If you’re preparing to run a marathon or any other running race, you know that a weekend getaway does not mean a vacation from your training program.
Montreal has hundreds of hectares allocated to urban park space, enabling locals and visitors to jog safely.
With the help of runningmap.com, I’ve created 10 different jogging itineraries. From the easy to the arduous, these routes will keep your training on schedule, while touring through some of the best Montreal scenery.
[the jeanne-mance loop] 1.0 Mile | 1.6 KM – Jeanne-Mance Park is home to many sporty activities, including softball, tennis, football and soccer. You’ll definitely see other joggers. And the beauty of the loop is that you can run it as many times as you need to achieve your daily training goals (i.e. 6 miles = 6 loops).
[exploring the old port] 2.5 Miles | 4.0 KM – This is an easy but scenic route, perfect for the business person who wants to zip out and see a bit of the city between meetings. Start at Square Victoria, head along McGill until Rue de la Commune. Come back along the charming and European St. Paul Street.
[plateau loop] 3.5 Miles | 5.5 KM – Start anywhere along the route and enjoy some of the best plateau views as you cruise through Parc La Fontain, Parc Jeanne-Mance and along the cobble stone loveliness of Duluth Street.
[saint helen’s island to downtown] 3.7 Miles | 5.9 KM – Take the metro along the yellow line to Jean Drapeau Station. Weave your way through the park towards the Concorde Bridge (access at the southeast corner of the Lac des Cygnes). Trot in front of Habitat ’67 and follow the canal back downtown. Head up Blvd St. Laurent to Metro Place-d’Armes to reconnect with your hotel.
[downtown to the mountain] 3.7 Miles | 6 KM – This is a great route for those staying or working downtown, and looking for a bit of an elevation challenge – a gradual, thigh-burning 200 meters. Take the stairs down after the lookout.
[over the mountain] 4.4 Miles | 7 KM – Look for the angel statue on Parc Avenue – she’s your starting point. Begin by curving your way up, following the wide gravel path. At the 5.47 KM mark, turn left off the main track, run down the stairs and past the vehicle look out. Follow the terrain that curves close to “Voie Camillien-Houde.” road. It’s a hilly, but fun run.
[from east to west] 4.5 Miles | 7.2 KM – This route will bring you through many Montreal neighborhoods, enabling you to see much of the city. Take the metro Pie-IX Station (pronounce pee-noof). Run back along Rachel Street, which features a bicycle/jogging lane. Finish at the gates of McGill, Canada’s most historic university.
[the whole sha-bang] 9.3 Miles | 15 KM – Not for the faint of heart. This route includes hills and high bridges, but stunning views of the city. You’ll cover tons of ground. And if you can complete this route, you’re considered a local.
[to the end of the canal] 12.3 Miles | 20 KM – Declared an official national historic site, the Lachine Canal is an ideal site for a run. Start at the Atwater Market (accessible via the Lionel Groulx Metro Station), and coast along the canal. When you reach the end, turn around and come back, enjoying views of the downtown skyline. Route can be shortened as necessary.
[official montreal marathon route] 26 Miles | 42 KM – Chances are you are not actually masochistic enough to run a marathon on your Montreal getaway, but for the sake of curiosity, here’s the route. The race is usually held on the second Sunday in September. More information at Marathon de Montreal.
If you have any questions about the routes, don’t hesitate to contact me. Or inquire with Steve or Phil at the Running Tourist for a personally designed run.
Now go pound some pavement!