Winter activity equipment rentals for Montrealers 18 and under
Cross-country skiing is offered in major parks around Montreal including Maisonneuve, La Fontaine and Angrignon. You can rent equipment at a specific group of them: Jarry, Mount Royal, Cap-Saint-Jacques and a few others.
The mayor recommended sledding at Grovehill Park in Lachine and Ignace-Bourget Park in Le Sud Ouest in her press conference on November 26.
But there are a whole range of snowy slopes for Montrealers to choose from this winter, such as the ones at Frédéric-Back. Check out the city's Sledding webpage for more information.
Montreal has municipal arenas as well as more than 200 refrigerated outdoor rinks where people can get their skate on, according to the Arenas and outdoor skating rinks page of its website.
Some arenas are listed online as being already open for skating. A few examples are Aréna Ahuntsic, Aréna Clément-Jetté and Aréna Saint-Charles, which have a "limited number of activities offered."
You'll be able to find fat biking trails at Anse-à-l'Orme, Cap Saint-Jacques, Jean-Drapeau and Pointe-aux-Prairies parks.
A Special Program At Jean-Drapeau Park
Jean Drapeau "will not be outdone" this winter, says the city, offering a special program in place of its usual Fête des neiges.
Starting on December 19, several free activities will be available. Expect hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, an outdoor exhibition presented by the Biosphère, a refrigerated skating rink, a fatbike trail and free sledding.
In a press conference on November 26, the mayor Plante said the new activities were designed to help relieve Montrealers of the "collective fatigue" they may be feeling due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown and to help them "enjoy the outside during winter and breathe a little."
Twenty-five winter stations in 17 Montreal boroughs
The mayor announced the implementation of 25 "winter stations" designed to allow Montrealers to enjoy the city's outdoor public places — including squares, parks or vacant spaces near commercial hubs — during the winter.
"Seventeen boroughs answered the call to animate [the areas] with the joy of winter," Plante said.
The mayor said the winter stations were designed in collaboration with local architects and designers.
According to Plante, the stations will place an emphasis on light installations for "luminotherapy" and will bring a "dose of magic" to Montreal's boroughs.
The winter stations are part of the city's effort to encourage Montrealers to buy local, as the downtown stations will be situated near shops.
"Commercial giants don't need us to survive," Plante said. "But our local merchants [do]."
Plante also revealed that the city plans to light up downtown Montreal for the holidays, in addition to Rue Saint-Denis and Rue Centrale in Lasalle.
Winter activities in Montreal parks and beyond
The city will also implement new winter markets in Old Pointe-aux-Trembles, Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market and more across the island.
But the big news is the implementation of winter sporting activities in almost every major Montreal park beginning in December.
Since sports-related activities are prohibited in COVID-19 red zones, the city is allowing for outdoor play by making cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating and fat biking available.