids must be 8 years old or older. Reservations required. Parking extra.
    When: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., January 25 & from March 3 to March 9, 2014
    Cost: free or $5 to rent snowshoes (January 25, 2014), $16 ages 16 and over & $11 ages 8 to 15 (March 3 to March 9, 2014, includes hot chocolate and snowshoes)
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  • Mount Royal Park Evening Treks
    A best bet for tourists, catch some of the best views of Montreal atop Mount Royal by snowshoe. Admission includes snowshoe rentals and complementary hot chocolate. Must be age 12 or older to participate. Reservations required. Parking extra.
    When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., December 28 & December 30, 2013, every Friday from January 10 to January 31, 2014 in English, every Saturday from January 4 to March 8, 2014 in French and special Valentine's Day editions February 14 and February 15, 2014
    Cost: $20 ages 16 and older, $17 ages 12 to 15 (includes snowshoes and hot chocolate); $28 admission on December 28 and December 30, 2013 (includes sparkling wine instead of hot chocolate) and $24 on February 14 and February 15, 2014 (includes mulled wine and chocolate truffles instead of hot chocolate)
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  • Bois de l'Île Bizard Evening Forest Treks
    Love love LOVE this park. It's eerie, it's creepy and it's gorgeous, the perfect setting for a winter's eve of snow shoe exploration, though the park is a bit out of the way. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages and storytelling. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals and cross-country ski rentals extra.
    When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., February 1 and February 14, 2014
    Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17)
    More INFO
  • Bois-de-Liesse Evening Forest Treks
    Another natural beauty, cross-country skiers have been known to spot red foxes in the area. Bois-de-Liesse ends its treks with hot chocolate by its welcome lodges' fireplaces, often with live music and storytelling. Admission includes forehead lamps, warm beverages and either an indoor fire or an outdoor campfire with marshmallows. Reservations required. Parking, snowshoe rentals and cross-country ski rentals extra.
    When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., January 11, January 25 and February 8 and March 1, 2014
    Cost: $7 regular admission; $21 family rate (2 adults + 3 kids ages 6 to 17)
    More INFO
Note that fees are subject to change without notice.

*Naturalists are available on select evenings only.

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