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Parc Lineaire de la Commune & Bassin Bonesecours (****1/2)

Parc Lineaire de la Commune
in Ville-Merie

 also includes Parc du Bassin Bonesecours 

static_mapRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.7 km in 45:51 min)

6.09 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
Beautiful views of the Old-Port of Montreal and the docks decorate this route. This linear parc goes from the Clock Tower street, around the Parc du Bassin Bonesecours, through the Centre des Sciences and up until Alexandra basin on Mill street. I chose to circle each of the 3 docks as well to make the route longer and more interesting. Yes at times it’s full of people, tourists and others but the sidewalk is large enough to fit all of us.

Photos of Parc Lineaire de la Commune:

The clock tower in the Bonsecours Basin Park Bonsecours Basin Park PanoramaMy route goes on these long docksBonsecours Basin Park is beautifulNice sunset view of the Bonesecour Basin PArkThe old silos and grain elevators are an interesting sight to seeTowards the end of the park stone roads begin, watch outI love the straight roadThe greenery  in the park is well maintainedThe gravel road in the parkNot many trees but a beautiful view os the St-Laurence riverRunners are frequent any time of dayBathrooms and waterfountains in the main park houseThe little lake and fountain add character to the elongated parkPlenty of bathroom stops and little shops along the way There is a large asphalted walkway to run on The gravel surface is well maintained in the linear park

Review of Parc Lineaire de la Commune
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As the name suggest this is a park that is elongated along the old port docks and promenade. I chose to extend my route with the Parc du Bassin Bonesecours and the 2 docks and got to a nice 6K distance.
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The surface is asphalt well maintained since it is a tourist place, and thin gravel in the linear park. Towards the end of the park and going to old port (west) you might run on old stones, try avoiding that. Also be careful of busy season since it's full of tourists.
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The beauty of old port and the Saint-Laurence river is well known. The layout of the Parc du Basin Bonsecours is interesting since it consists of an island surrounded by water and trees and to run there is pure bliss. While you run on the piers you might notice boats of all sizes pass you by while you run. The linear park itself has a beautiful fountain and a mini lake and plenty of fresh air. Don't take my word for it, look at the photos.
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Since this is also a famous tourist destination, there are plenty of bathrooms and water fountains in the area, and restaurants are close by too.
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A perfect park system in the old port with one of the nicest views in Montreal.

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park I’m running in, since I’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:
Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
There is a playground in Parc du Bassin Bonesecours, it has a medium size play set, and some swings.
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It is in the shape of a ship and has plenty areas for kids to play in, climb and slide. It is of good quality and well maintained.
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Perfect place to take the kids on a long walk in the old port for some fresh air, and have some fun with them in this nice playground!


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Posture de course / Running form

Me and my cousin Adrian running on the large trail up the mountainLa posture est un élément qu’il faut bien maîtriser pour éviter les blessures. Lors d’un entraînement, on doit analyser notre posture constamment, car plus la fatigue s’installe, plus le corps se crispe.
 
Il faut garder la tête bien droite, comme si l’on est suspendu à un fil par le haut du crâne.
 
Les épaules relâchées sans être trop mobiles de façon à permettre un balancement naturel des bras. Ces derniers sont pliés à 90%, les paumes tournées vers l’intérieur et les coudes le long du corps. 
 
Les mains sont fermées, mais non serrées et le pouce est déposé sur les doigts.
 
Le tronc est légèrement penché vers l’avant et le bassin est tourné vers l’arrière.
 
La réception de la foulée s’effectue préférablement sur la plante du pied ou la portion avant du talon. Si vous attaquez trop du talon, réduisez la longueur de vos enjambées. Essayez de courir léger en réduisant le temps de contact avec le sol.
 
Si vous constatez des lacunes dans votre posture, changer seulement un élément à la fois. Ainsi  vous aurez le temps d’assimiler le changement avant de passer un prochain point.
Bonne course!
 

Parc de l’Ile de la Visitation (****1/2)

Parc de l’Ile de la Visitation
in Ahuntsic-Cartieville

 also includes Parc Eusèbe-Ménard in Montréal-Nord

static_map_mont_royalRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.06 km in 53:35 min)

5.55 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
A beautiful 5K route crossing through the ile de la visitation which is right next to the Papineau bridge. It starts along the Gouin boulevard bikepath and park system overlooking the Riviere des Prairies, and has a superb view of the Hydro Quebec dam, through the island and back. Plenty of parking on the street adn bus access on Gouin boulevard. A great park route discovery in Montreal.

Photos of Parc de l’Ile de la Visitation:

Beutiful panorama of the Hydro dam, as seen from the bike pathThe ashphalt road is well maintained evne on Ile de la VisitationThe bridge that connects the little island to MontrealThe view coming from the little bridge from the Island to MontrealThe trail running roads are well maintained and largeThe park on the Montreal side is full of piknik tables and grassAt the entrance to the island: Cité historia : museum and a bistro.There arent many waterfountains outside the main park house - this is one of them (hidden)The papineau beridge as seen from Ile de la VIsitationBeautiful view of Laval from the Ile de La visitationThe main lookout point of the Ile de la Visitation from bellevedereThe kids playground is small but relatively newThe park house is clean and has water and bathrooms, and is open from sun-up to sun down

Review of Parc de l'Ile de la Visitation
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This is a big park and you could get easily a 4K just running on the Island and on the Montreal site. If you combine it with the Gouin bike path it could make a 5K, 10K even a half marathon!
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The gouin part of the route is paved with asphalt that is well maintained, only for a few cracks here and there. There is often a running or walking gravel trail right besides the bike path you can take. In the wooded area you will find small gravel road that is very well maintained, wide and comfortable to run on.
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Starting the route you get a beautiful view of the Riviere des Prairies adn the Hydro Quebec dam, then the route takes you into a forested area of the park, through a bridge on an island with pretty vistas, what else can you wish for?
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The park only has water-fountains and toilets on the south side of the park, none on the Ile de la Visitation. It's not a big deal but worth mentioning. Besides that the bathrooms are open most of the time, and parking is available free around Gouin boul.
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A refreshing route in a beautiful nature park that takes you to an island that is mostly undiscovered by most Montrealers. I strongly recommend it.

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park I’m running in, since I’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:
Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Note: there is no playground in Parc de l'ile de la visitation, this is in Parc Eusèbe-Ménard in Montréal-Nord (or the beginning of this Route). This is a small playground that only has 3 swings and a slide and monkey bars, it's better than nothing, but small.
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It is of good quality, but not varied so much, kid will get bored quite fast so bring him on a bike ride instead.
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Even though it's of medium size older kids can still have lots of fun in it's unique games!


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Parc Delorme (***1/2)

Parc Delorme
in Saint-Leonard

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.03 km in 32:50 min)

static_map1.37 km
track – Asphalt & Gravel
It’s an easy route in Saint-Leonard that has a relatively big hill that makes it interesting in terms of view and for light hill training. It has 2 soccer fields, 3 basketball courts and offcourse a boce field for the elderly. The park route is well managed with a clean park house and plenty of fun for kids in the 2 playgrounds or the water games area. I recommend it even thugh it’s not huge.

Photos of Parc Delorme:

Beautiful views when running at sunsetThere arenSoccer fields are in excellent conditionThere is plenty of grass fields The gravel road around 3/4 of the park is in very good conditionThe new outdoor training equipment is awsomeSome steps provide a little hill trainingThe park house is in good condition and has clean facilitiesKids water games = endless funThe kids park is fun but needs a bit of reapir work

Review of Parc Delorme
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It is considered a medium park at 1.37Km, but don't let the size fool you, it seems much bigger because of the nice hill in the middle and terrain design. You would have to do at least 3 laps to get a good workout done.
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We have gravel roads with little rocks, that is in excellent condition and asphalt in between and going up on the hill, overall in great shape.
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There aren't many trees but they are well placed to give you shade and a feeling of a bigger park. The hill in the middle gives a nice touch to this park as well, they even have a little amphi-theatre for shows and movies at night.
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The standard 2 water fountains and bathrooms at the park house which are in good condition, they also just installed outdoor trianing equipment with new gear i haven't seen before. It's also very close to 2 busstops Jarry and Robert boulevards, and has plenty of free parking on the street.
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One of the prettiest little parks in Saint-Leonard, i strongly recommend it for a morning jog or 5K training.
 

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park i’m running in, since i’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:

Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
For smaller kids 1-5 the baby park is a bit small and crowded at times, the one for bigger kids is of medium size and can hold a good group.
Quality of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The little kids park is in great condition, a little old but working, the bigger kids side needs some repair, but could still provide plenty of fun. The water games are in verry good condition and provide plenty of fun for all kids.
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My little 2yo often gets bored at the little park, and wants to do other things quickly, the water games are really fun tho!


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Parc du Mont-Royal – Beaver Lake through Olmsted Road (****1/2)

Parc du Mont-Royal (Part 1)
in Ville Marie

 

static_map_mont_royalRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (4.96 km in 36:25 min)

4.53 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
This route in the famous Mont-Royal park starts at the chalet in front of Beaver Lake and takes Olmsted road all the way through the big chalet and around the cross at the summit. It is a a trail and gravel mixed route that has an elevation of 77m. On your run you are sure to salute other runners, walkers, tourists and cyclists, but because the road is wide we all have space to enjoy our activity. This is the central park and symbol of Montreal.

Photos of Parc Mont-Royal:

Me and my cousin Adrian running on the large trail up the mountainSeveral unique works of art decorate the Mont Royal park The bellevedere chalet on top of the mountain provides bathrooms, water and snacks (sometimes events)The newly renovated chalet at Beaver Lake has everything you need - in the winter it doubles as a ice-skating chaletMany small trails are here to explore the mountainThe gravel trail is well maintained on the mountainMount Royal has trails n the woods for running, hiking,  or exploringOne of my next runs on Mont Royal has to be a trail run: just beautifulThe view from the top of the belvederre is the hallmark to the city, and amazingBeaver lake panorama with the asphalt sidewalk - just breathtakingThe kids playground is unique and is made for older kidsThe kids park has strange games, also a water fountain in the back

Review of Parc du Mont-Royal
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This is by far one of the largest parks in Montreal, I was able to get a perfect 5K route from Beaver Lake up on the mountain and back, but i'm sure i can get more by trail running or going on the road, I have seen 10K routes on Runtastic around the mountain as well.
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The little asphalt roads around beaver lake are in very good condition. The main gravel road up on the mountain (Olmsted Road) is very large and can accomodate many groups of runners or walkers in the same time. There were verry few problems and deformations with the gravel road down below but i'm sure they will fix it soon.
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The air smells fresher on Mont Royal, and the view is amazing. Wether you are looking at the natural forest, or looking at downtown Montreal and the St-Laurent river, the view will take your breath away, no wonder it's full of tourists day-in day-out. The little mountain is also full of wildlife, with many types of birds, squirrels and dogs chasing them.
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To get to the park you can come by car: (3 big pay-parkings) or you can take the metro and bus, or come by bike as well. There are waterfountains and bathrooms at the big chalets in good condition, and a few more around the route up-hill.
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A beautiful forest route in the heart of the city, in great shape and good running amenities with breathtaking vistas, this has to be on any 'to-run' list.

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park I’m running in, since I’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:
Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
It is of medium size, I was expecting a bigger one but some big parks don't even have one, so i'll take what I get.
Quality of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The quality is quite good, all the games have a nature theme and are quite minimalist in design, it makes the kids explore adn use their imagination. There is also a big waterfountain to slapsh in for those warm summer days.
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Even though it's of medium size older kids can still have lots of fun in it's unique games!


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Parc Angrignon (****1/2)

Parc Angrignon
in Lasalle

 

static_map_AngrignonRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (6.46 km in 56:03 min)

3.17 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
I chose a 3.17 Km route that lounges the big lake and goes into the forest. My route has a mix of gravel (big and small) and ashphalt that is well maintained. There is even a cool trail in the woods on the south-side of the lake to discover. Angrignon is full of lush vegetation and trees, and has has beutiful vistas of 3 small ponds and a big man made lake, that is visited often by ducks and birds. It is well accessible from the Angrignon metro station, has a big free parking on the south side or accessible by plenty of buses. Also 3 kids areas with plagrounds adorn the park for plenty of fun for he young. It is a jewel in Lasalle.

Review of Parc Angrignon
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It is considered a big parc, and it feels like that too. The longest route is around 3.17Km long so 3 laps of that and you cna make a 10K! Because of so many asphalted alleyways, and trails you can explore this park many times and not run in the same route.
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The surface consists of wide asphalted roads separated for bikes and running / walking. Around the lake you can find large gravel stones and thinner gravel on a few areas. Make sure you have a thick sole or else you might feel the little stones on the big gravel road.
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With so many treese and thick vegetation you are completely closed off from the outside world, and transported in a forest, with birds chirriping around you and super fresh air. The view of the big lake is beautiful and it attracts many runners, walkers and bicyclists. It also has vast grassy fields and tables for BBQs and sometimes the smoke can bother some vegetarians.
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The park has 2 park houses with toilets and drinking fountains in the northern and central parts of the park, situated along the main running route. It also features several additional water-fountains along the way.
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A big and beautiful park in Lasalle area that is immersed in nature.

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park I’m running in, since I’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:
Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
If you combine all 3 playgrounds, the area is pretty big. In the big one you have a boat like playground with sand, and a bigger structure for bigger kids to climb on with ropes and ladders. Picknic area right next to them, so it's a family friendly place.
Quality of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
It is not super-new but in good quality, you have to remember there are 3 playgrounds, 2 next to the metro on the southern side of the park and one on the nort-western side (a smaller one).
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Kids won't get bored here, you can combine the kids park with running and a family BBQ, and you are all set!


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Photos of Parc Angrignon:

Me and Edna, my wife running our first lapRunning at sunset is quite romanticThick forest is on both sides of the road that seclude it from the outside worldThe asphalt road is separated in 2 : bikes and walkers or runnersThe park house is quite large, and has clean toilets and waterThe big lake panorama is a beautiful site - good job Dan D.There are plenty of benches across the asphalted running routeThe lucky residents of this high rise...Me running with my smartphone and Runtastic gearBeautiful lake provides an amazing view when runningThe park is somewhat illuminated at night - big alleywaysLittle kids playground is fun and close to BBQ areaBig kids playground is full of ropes and ladders (no snakes)Big gravel stone path could be felt in thin shoes

Parc Ferland (***1/2)

Parc Ferland
in Saint-Leonard

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.06 km in 34:50 min)

static_map_oparc_ferland1.47 km
track – Asphalt & Gravel
Parc Ferland is not a big park but it’s really well maintained and fun to run in. I still managed to get a good 1.47 Km route which includes half gravel and half sidewalk, since on the northern side it lacks a route and we have to lounge the park. It features a pool, newly built water games and a good size playground. It has clean bathrooms, and 2 waterfountains.

Review of Parc Ferland
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My route is about 1.5Km long which is not big, but an ideal size for a park in this St-Leonard neighbourhood full of houses.
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IT is gravel half way of the park for running, and sidewalks or the street for the other half. All of them in verry good shape, jsut be careful when it rains on the gravel, move to the sidewalks.
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There are a few trees, that decorate the sides of the park, as well as a few soccer fields, basketball courts and tennis courts. There are a few hills for kids to play in in the winter which helps by giving a nice shape to the landscape. YOu would notice a lot of soccer fields here, reason: Saint-Leonard.
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The park house is central to the park and has clean bathrooms, 2 drinking fountains. It is accessible by a close walk from Langelier or Lacordaire bus stations.
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Cute neighbourhood park which is perfect for a little 5K, and is in great condition for runners.
 

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park i’m running in, since i’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:

Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
It is medium to big, with plenty of games for the kids on a sandy area, the water games and a pool.
Quality of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
They just installed the new water games featuring musical instruments: unique and fun. Besides that there is a variation of swings, slides and climbing machines for young kids. Plenty of fun! Oh and there is also a public pool.
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I strongly recommend it, my kid loves the playground and asks me often to come back!


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Photos of Parc Ferland:

The park has nice trees all aroundThe public pool is small but a blessing in warm daysMe finishing my run, i have to correct my form a bit...Gravel road goes halfway the trackPark house is well situated in the middle of the park and in good conditionWhile you run you can observe one of 4 soccer fields for kids of all agesGravel is in good conditionIf it is wet or muddy, take the sidewalkMore water games are really funThe playground area is medium-bigThe new water games and musical instruments are excellent

Parc Lafontaine (****)

Parc Lafontaine
in Le Plateau Mont-Royal

 

Runtastic Route MapRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.22 km in 44:17 min)

3.38 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
This is one of the bigger parks in Montreal, and I made a 3.37Km route consisting of asphalt and gravel that traverses most of it’s beautiful areas. Named after the famous Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, it is a beautiful landmark in the heart of Montreal. It is separated in 2 by ave. Calixia Lavalee but that doesn’t bother much. It has lush forests, a beautiful lake with a fountain, an outdoor stage for free evening concerts, and a 3 big playgrounds for kids of all ages with water games.

Review of Parc Lafontaine
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This parc is medium to large in size and split into 2 with a road that's not too busy, the scenery makes it seem larger. I wanted to create the longest route I could, and I succseeded in making a 3.37Km one in Runtastic, but in reality its a bit short of 3km because some construction and detours.
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It's asphalt 2/3 of the route, and gravel for the rest. In the long straightaway on the west side you have a walking asphalted road, trail, and a bike lane. Next to the lake you have a narrow road on one side adn a wide road on the other. The surface is well maintained expet a few cracks here and there that are not noticable.
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Just beautiful, lush trees, beautiful view of the big famous fountain in the lake which is inhabited by a few ducks. You can alos see lots of runners pass by. Noise level is not that high because of the trees even though it's located on Sherbrooke street.
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The main park house is also a mini restaurant, with outdoor benches. It has watercoolers and clean bathrooms, you also have some watercoolers in the kids playground area, but except that i didn't find any other water fountains.
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A beautiful runners park in the middle of Le Plateau that shouldn't be missed.

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park i’m running in, since i’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:
Kids playground review
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
It's a big park area, the designer didn't limit itself with budget on the space and it shows. It's full of parents of all ages with their kids.
Quality of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Not the newest rides but in good contidion. They have a toddlers area, a big kids area and a fort like structure kids can play in. Also 2 water pools for slpashing around.
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One of the biggest and coolest kids playgrounds iv'e seen to date, your kid will spend lots of bottled up energy here and have fun!


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Photos of Parc Lafontaine:

A beautiful view of the fountain and lake from the bridgeThe area on the left of the lake is a bit narrow, take the high roadAmazing free amphitheater provides shows all summer long Another view of the fountain from the north sideSome musicians in the far end, practice their tunes - fun!The road to go down to the lake path is accessible for allThe big park house with the restaurant, bathrooms and water fountainsThe 3 part road: biking, walking and runningThe path is large and well maintainedBeautiful grass areas adorn the parkOur group shotsat the end of the runThe cool fort-like structure for kids to play inThe big kids playground is separatedThe main playground is pretty bigShallow pool and sprinklers: one of 2!

Parc d’Antioche, des Roseraies & du Bocage (**1/2)

Parc d’Antioche, des Roseraies & du Bocage 
in Anjou

This is my first run combined of 3 small parks, I will try to give details about each park while rating my whole experience for the run as a whole. 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (4.27 km in 43:37 min)

static_map2.43 km
track – Asphalt & Trail
This 2.43Km route in these 3 little parks in Anjou is fun, and is full of running amenities such as fountains and bathrooms. It’s also full of kids playgrounds, one of which is brand new in Parc des Roseraies, and plenty of ‘bocce’ courts for the elderly in Place d’Antioche park. On the negative side the parks are quite small and as a consequence most of the route will be done on sidewalks or roads that go around them, and one big intersection on Beaubien street that cuts the route in the middle. 

Review of Parc d'Antioche, des Roseraies & du Bocage
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All 3 parks are very small, but together they make a nice 2.43 Km length or half a 5K, the only problem is there is a stop light blocking the way.
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I almost sprained my ankele in Parc des Roseraies, asphalt and roads are deformed (wavey), and sidewalks are cracked, Parc d'Antioche & du Bocage have not too many alleys but the sidewalks are ok.
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The nicest view would be in Parc des Roseraies with a nice little 'community' forest. Too bad it was under construction and half blocked, but i guess it's a good thing. The other parks are too small to notice anything in particular.
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All 3 parks have waterfountains, and bathrooms, and they are pretty clean, they are also very accessible: right in the middle of the Anjou neighbourhood.
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These 3 parks and running route might be very close to many people living in Anjou, but honestly it's not great for running, because of the surface. Try Parc Felix Leclerc which is not far.
 

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park i’m running in, since i’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:

Kids playground review
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The playgrounds are medium-large size always split into 2 areas for smaller kids and older ones.
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Parc des Roseraies is just building a new park for kids with brand new rides, Parc du Bocage has varied playgrounds by age, and a fun water parc with a knee-high pool and sprinklers: super fun on warm days! Parc d'Antioche serves grandparents with daily bocce games and championships
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I recommend it for parents with kids of all ages especially Parc du Bocage with the water games!


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Photos of Parc d’Antioche, des Roseraies & du Bocage :

Parc des Roseraies - a cute community garden at the entranceParc des Roseraies - entrance tomeParc DAntioche - small damage in the short alleysParc DAntioche - bocce heaven for the seniorsParc des Roseraies - some trails are available.Parc des Roseraies - trail run - be careful after the rainParc des Roseraies - cool feature a hockey ringParc des Roseraies - Often you have to run on the sidewalkParc du Bocage Watergames and mini-pool - yay!Parc du Bocage perfect for kids, great playground

Parc Giuseppe-Garibaldi (***)

Parc Giuseppe-Garibaldi
in Saint-Leonard

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.06 km in 34:50 min)
Parc Jarry Route
1.27 km
track – Asphalt
This is a cute little park of 1.27 Km asphalt track. It is located in the St-Leonard neighborhood that is mainly dedicated to soccer (with 1 big and 3 small fields) and a nice kids playground, and a public pool. It would have been good to run in if the asphalt alleyways weren’t cracked and sometimes even missing big chunks. So be careful when running in it, especially at night! 

Review of Parc Giuseppe-Garibaldi
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This park is on the small size, and i was able to make a 1.27 Km track in it that goes in it, and on the periphery sidewalk when i couldn't run in it anymore.
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There are asphalt roads inside the park, be careful of cracks and missing pieces, hopefully they will think of repairing it soon.
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There are some nice trees, and a few flowers. The park is situated in the middle of a little hill, so you climb up on the east side and run down on the west side. Most of the time you are always next to a soccer field, and can even catch a kiddie game. There are also a few courts such as: basketball, tennis, bocce and a public pool.
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I just counted one water fountain outside the park house and one inside it. With nice bathrooms. Besides that the whole park is well illuminated at night.
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If you live close by and have no other choice, go run in it but be careful of the imperfect asphalt.
 

As a bonus I’m also rating the playgrounds in or very close to the park i’m running in, since i’m a new papa and i know how important playgrounds are to new parents and especially their kids, so here goes:

Kids playground review
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The playground area is split into 4 and is considerably pretty big, there is also a free soccer field next by to play with a ball.
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There is a baby park, swings, a bigger kids park and even water games and a pool, plenty of varied fun for young ones. It's not the newest rides but they are in good condition.
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I recommend it for the variety or for a hot summer day, i personally go there often with my kid!


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Photos of Parc Giuseppe-Garibaldi:

For the most parts, the asphalt is ok.Running at night: well illuminated, dangerous because of the asphalt.Some more cracks and deformities in the asphalt (cause: temperature)You can even play Basketball and TennisA nice little public poolPlenty of soccer fieldsPlease fix this hole, its a danger for everyone!Also fun for kids: water gamesThe kids park is wonderfulThe park house has nice cooled water and clean bathroomsSometimes you have to run on the sidewalk