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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
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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 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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
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
Size of playgroundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
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

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.

Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies – Secteur du Bois-De-L’Heritage (****)

Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies
(Secteur du Bois-De-LHeritage)
in Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.46 km in 45:47 min)

parc_nature_pointe_aux_prairies_static_map2.74 km
track – Gravel & Trail 
This 2.74 Km trail run in the Secteur du Bois-De-L’Heritage has a breathtaking view of the natural forest parc and provides much shade on those hot summer days. Surface on some trails might be muddy but it’s not something to be bothered with much if you have the right trail running shoes. Not many people know Montreal even has this big park right under their nose, well maybe a bit to the east of their nose. Once you discover it you will be coming back to explore all it’s trails for sure.

Review of Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies - Bois-De-L'Heritage
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The Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is divided into 4 parts, the part i'm reviewing now : Bois-De-L'Heritage is 2.74 Km long, but you can easily find routes in the park that are 5K even 10K when you run from one part to the other: it spans all of the northern side of the Montreal Island un until the southern side. I chose this route first because it's the most accessible by Highway 40 and Sherbrooke street and it's an ideal length for a 5K: 2 laps.
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The surface here is mixed. We have the first part that is gravel for biking, and the second part which is more earth and trail. The trail part is fine but you have to be careful: big puddles and wood roots pop up from time to time.
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The forest view is beautiful, full of trees and bush. You have little rivers and bridges and you are trully immersed in nature. You can hear many bird sounds (if you have no headphones on), but sometimes you hear the cars on the 40 highway too which is annoying.
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You can find some nice cooled water fountains and bathrooms in the park house. Even an outdoor outhouse on the track. To come to the park though, you have to drive and pay for parking, unless you go to Rue Prince Arthur and park on the street: but it's a 2Km warmup run to the start point.
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A nice nature park on the island of Montreal, for trail running and nature watching. Go for it.
 


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Photos of Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies (Secteur du Bois-De-L’Heritage):

Watch out for some broken wood on the trackthis is the walking trail and its a bit less wideBridges help you traverse little rivers and a mini swampThe actual trail for biking is pretty wide and well maintainedThe trail has plenty of shade and is sprinkled with sun spotsA view of the swampy riverWatch out for these signs that tell you where you are... i missed them in the beginningMy running trail combines 2 routes: biking and hiking - look for the free parking too!The forest view is beautifulThis is the beginning of the track on this bridgeAnother little bridge over a little riverThe trail is made out of gravel and earth sometimes one is more visibleThe hiking trail has one bad spot of mud puddles (hint: go around)There is one picknik area with tables and an outhouseThis is the main cabin fully equipped with toilets, water adn info on the trails. Also lots of day camps come hereA nice area for a picknikThe trail often separates - watch out for signsA beautiful panorama of an intersection in the forest

Parc Maisonneuve Review (****1/2)

Parc Maisonneuve
in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

 

Runtastic route info | My run stats in this park (5.1 km in 36:56 min)
Parc Maisonneuve Route
2.83 km
track – Gravel & Asphalt
A big and beautiful park in the heart of montreal overlooking the Olympic Stadium. I chose the longest trail of 2.83 Km long to appreciate all its beauty. It has gravel and asphalt and often a separate track for runners. In a beautiful day you can find runners, hikers, bicyclists and rollerbladers, this park has it all, bienvenu a Montreal!

Review of Parc Maisonneuve
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Maisonneuve is one of the big parks in montreal, and has many little alleys, some for running some for biking. I chose the longest route without getting out of the park of 2.83 Km. 2 laps you have a 5k, 3.5 laps and you got a 10K!
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It's an asphalt surface separate for runners and bikers. On half of the track more inside the park there are gravel roads for less of a shock to the foot. All the paths are very well maintained and have few cracks or deformations. There is even a downward slope and a mini-hill that follows in the middle for some hill training.
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With the botanical garden on the west of the park you know this park receives top care for it's trees, plants and flowers. The air smells fresher there than other parks. It has vast amounts of grass, lots of trees for shade, and of course the beautiful view of the Olympic Stadium that reminds us all that we are all super athletes ;-).
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With a park this size you need water-fountains everywhere, and it delivers, 2 cooled water-fountains and one big park chalet that houses a snack bar, a cooled waterfountain, lockers and toilets. to note one water fountain was broken: fix it!
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This is the park to run in, it has great tracks, breathtaking views and good amenities for runners, no wonder it`s always full of us.
 

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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If you consider grass plains as your playground than i'm willing to give this 5*, if not 1* so... 3*.
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It doesn't have any playground, this park is really only for sports, but if you brink a ball, a kite or a picknik blanket and a wife, you are setteled. If you insist there is Parc Cité-Jardin hidden close by on Rosemont Boul. that has plenty!
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It's really unfair to judge this park by it's missing playground, but i have to.


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Photos of Parc Maisonneuve:

The park entrance from Rosemont boul. next to the busstopThe gravel road enters the mini forestThe map of the park is well displayed all over (this is a tourist area too)Sometimes you have to run on the side of the bike lane (be careful)Plenty of trees for shade and fresh airBeautiful and big grass plane for any type of activity or restingThe road is separated between a bike lane adn a running laneYOu can always look somewhere and see the StadiumThe little hill in the middle of the trackBeautiful arrangement of trees and bushesThe entrance from VIau, you have many directions to start your routeThe view when reaching the parks houseNext to the running gravel trail, there is a earth trail for runners or mountainbikesThe parks house is equipped with lockers, bathrooms, vending machines and a little fast food placeThis is where they set up St-Jean celebrations and the stagethe Olympic Stadium is never too farPanormaa showing the multiple surfaces and the nice view of the Olympic StadiumGravel road and long grassy planes