Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse

Not a conventional playground but a beautiful, giant nature park in the middle(?), middle-ish of the island. Great for days where you need to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE HOUSE, but don’t want to chase a toddler around a playground.
We parked at the “des champs” parking lot just off of Henri-Bourassa and up Rue Douglas B. Floreani. You can punch 3555 Douglas-B-Floreani into the GPS.
There is a pay parking lot ($7 for two hours or $9 for the day) Check out info here: 
Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse. Many people avoid the fee and just park on the street in front of L’Oreal. 

This is another place I’d never heard of until a couple of years ago when someone mentioned it to me and I was like “WHAT big park??” We were then a family of three and took the bigger one there in the Ergo carrier and wandered around. Beautiful!
This time we had the stroller for the toddler and the big one on his bike so we stuck to the clearly marked flat paths. We walked north through the forest and over bridges to Maison Pitfield near Boulevard Gouin.  There was a summer camp just wrapping up and lots of kids buzzing around. The building here was open for bathrooms and water (the building where we parked was not open on Mondays, but when it is there are bathrooms, and in the winter, fireplaces.)
We had a snack break at one of the many, many picnic tables and then we walked back to the car. You could spend many hours here hiking if you bring a carrier for the harder stroller-unfriendly trails.
I’ll have to go back to see the paths near Sunnybrooke in Dollard and to continue north past Gouin to the river. More adventures to come!

Note: There were 5 million mosquitos chasing us so we biked/strollered reallllly fast at the end. I brought sunscreen, but no bug spray of course. Bad mistake.

There are events going on throughout the year and the park is open in the winter for guided twilight walks, “Les après-midis colorés”, spring break camps, sledding, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing. You can also rent skis, sleds, and snowshoes at the chalet d’accueil des Champs. It’s also one of the training sites for Cardio Plein Air which has the popular Cardio-Poussette. 
Find the summer map of the park HERE. 

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

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