Okay. The bare and honest truth is that you're probably not heading to Montreal to enjoy the wondrous natural world at its doorstep. If you want big, bad, and extreme, then you'll need to leave the province of Quebec and set out for Alberta, Nova Scotia, and beyond. But if you want some excellent urban parks, as well temperate forests, snowboarding and skiing, hiking and cycling, and plenty more, then your adventures in Montreal will be no disappointment.
The best of what Montreal has to offer is within the city limits, for the collection of parks at your disposal aren't just the usual bit of greenery, frisbee-tossing, and family picnics; at Mount Royal, the views of the city are superlative, and activities on hand include cross-country skiing, toboggan runs, and free ice skating. The best park during the summer months is Jean-Drapeau, where you'll be privy to the city's beach, as well as the Lachine Rapids, a wave area on the short-list of local kayaking and river-surfing locales that also includes those near a unique living complex called Habitat 57. Other parks in Montreal include Parc Maisonneuve, Parc Lafontaine, and Parc Jeanne-Mance. On another note, contemporary winter sports like snowboarding and skateboarding are popular at the Olympic Stadium in the eastern district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
If the wilderness is inviting to you, destinations like La Mauricie National Park, Jacques Cartier National Park, and Mont Megantic National Park all have their fair share of attractions for all seasons. Visit our dedicated pages for more information on any of these parks. Then again, you may just want the best in downhill skiing, and will therefore head to Mont-Tremblant, where the powder brings them in during the winter and the paintballing and zip-lining is itinerary-worthy during the summer-time. Ski Bromont and Mont-St-Sauveur also provide excellent nearby skiing opportunities, while the proximity to New York State also makes a trek into the lauded Adirondacks (the largest park in the US) a very real possibility.
The Montreal-bound should not despair; with the availability of skiing and snowshoe treks in the colder months and the unique offerings of city and national parks in the warmer months, it very well could be an adventure destination that will surprise you.