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Cross-country skiing

Things to do at the Parc Winter activities

At Parc Jean-Drapeau, close to 8 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

Introductory trail

300 m | Beginner

The trail, located near the equipment rental centre, is the perfect spot for cross-country skiing first-timers. The wooded flatland on Île Sainte-Hélène provides an ideal place to ease your way into this sliding sport.

Practice trail

800 m | Beginner and intermediate

The Espace 67 amphitheatre is the host of a loop where the Ski de fond Montréal organization will be giving free clinics to master the various 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!

Tips and advice

An expert from Ski de fond Montréal will be present on the trails of Île Sainte-Hélène to offer tips and advice to those interested.


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

January 2022
  • 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 2022
  • 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.
March 2022
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trails:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Rental:10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Closed


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


Changing room

Located at the pavillon de la Tunisie, the heated changing room is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and allows skiers of the Île Notre-Dame trail to put on their equipment.


Equipment rental

Rental of cross-country skis is available on site.

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

Schedule and rates


Hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and meals are offered at the Ste-Hélène Bistro-Terrasse.

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Don't forget to use our compost bins for your food scraps!


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

Schedule, geolocation and more

Information Center

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

Schedule and details


A sustainable and responsible outdoors

Discover the outdoor ethics principles that allow healthy co-existence between the natural areas and activities.

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


Map of facilities

To make the most of your visit at the parc Jean-Drapeau during your winter activities, download the map in PDF format.

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!

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.

STM shuttle

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

To find out about STM shuttle routes and schedules, click here.


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.


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.

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 30 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form

Taxibus stops

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

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

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