10 Montreal Bike Paths You Should Ride At Least Once Before The Summer Is Over - MTL Blog

10 Montreal Bike Paths You Should Ride At Least Once Before The Summer Is Over

Way better than normal roads.

Photo cred - Shawn Kristofor Bennett Photography

Just because it's August doesn't mean you have to stop doing all the fun things summer allows us to do in Montreal. The temperature may dip a bit, but it'll still be warm enough to drink outside, picnic in the park, and, most importantly, bike around the city. To make sure you get the most out of the warm weather that'll be around for only a few more months, we've got some bike routes that will help you discover new parts of the city, or reacquaint you with familiar spots.

If you don't have a bike, don't feel like you can't make the most out of these 10 bike routes. It doesn't make much sense to buy a bike near the end of the season, but that's the benefit of having a bike service like BIXI in Montreal, and now, you can even purchase a half- season pass, for you guessed it, half the price! Pick a route, grab a BIXI/your own bike, and get riding.

1. Montreal River to River Ride Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 45.51km
  • Head from the St. Lawrence River to Rivière des Prairies, while doing a big loop of the island, being sure to stop off at the Olympic Stadium and other attractions for a tour of Montreal that doubles as a solid workout.

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2. Downtown to Mont Royal Route

  • Interactive Map
  • Length: 3.62km
  • Go from the hustle and bustle of the city's urban center straight to the base of the mountain, where you can continue upwards or just chill in the park.

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3. West Island Loop

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 30.53km
  • Many Montrealers never experience the West Island, but this route will give you a sense of the whole area in one go.

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4. Urban Exploration Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 20.63km
  • If you're new to Montreal, this route will give you the lowdown on the city's downtown areas, including Old Montreal, Plateau Mont-Royal, and some major parks.

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5. Montreal's Markets/Rosemont Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 6.65km
  • Discover the growing 'hood of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie as you take a stop over at Laurier Park, one of the more underrated urban green spaces in the city.

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6. Nun's Island to Lachine Canal Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 48.19km
  • Cross the water for lengthy route that rides along the St. Lawrence River. Be sure to take some time to explore Parc Jean-Drapeau too.

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7. Deux-Montagnes to NDG Route

  • Interactive map 
  • Length: 28.6km
  • The morning commute to the biker who created this map, feel free to do it in reverse and start out in the borough of NDG  and make your way to Deux-Montagnes.

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8. Lachine Path To Old Montreal Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 16.89km
  • A classic route using the Lachine bike path to make your way to the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal.

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9. Tour des Parc Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 16.8km
  • Montreal is a city of many parks, and hit up a majority of them on this aptly titled route.

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10. East Montreal Route

  • Interactive map
  • Length: 62.76km
  • If you're gonna do the west of the island, you gotta give some love to the eastern area of Montreal. This lengthy routewill get you familiar with the east side of the city in one ride.

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Have you picked up your BIXI?

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