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Montreal Cross Country Skiing (Ski de Fond)

Discover Montreal's Best Cross Country Skiing Trails

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Montreal Cross Country Skiing Season: December to March
An affordable, easy to learn activity, cross country skiing ("ski de fond" in French) is a great sport suitable for all ages, and Montreal is crawling with over 200 km of trails. Cross country skiing season is from roughly mid-December to mid-March, which can vary every year as it's contingent on weather conditions. Be sure to check trail conditions online. Or call the parks directly. Click on park names below for contact information and public transit directions. Note that admission and rental fees may change without notice.

Rather go downhill skiing in Montreal? Interested in other winter sports?

1. Parc du Mont Royal

Montreal's best known park is a winter wonderland with trails suitable for beginners as well as cross country ski possibilities involving sharper inclines. Centrally located; easy to get to with public transit.
Trails: 22 km of trails
Ski rentals: $12 for one hour, $18 for three hours; ages 11 and under $9 for one hour, $15 for 3 hours
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

2. Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau is a little too level for my daredevil tastes but these are great trails for families, especially with all these other winter activities on offer at the park. Keywords: winter wonderland.
Trails: 4 km of trails
Ski rentals: $19 for two hours
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

3. Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse

A beautiful nature park in northwest Montreal, Parc-nature Bois-de-Liesse offers trails with varying degrees of difficulty and some of the most visually appealing trail scenery in Montreal. Both Pitfield and Des Champs reception chalets invite visitors to heat up by their fireplaces.
Trails: 17 km of trails
Ski rentals: $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $20 for the day; seniors and students $8 for one hour, $12 for two hours, $15 for three hours, $18 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $7 for one hour, $10 for two hours, $13 for three hours, $15 for the day
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

4. Montreal Botanical Gardens

One of the largest botanical gardens in the world lends its dormant outdoor grounds to cross country skiiers come winter, free of charge.
Trails: 10 km of trails (including access to trails in the Parc Maisonneuve)
Ski rentals: No
Bathrooms: Yes
Food/vending machines: Yes

5. Parc Maisonneuve

A sizeable urban park adjacent to the Montreal Botanical Gardens and across the street from the Olympic Stadium and the Biodome. Trails adapted for classic as well as skate skiing techniques. Its characteristically flat trails are perfect for beginners.
Trails: 10 km of trails (including free access to trails in the Montreal Botanical Gardens)
Ski rentals: No
Bathrooms: Yes
Food/vending machines: Yes

6. Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

A borderline bird sanctuary, Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is the most likely park in Montreal to spot deer while discovering enough trail to keep you on your skis for the whole day.
Trails: 24 km of trails
Ski rentals: $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $20 for the day; seniors and students $8 for one hour, $12 for two hours, $15 for three hours, $18 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $7 for one hour, $10 for two hours, $13 for three hours, $15 for the day
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

7. Parc-nature Bois de l'Île Bizard

Possibly the eeriest and most enchanting of Montreal's large parks, it's unfortunately also the most difficult one to reach by public transit.
Trails: 20 km of trails
Ski rentals: $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $20 for the day; seniors and students $8 for one hour, $12 for two hours, $15 for three hours, $18 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $7 for one hour, $10 for two hours, $13 for three hours, $15 for the day
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

8. Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation

A riverside park on Montreal's north shore, Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation is the only large nature park in Montreal where you can unwind at the end of the day of skiing with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, on site.
Trails: 8 km of trails
Ski rentals: $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $20 for the day; seniors and students $8 for one hour, $12 for two hours, $15 for three hours, $18 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $7 for one hour, $10 for two hours, $13 for three hours, $15 for the day
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

9. Parc-nature Cap St. Jacques

Montreal's largest park also features the most extensive cross country ski setup in the city with generally level, novice-friendly trails.
Trails: 32 km of trails
Ski rentals: $9 for one hour, $13 for two hours, $16 for three hours, $20 for the day; seniors and students $8 for one hour, $12 for two hours, $15 for three hours, $18 for the day; kids ages 12 and under $7 for one hour, $10 for two hours, $13 for three hours, $15 for the day
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: yes

10. Morgan Arboretum

The Morgan Arboretum is a picturesque cross-country skiing option ideal for beginners and the whole family. One caveat: it's out of the way by public transit.
Trails: 15 km of trails
Ski rentals: $10 for the day, $7 admission fee applies for access to the grounds
Bathrooms: yes
Food/vending machines: call for details

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