(Updated May 2017) Ok, here we go. These are in no particular order, and I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, and probably will as we see more parks 😉
There are lots of parks that we like, but these ones stick out for us.
*This started as a Top Ten and I couldn’t stop!
1. Jeanne Mance Park in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Brand new with a TON of interesting playground equipment that’s great for big kids and toddlers. A working water table, creative climbers, rope obstacle course, and right next door is a wading pool.
2. Quai-de-la-Tortue Park in Verdun
Electronic modules and a cool splash pad!
3. Richard Shwartz Park in Côte Saint-Luc
A large train-themed play structure, rubber base playground, splash pad AND an outdoor gym.
4. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc
This brand new funky and cool playground is great for toddlers AND older kids. Play in the nearby splash pad, walk through the impressive sculpture garden, or rent a pedal boat!
5. Parc du Bassin-à-Gravier in Le Sud Ouest (Griffintown)
Brand new, with an industrial modern design and an amazing view of downtown Montreal.
An impressive splash pad and not one, but TWO reallllllllly great playgrounds for both little and big kids. If you’re looking for some unique play equipment, you’ll find it here.
7. Villeneuve Park in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Another brand new, completely renovated park. This one is very different than most parks in that almost all of the equipment is made using wood and ropes. Watch your kids’ imaginations go wild!
8. L’Aquaciel Splash Pad (and park) in Lasalle
Because OMG. While the splash pad itself is freaking amazing, the two play areas are also funky and fun. And everything is all together in one giant fenced-in area.
9. la Renaissance Park in Lachine
‘Cause it’s Just. So. Cute. And the only park where we’ve seen the little carrousel of horses.
10. Nathan Shuster Park in Côte Saint-Luc
Newly renovated with a real zipline, forest-themed equipment and a rope obstacle course. Really unique and interesting.
This park has a permanent spot in our favourites, and after over 500 playgrounds, is still #1 with my eight-year old.
11. Morgan Park in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Built in 2015 with great playgrounds for both big kids and toddlers, an outdoor gym for adults, and a FANTASTIC and unique splash pad. A stream? Oh ya!
12. Bélair Park in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
This park was completely redone in 2015 and features adorable farm-themed climbers, a challenging play structure for older kids, as well as a colourful splash pad.
13. Maynard-Ferguson Park in Verdun (Nun’s Island)
Because it’s got pretty much everything including a creative playground, splash pad, and near the water and walking paths is an outdoor adult gym with a great view of the river.
14. Beach of the Regional Park of the Saint-Timothée Islands in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Walking trails, beautiful beach, a deserted island, and an immense accessible playground. This is a must-see during the summer.
15. des Éperviers Park in NDIP
The city went all out in creating a park for everyone. A spot for teens, outdoor exercise stations, tennis, basketball, splash pad, great play equipment and more.
16. des Royaux Park in Ville-Marie
A completely renovated park (in 2016) just east of downtown Montreal, the playground here is on a poured-in-place rubber base, with great toddler and big-kid equipment. There’s also a splash pad, skate park, dog run, and one of our favourite products: the Expression parent-child swing.
17. Wilfrid-Bastien Park in Saint-Léonard
I think of this park and Def Leppard’s “Rocket” immediately comes to mind. With an out-of-this-world playground, splash pad, skate park, lake, and outdoor gym; this park is pretty awesome. Also, afterwards we found a great Italian resto nearby for some stellar coffee.
18. LaSalle Park in Lachine
This park is also on our “favourite splash pads” list, because it’s AMAZING. Like really, skip the summer vacation down south and just hang our here, for FREE. But the park as a whole is also great, with two big playgrounds for little and big kids, tennis, baseball, skateboarding, paths to walk and more.
19. Dr Bernard Paquet in Saint-Laurent
Another brand new playground on the list. This large park has all new playground equipment including the Expression parent-child swing, bee “hives”, and some crazy-cool slides. With everything close together, it’s a great park if you have kids of different ages. After you play walk along the paths and wave hi to the ducks in the picturesque pond.
20. Delpha-Sauvé Park in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
So far we’ve only been to two parks in Valleyfield, and they’re BOTH on this list. Delpha-Sauvé stands out because of its beautiful waterfront setting in an immense park, and also because it has one of the only play structures which is truly wheelchair-accessible. This coming summer we’ll be back to try out the impressive-looking outdoor aquatic centre and splash pad.