Cross-country skiing

Things to do at the Parc

Getting some fresh air by going cross-country skiing is also something you can do at Parc Jean-Drapeau this winter. Two traditional cross-country trails, marked out and maintained, will delight enthusiasts of this activity, as well as those who would like to take up the sport.

A top-notch winter sport!

Île Sainte-Hélène

Introductory 750 m | Beginners

A loop of about 750 metres in length will be set up on Espace 67. Ideal for an introduction to cross-country skiing, the trail allows you to learn how to do cross-country in total safety.

Île Notre-Dame

5 km Trail| Beginners and intermediates

The double trail runs along the Olympic Basin and then takes the layout of the Bike Link and Route Verte (Green Route) toward the Floralies Garden, where many public art works are on prominent display. The trek then takes skiers toward the starting area, where skiers can redo the loop.

Séances d'initiation

Conseils, astuces et bonnes pratiques vous seront partagés lors des séances gratuites offertes par les experts de Ski de fond Montréal.

27 février au 7 mars 13 h à 14 h 30
  15 h à 16 h 30



Follow the recommendations of the Quebec public health and contact medical resources if you have symptoms related to Covid-19.

Since September 1st 2021

Vaccination Passport not required

In order to participate in the activity, the vaccination passport is not required for persons 13 years of age and over.

Last update : September 2, 2021


The cross-country ski trails are closed for the rest of the season. See you next year!

January 2021
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 2021
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Rental:9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Services:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 2021
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trails:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Rental:9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Services:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed

The last departure will be at 5 p.m.

Trails condition

Île Sainte-Hélène

Condition Poor
Latest trail maintenance March 8

Updated on March 17, 2021 at 6:20 a.m.

Île Notre-Dame

Condition Poor
Latest trail maintenance March 8

Updated on March 17, 2021 at 6:20 a.m.

Trails are maintained mechanically.


  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates.
    • The best way to come to the Parc Jean-Drapeau: active transportation or subway!


Location d'équipement

Complete cross-country ski set
5-17 years $15 / 2 h
5-17 years (Montréal residents) Free *
18 years and over $20 / 2 h
Waxing Not available
  • * Accompanied by an adult user, residents of the Island of Montreal aged 5-17 years are entitled to free equipment rental.
  • Rates include taxes.
  • On-site equipment rental: first come, first served.
  • The last rental is at 4 p.m.
  • The schedule is displayed on the calendar.

Sports equipment rental service offered by Écorécréo.


Located at Aquatic Complex, the boutique will offer a variety of products and accessories that are winter must-haves: toques, gloves, hand-warmers, lip balm, etc. (open during service hours displayed on the calendar)

Warm-up areas

  • The refuge located in the wooded area (accessible every day).
  • The Aquatic Complex (accessible during service hours displayed on the calendar).

Food offer

Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be available.


Toilets located nearby will be accessible at all times.

Learn more

To obtain more details regarding the activity, available services or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact our staff.

Getting to Île Sainte-Hélène cross-country ski trail

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Île Sainte-Hélène cross-country ski trail at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.

Jean-Drapeau Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. To get to the Parc easily and quickly, the subway is still the best way to go!

Subway schedule
STM promotions

River shuttle

During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can use the river shuttle as a means of transportation, from the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Jacques-Cartier pier) and the city of Longueuil.

Users can also bring along their bikes and they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.

Covid-19 - The river shuttle service will not be operational for the 2021 summer season.

Schedule and rates
Location of the landing spot at the Parc

STM shuttle

Two STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions.


During the summer season, the 767 shuttle stops at Jean-Doré Beach and the La Ronde amusement park.


Every day of the year, the 777 shuttle provides fast access to the Casino de Montréal.

Routes and schedules

Bike and BIXI

Several sectors of Parc Jean-Drapeau are part of the Great Trail and the Route verte. The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike.

Furthermore, a network of multiuse trails run along île Sainte-Hélène, providing a link-up to the various access routes to the facilities, installations and services.

From Montréal: take the Lachine Canal bike path, near the Vieux-Port de Montréal, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.

From the South Shore: take the Bike Link or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.


There are many BIXI stations at the Parc during the summer season.


People can enjoy many of the cycling paths to get to or pass through the Parc Jean-Drapeau, either running or walking.

With more than 25 kilometres of trails and pathways, the Parc is a pleasant spot for hiking, all year round.


Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.

Nearby parking areas: P2, P5, P9, P10

Parking passes are available for the P2.

Rates and parking areas

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare (ticket or OPUS card).


September 3 to June 23
Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • The service is not offered on statutory holidays


You need to reserve 45-to-60 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form

Taxibus stops

Métro Jean-Drapeau, Athletes' Quarters, La Ronde, Stewart Museum, Espace Paddock, Pavillon du Canada, Pavillon des Services and Pavillon de la Tunisie.

  • Subway
  • Taxibus
  • STM
  • River
  • Bike
    and BIXI
  • Walking
  • Parking

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