Four Seasons Park in Quebec and Ontario

Quebec and Ontario offer various parks and places open year-round or accessible in all seasons. Here are some ideas! These destinations provide a range of outdoor activities and scenic beauty that can be enjoyed every season.
So far, these are my favourites.

Quebec

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Mont-Tremblant offers a variety of activities throughout the year, catering to different interests during each season. Whether you visit Mount Tremblant in spring, summer, fall, or winter, you can enjoy activities and experiences that take advantage of each season’s unique offerings.

  1. Hiking: Explore the trails as the snow melts and nature comes to life.
  2. Spa day: Relax and rejuvenate at one of the luxurious spas.
  3. Mountain biking: Hit the trails as they dry out and become accessible.
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Summer:

  1. Hiking: Take advantage of the extensive trail network with varying difficulty levels.
  2. Water sports: Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding on the lakes and rivers.
  3. Gondola rides: Enjoy stunning views from the gondola to the mountain summit.
  4. Festivals and events: Mount Tremblant hosts various events and festivals during the summer months.
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Fall:

  1. Leaf-peeping: Experience the breathtaking fall foliage with hikes or scenic drives.
  2. Golfing: Play golf amidst the vibrant fall colours.
  3. Fishing: Try your hand at fishing in the lakes and rivers.
  4. Cultural activities: Visit local galleries and museums.
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Winter:

  1. Skiing and snowboarding: Mont Tremblant is renowned for its excellent skiing and snowboarding slopes.
  2. Snowshoeing: Explore the winter wonderland on snowshoes.
  3. Ice skating: Skate on the outdoor rinks in the village.
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Year-round:

  1. Dining and shopping: Explore the restaurants and shops in the pedestrian village.
  2. Zip-lining: Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the forest canopy.

Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal):

Mount Royal is a captivating destination that beckons visitors year-round with its natural beauty and diverse recreational opportunities. Nestled in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, this iconic mountain offers something for everyone, making it an ideal spot to visit anytime. Whether it’s the lush greenery of spring and summer, the vibrant foliage of autumn, or the snow-covered landscape of winter, Mount Royal is always ready to welcome you.


Mount Royal’s lush green spaces offer a wide range of activities, from leisurely strolls and picnics to more adventurous outdoor pursuits. The vast network of trails caters to hikers and joggers of all skill levels, providing panoramic views of the cityscape and St. Lawrence River. Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic routes that wind through the park, while families can unwind in the various playgrounds and open areas. 

 

There’s something for everyone, making it an exciting destination to explore.
Mount Royal transforms into a picturesque canvas of vibrant foliage in autumn, attracting photographers and nature lovers seeking breathtaking views of the changing seasons. The crisp air and peaceful ambiance make it a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life.


Winter brings charm to Mount Royal as the snow-covered landscape becomes a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails offer a thrilling way to explore the snowy terrain while tobogganing hills provide fun for all ages.

 

 The iconic Beaver Lake becomes a magical skating rink where visitors can glide across the ice against the twinkling city lights.
Mount Royal hosts cultural events, festivals, and concerts throughout the year that showcase Montreal’s vibrant arts scene. Whether you’re seeking solitude in nature, outdoor adventures, or cultural experiences, Mount Royal promises a memorable visit whenever you explore its natural wonders..

Montreal Botanical Garden:

Visiting the Montreal Botanical Garden throughout the four seasons can be a delightful experience, as each season brings charm and activities. Each season offers unique experiences, making it a wonderful place to visit year-round.

 

Spring:

  1. Cherry Blossom Festival: Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms, usually in late April or early May.
  2. Tulip Display: Admire the colourful tulip beds throughout the garden.
  3. Guided Tours: Take advantage of guided tours highlighting the blooming flora and seasonal changes.
  4. Photography: Capture the vibrant colours and new growth of spring.
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Summer:

  1. Outdoor Concerts and Events: Check out any outdoor concerts or events held in the garden during summer.
  2. Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in one of the many scenic spots throughout the garden.
  3. Butterfly House: Visit the butterfly exhibit to see a variety of species up close.
  4. Water Features: Relax by the ponds and water features scattered throughout the garden.
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Fall:

  1. Autumn Foliage: Experience the changing colours of the trees and foliage in the garden.
  2. Harvest Displays: See displays featuring fall fruits, pumpkins, and seasonal decorations.
  3. Bird Watching: Look out for migrating birds that pass through the garden during the fall.
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Winter:

  1. Indoor Conservatories: Warm up in tropical and subtropical greenhouses like the Orchid Pavilion.
  2. Christmas Lights: Visit during the holiday season to see the gardens lit with festive lights and decorations.
  3. Botanical Art Exhibitions: Explore indoor botanical art exhibitions on display during winter.
  4. Educational Workshops: Participate in workshops or indoor lectures about gardening or botanical topics.
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General Tips:

  • Visitor Center: Start your visit at the Visitor Center to get maps, event schedules, and any seasonal highlights.
  • Children’s Activities: Check for family-friendly activities and workshops
  • Quiet Areas: Find peaceful spots for meditation or quiet reflection.
  • Photography: Capture the beauty of the garden throughout the year.

Parc Omega

Enjoying Omega Park throughout the four seasons can be a wonderful experience!  Each season offers unique opportunities to experience Omega Park, so whether you’re interested in wildlife, outdoor activities, or simply enjoying nature, there’s something for everyone throughout the year!

 

If you want to feed the deer, they will eat a whole bag if you let them!! Bring your carrots for the deer; it will be cheaper than buying them at the Omega store.

 

Spring:

  1. Wildlife Viewing: Spring is a great time to see animals like deer, elk, and bison with their newborns.
  2. Hiking and Walking Trails: Explore the park’s trails as nature begins to bloom.
  3. Photography: Capture the vibrant colours of spring and the animals in their natural habitats.
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Summer:

  1. Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s designated spots.
  2. Boat Tours: If available, take a boat tour to see wildlife differently.
  3. Animal Feeding Sessions: Some parks offer opportunities to feed certain animals during summer.
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Fall:

  1. Leaf Peeping: Enjoy the changing colours of the foliage.
  2. Seasonal Events: Look for special events like harvest festivals or wildlife demonstrations.
  3. Safari Adventures: Take a safari-style tour to see how animals prepare for winter.
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Winter:

  1. Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing: Many parks offer trails for winter sports.
  2. Winter Wildlife Viewing: See how the animals adapt to the cold weather.
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Indoor Exhibits: Visit indoor exhibits or visitor centers to learn more about the park and its inhabitants.

Ontario

Upper Village

This place is fantastic and full of history.

When you tour Upper Canada Village, you’re not just visiting a place-you’re stepping back in time to the 1860s. The authentic buildings and activities are essential, but the historical interpreters play a crucial role in making history come alive, engaging you in an immersive journey through the past.

No matter the season, Upper Village offers a variety of activities to suit different interests and preferences.

 

Spring:

  1. Hiking: Explore the trails as nature begins to bloom.
  2. Wildlife Viewing: Look for birds and other wildlife that are becoming active after winter.
  3. Picnicking: Enjoy a meal outdoors amidst blossoming flowers and trees.
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Summer:

  1. Swimming: Cool off in nearby lakes or designated swimming areas.
  2. Fishing: Try your luck at catching fish in local streams or lakes.
  3. Camping: Spend a night under the stars in one of the campsites.
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Fall:

  1. Leaf Peeping: Take the vibrant autumn foliage on a scenic drive or hike.
  2. Apple Picking: Visit local orchards for fresh apples and seasonal treats.
  3. Farmers Markets: Explore local farmers markets for fresh produce and crafts.
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Winter:

  1. Skiing/Snowboarding: Hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts or cross-country ski trails.
  2. Ice Skating: Glide across frozen ponds or indoor rinks.
  3. Snowshoeing: Explore snowy trails on foot with snowshoes.
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Year-Round:

  1. Local Dining: Enjoy local cuisine at restaurants and cafes.
  2. Art Galleries: Visit galleries featuring local artists and artisans.
  3. Historic Sites: Learn about the area’s history at museums and landmarks.

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4 Responses

  1. Wow! Super helpful. We have friends who live part-time in Montreal and we always take another week or so on our own when we visit. This will be super helpful. I like how you’ve broken out what to do by season.

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