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Cross-country skiing

Things to do at the Parc Winter activities

At Parc Jean-Drapeau, close to 7 kilometres of trails are marked off and mechanically maintained by our staff. In fact, every morning our staff makes it their duty to ensure the best possible snow conditions for skiers.

Because of the various trails set up at the Parc, athletes, whether they are beginners or well-seasoned, benefit from a tailor-made experience.

It all makes for an outstanding winter activity!

Île Notre-Dame

5 km | Beginner and intermediate

The trail runs along the Olympic Basin and continues on the Route Verte toward the Floralies Gardens' trails, where a wide range of public art works are on display. And lastly, the trek leads skiers toward the start area, where they can redo the loop.

Île Sainte-Hélène

800 m | Beginner and intermediate

The Espace 67 amphitheatre is the host of a loop where skiers can practice cross-country skiing techniques. And the more experienced cross-country enthusiasts can practice skate-skiing techniques on the edge of the trail. There's no better place to fine-tune your skills and boost your cardio at the same time!

River Trail

1 km | Beginner and intermediate

A nice new feature this year is the River Trail, which starts from the river shuttle dock and runs as far as Île Sainte-Hélène's majestic beacon, providing a panoramic view of the river and downtown Montréal. Whether you're a novice or an intermediate, every stride on the trail promises to be an awesome experience.

Tips and advice

An instructor from Ski de fond Montréal will be present on the trail of Île Sainte-Hélène to offer tips and advices to those interested.

The activity is over for the season


Download the map to make the most of your visit at the parc Jean-Drapeau during your winter activities.

Map of winter facilities 1 MB
(French only)


Sunday, July 14, 2024


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

January 2024
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 2024
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Closed
March 2024
  • Closed

The last departure will be at sunset as there is no lighting in several segments of the proposed route. The end time displayed on the calendar is a monthly average provided by Environment Canada.

Trails condition

Trails are maintained mechanically.

Île Notre-Dame

Condition Poor
Maintenance Not available

Updated on March 10, 2024 at 10:10 a.m.

Île Sainte-Hélène

Condition Poor
Maintenance Not available

Updated on March 10, 2024 at 10:10 a.m.

Piste du fleuve

Condition Poor
Maintenance Not available

Updated on March 10, 2024 at 10:10 a.m.




Equipment rental

Our partner Patin Patin offers a wide range of products and accessories for most of the activities taking place at the Parc.

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Hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and meals are offered at the Ste-Hélène Bistro-Terrasse. At the beginning of March, a special sugar shack menu will also be available to add a sweet touch to your visit.

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Warming Refuge

This year, several warming areas located near the activities will be accessible every day:

  • Tent near the ice rinks: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Le Ste-Hélène Bistro-Terrasse: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Outdoor fire pit of the picnic shelter: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Playground's chalet: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pavillon de la Tunisie: 6 a.m. to 20 p.m.

The Aquatic Complex will also be accessible on weekends and public holidays.


Toilets, which are located nearby, are accessible at all times.

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Information Center

The Parc's staff will be at the information centre during the winter season to answer all your questions.

Schedule and details

Learn more

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

150 ans du Parc

This year, Parc Jean-Drapeau is celebrating 150 years of spectacularly human history!

To celebrate this historic moment, the Parc is getting ready to unfurl a festive and diverse program to reflect our rich, exciting history. To everyone's delight, a series of special events and activities will be offered throughout the year, all in an unparalleled setting!


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.

Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station on the Line 4 — Yellow 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!

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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.

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STM shuttle

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

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The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike: simply take the bike paths of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Concorde Bridge or the Bike link.

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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, P10

Rates and parking areas

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare.

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