1. Nathan Shuster Park in Côte-Saint-Luc
600 parks later, this park is still my 9-year olds favourite! Great for toddlers AND big kids (though it’s a bit spread out), what sets this park apart is the amazing zipline and the rope and stone obstacle course. It’s also the only playground to get its own StrollerParking video (usually reserved for splash pads 😉 )
2. Morgan Park in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
I had TWO big-kids with me on this trip and they LOVED this entirely renovated park. The climbing structure is amazing, there’s place to run around, and the splash pad with its meandering RIVER made it into our “Favourite Splash Pads“. There’s also a great toddler area but everything is quite far apart.
3. Quai-de-la-Tortue Park in Verdun
This park was a HUGE hit. It’s totally unique in that the play structure is ELECTRONIC. Once you figure out the games, you’ll work up a sweat! Bonus: A great toddler area just beside, a really cool splash pad down the colourful path, and a fantastic view of the river. Bring along your skateboards or bikes and you can also go for miles down the walking/bike paths all along the water.
4. du Vaisseau-d’Or Park in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
This is a pretty intricate climber, with a frightening spider-looking dude just beside. Add in a cool pirate-ship themed splash pad and it makes for one great park.
5. Georges-Saint-Pierre Park in CDN-NDG
This park is also on our “Favourites Parks for Toddlers” list AND has a great splash pad. Though the two playgrounds aren’t within sight of each other, it’s worth packing up and visiting the big-kid section because this climber is immense! Also, we love bridges.
6. Loyola Park in CDN-NDG
It’s not super tall or scary, but the big-kid section of this park has a ton to climb on and through, lots of swings and things to balance on. Bonus: A large toddler area that older kids will also enjoy, and a large and colourful splash pad (though it’s on the other side of the park)
7. Jeanne-Mance Park in Le Plateau-Mont Royal
Also on our “Favourites Parks for Toddlers” list, the large big-kid area here is FULL of ropes. Ropes to climb, swing from, and cross. There’s also a load of swings, and some funky items like a rope saucer swing and musical instruments! Bonus: Lots of room to run around, the great toddler area, and a wading pool. During the summer there are also food trucks across the street!
8. Mount Royal (Salamander) Park in Ville-Marie
This park was quite a surprise.
First, because I’d never heard of it in almost 40 (gulp) years of living in Montreal, and second because it was unexpectedly modern and funky. This playground has giant boulders to climb, weird balance things to figure out, a great rope climber, and even a small splash pad. Add in an immense Mount Royal Park with tons of summer and winter activities and it’s a great spot for the whole family to spend the day.
9. Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix Park in Ahuntsic-Cartierville
This brand new playground has a great play structure, a massive cable climber, and a whole section for kids 13 and over! Cool.
10. Philippe-Laheurte Park (part 2) in Saint-Laurent
Another park that’s also on our “Favourites Parks for Toddlers” list! The tower at this park is petrifying (to me), making it a win for older kids!
11. Gohier Park in Saint-Laurent
Another great ropes course, always a hit with my big-kid.
12. Delpha-Sauvé Park in Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield
It’s a 2-storey pirate ship! And while that would be enough, plan to spend the day at this park. The adjoining pool looks phenomenal, and there’s also a separate splash pad, fields to run through, and hills to roll down. Also, the view is gorgeous.
13. Godin Park in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
The park is very small, the climber is very tall. Now I’m laughing at my witty rhyme.
14. Windsor Park in Dorval
Honestly, the rest of this park is pretty blah, but there’s a brand new ZIPLINE that makes up for that.
15. J.D.-Ducharme Park in LaSalle
This entire park was ridiculous with a million-and-one things to play on and an elaborate big-kid climber. Bonus: A small splash pad nearby.
Honourable Mention: Memorial Park in Stowe, Vermont
It’s a bit of a drive, but if you’re in the Stowe area, you MUST play at this park. I cried, for real. It’s like the house in The Swiss Family Robinson movie.