For more than 100 years, this stylish urban park, an intricate part of Montréal’s cultural life, has represented the Plateau’s heritage. Surrounded by Victorian buildings, the park is home to immense trees, picturesque spots, works of public art and two ponds connected by a waterfall.
From the first days of spring, the park’s outdoor theatre, the Théâtre de Verdure, offers a free and highly diverse set of performances in music, dance and film. In the winter, the park is used for a number of outdoor activities, including skating on one of its ponds. It is also a gathering point for cyclists. Its two bike paths form the starting point for Québec’s bike network, the Route verte.
La Fontaine Park is a 36-hectare urban park located in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal district. Named in honour of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, features include two linked ponds with a fountain and waterfalls; the Théâtre de Verdure open-air venue; the Calixa-Lavallée cultural centre, a monument to Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, as well as playing fields and tennis courts.
Outdoor swimming pools are a popular attraction during Montreal’s hot summer, followed by outdoor ice skating in winter. A children’s zoo ceased operations in 1989. Bike paths run along the park’s western and northern edges.
Parc Lafontaine is surrounded by Sherbrooke Street on the South, Parc-La Fontaine Avenue on the West, Rachel Street on the North, and Papineau avenue on the East.
How to get there: Google Maps
Categories: Winter activities, Attractions, Sports and outdoor activities, Skating, Theme parks, Park and wildlife reserve, Hiking, Cycling
Card created: 03/2012 (last modified: 04/2016)
GPS coordinates: 45°31'33.01"N, 73°34'13.2"W
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