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Parc-nature du Ruisseau-De Montigny (****)

Parc-nature du Ruisseau-De Montigny
in Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles

also includes a small playground parc André-Cailloux

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.1 km in 43:31 min)
5.1 km track – Gravel, Asphalt
This nature parc of the De Montigny stream is a beautifully preserved spot of nature on the north-east island of Montreal that not alot of people know about. It passes from the Marie-Victorin cegep to the Riviere-des-Prairies Hospital but you can barely see them while you run. The trail is marked with soft gravel and is really well maintained. The only downside is that it’s separated by a big street in the middle you have to cross at a light. Next to the College part you have a rest area with a waterfountain and some tables but no bathrooms (we are in the nature after all). There are also a few offroad trails for walking next to the river but not running in them.

Photos of Parc-nature du Ruisseau-De Montigny & Parc André-Cailloux:

Parc-nature du Ruisseau-De Montigny & Parc André-Cailloux
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The park is divided into 2 parts separated by Boul Maurice-Duplessis. Each part is around 1.25 KM long and together it makes a 2.5Km Route. I decided to make my loop of 5K on the street next to the park which doesn't have much traffic but you can choose to go back and forth in the park for a 5K.
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Well maintained gravel surface with asphalt outside the park.
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The nature forest view is great, especially in a densly populated urban area such as this. The air is fresh and the sounds of the water stream really add to a great feeling.
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Not many, only one waer point in the middle and no bathrooms, you can go in the nature.
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A beautiful nature park park with a stream (rare) on the north eastern side of Montreal, I enjoyed running here and I recommend it.

Review of the kids playground of the Parc André-Cailloux:
Kids playground review
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It is a medium sized park.
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It's ok quality probably completed 5 years ago. Kids can have choices between a big kids set and babies set with lots of swings and a little hill.
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Pretty normal park for kids they will have fun for about 1h here before getting bored. Hint explore the forest across the street after!

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Parc Rene-Levesque & Parc Monk (****)

Parc Rene-Levesque & Parc Monk
in Lachine

 also includes Parc du musée de Lachine & Ranger Park 

static_mapRuntastic route info | My run stats in this park (6.97 km in 47:27 min)

7.1 km
track – Asphalt
This route goes through 2 beautiful parks : the Park Rene Levesque peninsula and the Parc Monk island, in the south west of Lachine next to the old Lachine lock system. It has amazing views of the Lachine Canal, the a marina full with boats and many artistic statues and installations. The route surface is well maintained asphalt separated from the bike lane. The only thing it lacks is waterfountains and more bathrooms. The starting point address is “1 Chemin du Musée Lachine”, and there is plenty of parking around.

Photos of Parc Rene-Levesque & Parc Monk:

Great birds eye view of the park systemThe beginning of the route - and the Museum of LachineParc Monk has some art tooParc Monk is just breathtakingThe Lachine Locks - The information center for visitors of the areaParc Rene-Levesque Art Installations - Flags?Beautiful view of the St-Lawrence riverMore art sculptures in Parc Rene-Levesque Parc Rene-Levesque route after a rainy dayInviting lounge chairs in Parc Rene LevesqueThe art installations that decorate the route are interestingThe trees provide great shade in Parc Rene-LevesqueParc Rene-LevesqueThe separate routes for bikes and runners or walkersSt-Lawerence river viewThe end loop of Parc Rene-Levesque These are the artsy bathroomsParc Rene-Levesque Panorama - beautiful spaceParc Ranger is a small park next to the Lachine MuseumLittle bridges connect small islands in Parc Monk

Review of Parc Rene-Levesque & Parc Monk
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The cercomference of each park takes about 2.5Km each, add to that the smaller 2 parks : Ranger park and Parc de la Musée de Lachine and you have an amazing route of 7Km long. BTW: the route could be extended eastward along canal Lachine or westward along St-LAwrence river.
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Well maintained asphalt with a few cracks here and there but not major. Most of the route has a separate bike path and walk/run path.
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The views are superb. YOu have the St Lawrence river, the marina full of boats and great vegetation and trees. What really makes this route unique tho, is the beautiful art installations along the Rene-Levesque park: statues, sculptures from metal, and rock, and other amazing works of art. Check out the photos.
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I would have to deduct a few points here, maybe i wasn't looking well enough but i didn'T find one drinking fountain along the route in either park! Maybe they want you to buy your water at the tourist boutiques or they ignored the fact that people drink water? Bathrooms are only at the end of Rene-Levesque park and well maintained, and hidden as art.
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A beautiful park system at the end of the Lachine canal with exquisite views, and well maintained track. If only it had more amenities 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
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There isn't a kids playground per-se here, you can find multiple art statues and installations in Rene-Levesque and Parc du Musee de Lachine. It occupies a vast amount of green space.
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You have to be creative here, it isn't a usual playground, but kids find ways to play with the art installations verry well, some of them even invite youngsters to interact with the art itself, or so I deducted.
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Not your usual playground, but kids have plenty of imagination. Just be careful of the riverbanks!


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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
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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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Parc Jarry (****1/2)

Parc Jarry
in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.3 km in 38:00 min)
Parc Jarry Route
2.24 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
This 2.24 gravel and asphalt route is the longest i could create in the famous Jarry Parc. Best known for its many tennis courts for the Rogers Cup, this park boasts plenty of green grass spaces, a nice lake and plenty of trees. It’s a sports lovers park : it has a few soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball fields and even a field hockey area.

Review of Parc Thomas-Chapais
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My route in this beautiful park is 2.24 Km long, so in 2 laps you got almost a 5K. The park itself feels bigger by the way it was designed.
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Most of it is asphalted, wide enough for 3 people to pass and in superb condition, almost no cracks. There is also some gravel road that is flat and well managed.
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The course starts with a beautiful waterfountain in a lake full of ducks, it has many trees, bushes and flowers and a vast grassy field. The air is fresh and the noise level is at a minimum even tho it is right next to St-Laurent street. While you run you can observe many sports including: soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball.
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Whoever designed this park had us runners in mind, because I counted at least 6 waterfountains along the track, and nice bathrooms in the park house.
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One of the nicest running parks in the heart of montreal, great running amenities, beutiful view and awsome track makes this a perfect park for running. You have to try 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
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I would say it's a medium to big kids playground, with 3 areas there is fun for anyone.
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It has a section for small kids and one for bigger ones with plenty of ropes to hang from and climb, all games look fairly new and in perfect condition, it helps to have a police station in the park! It also features water games and sprinklers right there for a hot summer day.
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Strongly recommend it, it is big, new and safe (fenced) so brink your kids the would love it!


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Photos of Parc Jarry:

The view from the top of Parc Jarry is amazingMy first group-run review came with me, for a pic in front of the fountain. Thank you all for being great sports!The surface is large and impecable.The kids playground (for bigger kids) is in perfect condition and quite large. Play on!The fountain and lake provide beutiful views when running.There are at least 6 waterfountains along the running track!The wide area in front of the fountain is great for running, walking or just admiring the view.

CBC Radio 1 Interview for RunInMontreal

Great news! after my post on Reddit yesterday for the official launch, CBC Radio 1 took notice, and they called me for an interview On-Air about my RunInMontreal project. Be sure to tune in to 88.5 FM at around 6:20AM to hear the interview.

Listen to CBC Radio 1 here live:
http://www.cbc.ca/liveradio/popup/index.html?networkKey=cbc_radio_one&programKey=montreal

Reddit post (some funny/inspiring comments):
http://www.reddit.com/r/montreal/comments/1iwi1f/i_decided_to_run_in_and_review_all_455_parks_in/

Thank you all for the great support and stay tuned for for my first public group run in Park Jarry this Saturday morning.