All the FREE activities to discover at Parc Jean-Drapeau this winter
If you like to beat winter by spending time outdoors, Parc Jean Drapeau has unveiled its full list of free activities for the coming season.
As of December 15, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) will offer a “one-of-a-kind playground” in the middle of the St. Lawrence River.
Free activities include sliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, ice climbing, hiking and fat biking.
One of the new additions this year is the impressive ‘Skaters’ Trail’, a 500 meter long chilled trail covered in ice that will light up at night, winding through the park.
There will also be a new slide slope that will offer families the chance to slide down a steep slope while enjoying a breathtaking view of downtown Montreal from across the river.
The three cross-country ski trails in Parc Jean-Drapeau will be “beautifully maintained”, offering skiers a variety of different routes. Île Sainte-Hélène will offer both 300 meters of skiable landscape (for beginners) and 800 meters of more perilous hike for the advanced class. A third 5.4-kilometer trail on Île Notre-Dame will welcome more experienced skiers who “seek to escape and explore a trail interspersed with exhibitions of public art, heritage buildings and nature. abundant ”.
Changing rooms and waxing tables will be available on site.
Parc Jean-Drapeau will also have a climbing wall, made entirely of ice, where climbers can tackle a really cool experience.
Snowshoeing will offer trails rich in wildlife and in the picturesque winter atmosphere of Montreal, where visitors can take a “reflective and memorable walk,” specifies the SPJD.
Bird feeders have been installed near the wooded areas of the Biosphere and will attract nuthatches, chickadees and woodpeckers for birdwatchers in winter.
Parc Jean-Drapeau will rent equipment (skates, skis, bikes, snowshoes) all winter long, which will be free for Montrealers under the age of 17. The park will also have food stands, hot drinks and outdoor water heaters.
The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau specifies that the provincial COVID-19 vaccination passport will not be required to practice winter activities, because they are deemed to be “free” in nature.
The schedule of free winter activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau begins on December 15 and lasts until March 6, 2022.