The Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies offers a huge area for ornithologists and nature lovers to explore. Divided into four, this park is so vast that it takes in a large proportion of the easternmost part of the Island of Montréal, even connecting the Rivière des Prairies to the St. Lawrence River.
In the wintertime, the park’s trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking and hiking feature a spectacular natural backdrop. The magical and lively landscape has wooded areas, fields and even swamps. If you pay attention, you may even see some white-tailed deer, who lead a peaceful existence in the park.
- Hiking trails: 8.4 km
- Cross-country skiing trails: 11 km
- Snowshoeing trails: 6.7 km
- Fatbike trails: 4.2 km
- Sledding mound
- Strolls by Starlight
- Nature interpretation
- Visitor centres
- Classes ($): Fitness and cross-country skiing
- Equipment rental ($): Cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, flying carpets, ice cleats
- Room rental
- Parking ($)
Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meet in the parking lot
14 905, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Québec), H1A 3X1514-280-6691
Take Autoroute 40 and get off at exit 87, Sherbrooke eastbound, or get off at exit 89, Sherbrooke westbound. Follow the blue road signs until you reach the entrance to the park.
by public transit
From the Honoré-Beaugrand metro station, take the 186 bus and get off at Yves-Thériault. Walk to Jovette-Bernier, and enter the park via the pedestrian entrance.
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.