These are the parks where my toddler lost his mind and scurried about chattering to himself. Also, he wouldn’t leave. Always a sign of a great park!
I tried to put ones from different parts of the city, but there are just some cities/boroughs that “get” toddlers more than others. LaSalle almost always has great toddler areas, and while Pointe-Claire doesn’t have a particular park that is outstanding for little ones, their section for kids ages 2-5 are *mostly* fenced and gated, which a lot of parent’s look for.
Note that the list is in no particular order.
1. la Renaissance Park in Lachine
Amazing play structures for toddlers including a a climber, ground-level activities, musical doodads, fat ponies, and a parent-powered CAROUSEL!
2. Georges-Saint-Pierre Park in CDN-NDG
This park has a large and colourful fenced (but not gated) splash pad, a fenced and gated toddler playground with mini picnic tables and a ton of things to play with/on, and an equally great (but far off) playground for older kids. The toddler area has great shade, ground level activities, and is RIGHT beside the splash pad. If you’re at the Children’s Hospital, the park is just a short drive away.
3. Notre-Dame-de-Grace Park in CDN-NDG
A fenced and gated toddler playground with two easy to climb play structures, and a fenced and gated splash pad right beside.
4. Leroux Park in LaSalle
It’s ridiculous. There’s so much stuff. The entire park, including the big-kid play area AND the wading pool is fenced and gated.
5. LaSalle-Nord Park in LaSalle
It’s just like going to space! Only cheaper and with less puking. Tons to do in this fully fenced and gated park. Ground level activities, rings to crawl through, (low) rope bridges to cross, things to ride in and balance on. Loads of fun.
6. Baldwin Park in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Train, bus, play house, concrete animals, seesaws, music, climbing arch, spring riders, play structure……
7. Jeanne Mance Park in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
New in 2016. I visited this park in the winter before it was even finished, and waited impatiently for it to open. And then…TADA! Playground amazing-ness. Besides the fantastic big-kid area with lots and lots of climbing ropes, there’s a creative and interesting fully fenced and gated toddler play area with some new-to-the-market products, a contour lines sand box (you have to see it), a WATER TABLE!, seesaws, musical instruments and lots more.
8. Philippe-Laheurte Park (part 2) in Saint-Laurent
This is the second playground in a very large, very awesome park. (There’s a link to part 1 in the post)
Besides the fantastic big-kid area, there’s the toddler section with this freaking amazing jeep. As well as some other cool products. But, a JEEP!
9. Noël-Sud Park in Saint-Laurent
There’s a fire engine they can “drive”. You’re never going to leave. Also, lots of other stuff!
10. Harris Park in Saint-Laurent
Pirates! This is a great playground that’s fully fenced and gated AND a fully fenced and gated splash pad just beside.
There are great toddler products with some at ground level. A great park to bring your pirate hats!
11. Norman-Dawe Park in Verdun
This is a really small park, but fairly packed with colourful and fun equipment. There are ground level activity panels, a funky climbing structure where kids can learn colours and shapes, a circle of pods to hop across and spring riders to race. If you get hot there’s a sprinkler thing-y to run through.
12. Luc Durand Park in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie
Brand new in 2016 and ONLY for toddlers, this fully fenced and gated park is amazingly bright and has its own little splash pad right in the centre. It’s also located right next to the Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau so you can make it a whole outing.
13. Lafond Park in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie
This park is just really pretty. Which your toddler won’t care about, but while you’re watching them play on all the bright equipment you can stare at the Big O tower in the distance. There’s also a challenging big-kid playground, and a nearby (small) splash pad and a pretty awesome-looking wading pool.
14. Bélair Park in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
So far this is the only park we’ve visited in this borough, and holy moly was it ever fun. Brand new, it has a “farm” with chickens (!), ponies to ride, great climbing structures and lots of little details all over. Bonus is the fantastic fenced splash pad and nearby big-kid climber.
15. Richard Schwartz Park in Côte-Saint-Luc
This train reminds me of Back To The Future 3, hopefully this train doesn’t take off.
On a rubber base, this playground is bright and colourful and the train theme carries over into the adjoining splash pad. If you’ve got a runner, note that there’s no fencing and it’s fairly close to the road.
16. de la Ferme-Brodie Park in Le Sud-Ouest
Another playground that’s meant only for toddlers, this farm-themed structure with its farmers’ market will get their little minds humming. This park is best for older toddlers as there are no gates and its on a busy street.