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
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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!

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