Hikes and treks in Montreal: Get active and see the city!

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by .

Mount-Royal Park Montreal
Montreal has many spectacular hikes and walks, which are a great way to see the sights while keeping active on vacation. So grab some sensible walking shoes and enjoy the nature, fresh air, and beautiful scenery of a city trek…

Mount-Royal: The paths of Mount-Royal twist and turn through the park until they eventually merge into an iconic view of the city sprawl below. Start your exploring at Peel and Avenue des Pins and then let your inner adventurer do the rest. You’ll stumble across little critters, local flora, fellow hikers, Lac-aux-Castors, Olmstead Road (named after Mount-Royal’s designer who also designed Central Park in NYC), the Belvedere, a few cemeteries, and secret hidden paths which lead to places you’ll have to discover for yourself!

Park Jean-Drapreau by André Pichette

Parc Jean-Drapeau: Zipping under the St-Lawrence River on the metro’s yellow line from Berri-UQAM and exiting at Jean-Drapeau, you’ll feel like you’ve left the city and entered an island paradise. A blissful hike into the trees will bring you through gorgeous gardens and across canals. Enjoy the open-air art gallery along the way with dozens of sculptures dotting the paths.

Botanical Gardens: The Botanical Gardens near the Olympic Stadium are acre after acre of beauty. You could literally spend hours strolling around 75 hectares of gardens, ponds and orchards. It’s something that really needs to be seen to be believed!

Morgan Arboretum

Morgan Arboretum: If you’re renting a car in Montreal, then a trip to the western tip of the island (called Ste. Anne de Bellevue) to see the Morgan Arboretum is a must. Located on McGill University’s MacDonald Campus, it’s a massive 245 hectare forest reserve where visitors can walk or ski! The forest has 18 collections of trees and shrubs from across the planet, 30 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 150 kinds of birds that call the Arboretum home.

Ecomuseum Montreal

Ecomuseum Zoo: Located not too far from the Morgan Arboretum, the Ecomuseum Zoo is a unique and natural zoo with more than 115 species of animals. See the eagles soar, and watch the black bears, wolves, and caribou too! Above all, the otters frolicking around is the most adorable thing ever.

Parc des Rapides: This park located on the St-Lawrence River is the best place to see the Lachine rapids. It’s also home to the second largest heron colony in Quebec! With about 5 kilometers of trails, you will also be able to rent bikes, kayaks, and other sporting equipment.

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