Winter bikers are getting an early Christmas present from Parks Canada and the Sud-Ouest borough. Huge sections of Montreal's Lachine Canal bike path will soon be fully accessible even after the worst snowstorm. \nClearing the bike path of snow has been a demand of the Coalition Mobilité Active Montréal for quite some time and the organization is "grateful" for this move, according to spokesperson Dan Lambert.\nEditor's Choice: Montreal Is In For The Gloomiest Christmas Ever\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nThis [...] will not only benefit cyclists but the entire population, who will be able to take advantage of grooming to practice various winter activities.\n\n\nBenoit Dorias, Sud-Ouest borough mayor\n\n\nOfficials hope that the Lachine Canal site will be "teeming with winter activities" in the new year. \nIn the Sud-Ouest, a 2.5-kilometre section will be cleared of snow "on the north side [...] from avenue Atwater to rue de la Commune."\nApproximately 10 kilometres of the Lachine Canal path will also be cleared in the west, from avenue Dollard to Old Montreal. \nAccording to Saint-Paul-Émard–Saint-Henri-Ouest borough councillor Alain Vaillancourt, "the snow-cleared trail will be more than three times the distance that was included in the 2017-2019 pilot project."\nAll kinds of winter activities are encouraged including biking, snowshoeing, and a walk en plein air.\nSnow removal operations will begin in mid-January.