Montreal Parks & Gardens
Built for the XXI Olympics held in the summer of 1976, Montreal's Parc Olympique (Olympic Park) includes the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic pools, Arena Maurice-Richard and the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. A number of major events and activities continue to be held at the park each year.
With its collection of 21,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.
Situated in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, the islands that make up Parc Jean-Drapeau feature a number of buildings associated with Expo '67 including The Biosphere (formerly the US Pavillion) and the Place des Nations. The Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit is located at the park as is an aquatic complex, a beach and a garden. Activities include cycling, in-line skating, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.
Located downtown and comprising an entire city block, this city square is bordered by Sainte Catherine street east and Saint Hubert street and features art installations, a large-scale outdoor chess board and is a cultural hub for many festivals and community events.
This large green space in the middle of the city is a popular destination in the summer for those who want to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time outdoors. The park features a playground, tennis courts, a soccer pitch and enough open space for a football game or some Frisbee. There are also shady areas to have a picnic.
Champ-de-Mars Park is located behind City Hall and contains remains of Montreal's fortifications.
An island in the St. Lawrence River, Ile Sainte-Helene (Saint Helen's Island in English) is situated in the city of Montreal. The island is home to the biosphere, La Ronde and the Stewart Museum. The annual fireworks competition is also held on this island, which makes up part of Jean Drapeau park with Ile Notre-Dame.
Parc Maisonneuve, which was named after the first governor of Montreal, is one of the city's largest urban parks at 118 ha (291.5 acres). Featuring the Botanical Gardens, a 9-hole golf course and 15 km (9.3 mi) of hiking and walking paths, the park also includes is a skating rink and cross-country skiing trails in winter.
Located behind Louis-Riel high school in Montreal's Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, this park features 12 tennis courts and a baseball diamond.
Place du Canada
This small green space in the heart of Montreal is the southern portion of Square Dorchester. Located across boulevard Rene Levesque Ouest from the square, the park features a statue of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.
The area that is now Square Dorchester was a cemetery at the beginning of the 19th century and victims of the 1832 cholera epidemic were originally buried here. The cemetery was moved in 1855 and the area is now a park that features statues of former Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier and poet Robbie Burns, as well as a monument to soldiers killed in the Boer War.
La Fontaine Park is a large urban park in the heart of Montreal. Home to grand, old trees, two ponds and a waterfall, public artworks and bike paths, this picturesque 26-ha park is popular with strollers and cyclists in warmer months and skaters in winter. It is also home to the Theatre de Verdure--an outdoor theatre that hosts free performances in spring.