Terra Cotta Natural Park

Updated May 2016:  Terra Cotta will be getting a facelift thanks to a grant from CN’s EcoConnexions tree-planting program. You can read the full article from The Montreal Gazette HERE.


So many people I speak with say they’ve never been to Terra Cotta. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on a relaxing and beautiful 40-hectare forest in the centre of Pointe Claire.
This is not a playground, nor is it stroller-friendly (unless you have one of those fancy ones with ginormous shocks and you can carry it up and down stairs without dropping your baby/pacifier/backpack/sippy cup…you get the picture…)
The 6 kms of paths are all very well maintained and most have a fresh layer of cedar chips, making something a bit hardier than flip flops required. For a full map of all the trails, CLICK HERE

This is a popular spot for walkers, joggers, family photo shoots, and dog owners.
***RANT: Practically no one leashes their dog here, which is why my 8-year old is now afraid of dogs after being chased by three unleashed collies with an inattentive owner.
There is a dedicated dog run right ON Terra Cotta Avenue. Apparently it’s not enough.  So for now we still enjoy the trails, but I keep the kids close.

There are a few entrances to the park: Maywood (street parking), Coolbreeze/Windward Crescent (small lot), and Terra Cotta Avenue near the soccer fields (large lot). There are NO facilities here, it’s very much a nature park.  It’s mostly shady, so there can be mosquitos if you stop trotting too long. Water, snacks, and bug repellant will come in mighty handy.
You can spend 30 minutes here, or do the loop in different ways and spend a couple of hours.
Watch for the gorgeous (and huge!) woodpeckers throughout. And there are even owls, though I’ve never seen them myself. 
Each time we visit I have to answer the question “Are there bears here?” every. single. time. The answer depends on their behaviour that particular day and how many coffees I’ve had (or need)   😉

You can read about the history of the park on the city’s website (link above), and why it came to be named Terra Cotta. 
If the kids still have energy, there’s the Terra Cotta Village Playground just to the south which can be accessed by a path near the soccer field parking lot on Terra Cotta Avenue

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Feature
Toddler park (2-5)
Fenced toddler park
Baby swings
Big kid park (5-12)
Big kid swings
Parking lot
Street parking
Shade
Water fountain
Picnic tables
Benches
Seasonal Bathrooms
Green space
Soccer fields
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Basketball
Splash pad
Pool
Reduced mobility swings
Dep nearby

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