Montréal is a great place for winter outdoor activities that take place on foot, snowshoes, or cross country skis. Montréal forest treks are a unique experience—a guided evening tour through the city's parks providing plenty of great views, knowledge about local nature as well as some outdoor romance. It's a good activity for families, couples or solo nature fans who get bored of being indoors during the long Canadian winters. If you prefer to not be accompanied by a guide, you can choose to complete this hike by yourself as the chances of getting lost in Montréal urban parks are not that high.
Forest tours start in the evening with the route winding through virgin snow and semi-secret paths selected by a naturalist who shares information on surrounding flora and fauna. Some treks end with après-ski live music, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire, and hot beverages.
One of the most popular evening treks takes place in Mount Royal Park. It provides some of the best views of Montréal from Mount Royal and snowshoes are the preferred way to get to the top!
Parc Jean-Drapeau is located on two picturesque islands and can be traversed by snowshoes. Bois de l'Île Bizard is a mysterious and gorgeous forest that provides a great setting for a snowshoe hike. Bois-de-Liesse is great for cross-country skiers or snowshoers and is known as the home of red foxes. Cap St. Jacques is Montréal's largest park with the most extensive cross-country ski tracks in the city stretching 32km.
Most of the evening tours run in January and February but sometimes extend to early March. Be sure to check the dates in advance, book your tour, and dress warm to experience the magic of Montréal winter parks.