Montreal's Second Summer: 5 Green Spaces to Enjoy in the Heat

Whether you think the hot weather is wonderful or unpleasant, it certainly won't last very long, which is why you should take advantage of the sunshine and heat and get outdoors!

I've compiled 5 of the best places to have a picnic, go for a walk, or play outdoor sports, so you can enjoy the last dregs of summer weather away from the greyness of downtown Montreal.

1. Beaver Lake

While it's quite the walk to reach Beaver Lake, this park provides beautiful views of Montreal, glittering lakes and lush green grass - right in the middle of the city! It's usually quiet, and has lots of picnic tables as well as shady spots. You can rent boats to take out on the water, or check out their cafeteria!

2. Rapids Park

Fancy taking a stroll on a little island in the St Lawrence? Look no further than Rapids Park. Located off Boulevard LaSalle, Rapids Park provides a magnificent view of both the river's rapids and the city. Here you'll find all sorts of species of ducks and birds, as well as carefully maintained trails.

3. Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square is a large urban park in downtown Montreal, bordered by Peel Street, René Lévesque Boulevard and Metcalfe. It's the perfect place for a break from the busy streets, and is always perfectly manicured. If you're interested in some Montreal history, take a look at some of the memorial statues you can find here!

4. Montreal Botanical Garden

Part of the Montreal 'Space for Life', the Botanical Garden provides a haven of beautiful flowers and outdoor exhibits. Look no further for your Instagram-worthy shots, as this landscape transports you back to spring, when school and winter were ending (I'm not nostalgic, you are!)

5. Jean Drapeau Park

Some of you may remember Jean-Drapeau as the location of Osheaga, but it's so much more than that! With attractions like La Ronde, the Biosphere, the Stewart Museum, and even a racetrack, Jean-Drapeau provides the perfect day out for you and your friends. There's also a beach, as well as numerous hiking and cycling trails.

Get out there and enjoy the hot weather while it lasts!


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