This century-old forest of black maples is home to a diversified ecosystem. Visitors can see several species of plants and animals. Wildflowers carpet the forest floor in spring, the Bertrand stream teems with a rich aquatic fauna and birds sing undisturbed.
When snow covers the ground, the park becomes a meeting place for winter loves. The 158-hectare playing field features cross-country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing trails, as well as two sledding mounds. The park’s winter landscape is sure to delight visitors.
- Hiking trails: 4 km
- Cross-country skiing trails: 9 km
- Snowshoeing trails: 9 km
- Sledding mounds (2)
- Strolls by starlight
- Nature interpretation
- Visitor centre
- Classes ($): Fitness and cross-country skiing
- Equipment rental ($): Cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, flying carpets, ice cleats
- Room rental
- Parking ($)
Sunday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
Visitors’ centre in the field
3555, rue Douglas-B.-Floreani, Saint-Laurent (Québec), H4S 1Y6514-280-6678
Des Champs visitor centre
Take Autoroute 40 westbound and get off at exit 60. Take Autoroute 13 southbound (Boulevard Alfred Nobel/Lachine) and then the service road northbound. Take Boulevard Henri-Bourassa and turn left on Rue Douglas-B-Floreani. The entrance to the Des Champs visitor centre will be on your right.
by public transit
On weekdays, from the Du Collège metro station, take the 175 bus westbound to l’Oréal and walk 161 metres.
On weekends, from the Côte-Vertu metro station, take the 215 bus westbound to Hymus/Douglas-B.-Floreani. Walk 1 km east on Hymus and then turn left on Douglas B.-Floreani.
Take Autoroute 40 eastbound or westbound and get off at exit 60 for Autoroute 13 north, then take exit 8 toward Boulevard Henri-Bourassa, continue onto Boulevard Pitfield and turn left onto Boulevard Gouin Ouest.
by public transit
On weekdays, from the Côte-Vertu metro station, take the 213 bus westbound and walk 68 metres east along Boulevard Gouin.
On weekends, from the Côte-Vertu metro station, take the 968 bus westbound and walk 68 metres east along Boulevard Gouin.
access to nature parks is free
$9 per day and $7 for two hours. Places are limited. Annual permit available ($60 for residents, $80 for non-residents)
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The nature parks do not offer restaurant services, but some reception chalets have food vending machines.
Alcohol consumption on-site
Alcohol consumption is tolerated when it accompanies a picnic.
Cash and credit cards
All welcome centres accept credit cards. However, only cash payments are accepted at the Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques sugar shack.
All the reception chalets are wheelchair accessible.
The trails are maintained from December 15 to March 10.
Outdoor equipment rental
You can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes in certain parks. Some of them also offer sleds, magic carpets, sleighs for children and spikes for safe walking.