May 2021 – Top 5 Montreal Nature Walks
April showers bring May flowers and lots of beautiful trees growing back their leaves. Since Mother Nature is back in bloom this month, with no reservations required, I thought I’d round up some of our favourite Montreal nature walks across the city. Pack some snacks, put on your walking shoes and discover one of these socially-distanced, COVID-friendly outings this spring.
At the very peak of Westmount lives a little slice of heaven that we’ve been visiting for years. While many dog owners flock to this spot, spring is a great time to go as dogs must remain on leash (until June 15) during the annual bird migration. Kids will love discovering the teepees made out of giant branches and all the great nooks and crannies to hide in during your adventure.
2. Angrignon Park
Located in the South West (near Ville Emard and Verdun), this park is a fabulous spot to spend the day. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch by the pond. Bring your bikes and ride the 2km long bike path and then play the day away at one of the two playgrounds.
3. Parc des Rapides
Another great spot in Lasalle, this is a great place to watch the Lachine rapids, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a surfer. Wildlife is also a major draw to this walking path, with all types of birds – 225 species – living here. If you’re looking for a day-long adventure, bring your bikes and ride the 15-km long Pôle des Rapides, which is just beside the park.
We love this spot for our annual organic apple picking adventure but it’s lovely in the spring time too! The park is currently under construction to restore some of its structural elements (a grotto!) but 8-km of hiking trails await. There are trails of different lengths and for different levels and facilitates including a bathroom and picnic tables along the way. The park charges a daily fee per person or per family ($15).
Perhaps best known for its beach, Montreal’s largest park is a great spring destination as well. With views of Rivière des Prairies and Lake of Two Mountain, you’ll feel like you have truly escaped the city. The park features 8km of biking trails, 16km of hiking trails, a farm and bird watching. Fees only apply to the beach and parking area.
Since May is the season of flowers, here are two more ideas – that require reservations – that not only make the perfect outing but great photo opportunities as well. The Montreal Botanical Gardens features tulips in full bloom, and you can pick your own tulips at Tulipes.ca in Laval, just in time for Mother’s Day.