The territory of the Agglomération de Longueuil boasts over 300 parks that outdoor enthusiasts can discover along the territory's 235 km of bicycle paths. In addition to the two national parks, you can access three major parks that are nature conservation sites and where you can enjoy your favourite activities: cycling, hiking and wildlife watching.
During the summer season, activities for the whole family and outdoor concerts are held throughout Longueuil and include such huge events as the Fête nationale and Canada Day.
For more information on the many things to do as see, consult the schedule of events! Please note that most activities are in French.
The agglomeration's two national parks
Îles-de-Boucherville national park (Sépaq) is located on a group of islands in the St. Lawrence river. This natural conservation site is developed for hiking, nature watching, cycling, sea kayaking, canoeing and golf. The park also offers numerous nature interpretation activities, in addition to a prized collection of archaeological artefacts. The site can be accessed by Autoroute 25 (exit 1), by ferry from Vieux-Longueuil and Île Charron, and via Promenade Bellerive in Montreal.
Mont-Saint-Bruno national park (Sépaq) is a nature conservation and interpretation site where you can enjoy hiking, skiing and nature observation. An orchard and the Gabrélis arboretum - a luxuriant wooded area - are also part of the park's highlights. The park is accessible by Autoroute 20 (exits 98 or 102) and by Autoroute 30 (exit 121).
Website: Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno
Longueuil's major parks
Longueuil's parc Michel-Chartrand (formerly parc régional de Longueuil) extends over an area of 1,850,000 m². Designed for nature conservation and outdoor activities, this park is exquisitely developed for cycling, hiking and cross-country skiing. It also includes a skating rink and a toboggan hill for the winter, and a marsh for wildlife and flora nature observation.
In addition to the summer schedule of activities and the many events held around the three lakes and the welcome pavilion, outdoor concerts are presented every Sunday morning during Summer.
Parc de la Cité, 96 hectares in area, includes a large central space with a lake and several picnic areas. Surrounded by woods, bogs and hills, it can be discovered in any season. In summer one can go cycling, hiking (8 km of trails), roller-blading and water activities. It also hosts large gatherings such as the Fête nationale, the Lac en fête, or concerts, films and entertainment for the entire family.
In winter you can slide, or skate on the lake. In addition, cultural activities are held regularly at the reception pavilion. Bike, pedal boats, ice skates and inline skates rental and catering are also available.
Parc Marie-Victorin, a vast linear park running between the highway and the river, offers many amenities including a bicycle path, picnic areas, and wildlife and flora observation sites in the Pointe du Marigot area. Several footbridges provide access to the Vieux-Longueuil heritage site, while a river shuttle will take you to Old Montreal and a ferry to Île Charron.
This magnificent riverside green area also borders the Réal-Bouvier marina, which is equipped with a transition area for motor vehicles along the river.
You will also notice several sculptures that were created in June 1995 as part of the “Terre gravide… émergence” symposium that brought together seven female sculptors. The event was organized to underscore the 20th anniversary of the International Women's Year.
Parc St. Mark in Vieux-Longueuil is a favourite gathering place for Longueuil residents since it is the local venue for numerous celebrations and shows.
Each summer, the Société de développement des arts et de la culture (SODAC) line up a series of performances (see the schedule of events). Bring your chair!
Ville de Longueuil's recreational network allows you to discover the city and its boroughs along kilometres and kilometres of bicycle paths. The network also links up to the Old Port of Montreal and Promenade Bellerive by river shuttle; and to Île Charron and Îles-de-Boucherville national park by ferry. Click here for schedules.
From Montreal, the recreational network can be accessed by the Champlain bridge estacade, and by the Saint-Lambert locks footbridge via Île Notre-Dame (Jean-Drapeau park). In addition to the local recreational network, two other major cycling paths run through neighbouring municipalities. The Riveraine runs along the river from Ville Sainte-Catherine to Varennes, and through Longueuil. Montée du Fort Chambly begins in Longueuil, more specifically in the borough of Vieux-Longueuil, and ends in Chambly. This path also corresponds to section 1 of the Route verte that connects Longueuil to the Montérégie, and the Montérégie to the rest of the province.
Map of bicycle paths:
- Ville de Longueuil bicycle network map
- From Tourisme Montérégie :
The Route verte is the most extensive bicycle trail system in North America, with over 3,600 km of trails criss-crossing Quebec's most beautiful regions. Within its own recreational network, Longueuil boasts 24.8 km of bicycle trails. With the Parcours des Anses in Lévis, the Véloroute des Bleuets in Lac-Saint-Jean, the Berri Street bicycle path in Montreal or the Estriade in the Eastern Townships, you will be charmed by the Route verte… your cycling passport to Quebec!
Website: Route verte
Parcours du Cerf
Located at 2500 Fernand-Lafontaine Boulevard, the Parcours du Cerf (36 holes) is a prestigious municipal golf course open to golfers of all categories. Discovering this exceptional haven of greenery is a pleasure in itself.
The course's architects drew on Scottish golf course designs to offer both professionals and amateurs a challenge commensurate with their level of play.
For additional information, visit the Parcours du Cerf website.
Golf des Îles, Île Charron (Îles-de-Boucherville national park)
This public golf course offers avid golfers 18 holes, par 70 (6,100 yards). Come and enjoy a fine day at Golf des Îles where you'll find a full range of services and amenities to make your day a very pleasant outing: bar, restaurant, chalet, showers, lockers, pro shop, and equipment rental. The course is open from May to November. (Source: Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville)
Website: Golf des Îles