The suburbs of Montreal offer really good hiking spots for families with children who like nature and who like to hike. We always like to go to Bois de Liesse for hikes in the western suburbs, mainly because it’s close to home. Lil Chica is now familiar with the spot, and she recognizes the trails from her past few visits. As usual, we play our favourite game ‘hide and seek’ and keep everyone happy with snacks.
**Please note that I used the Trip Advisor link above, because the official site is in French only. Most readers here are anglophone.**
This trail is especially good for those ex-Montrealers who want to stretch their legs before getting onto the 401 autoroute (via the 40) for that long drive back to the Toronto. There are many trail heads and entrances to Bois de Liesse, so here’s the easiest way to get there if you’re on your way back to Toronto:
Take the Autoroute 40 westbound; take the Henri-Bourassa or Highway 13 exit.; then you follow the service road until you get to Sunnybrooke. Take a right onto Sunnybrooke Blvd for a few 100m and park on the roadside across from Rue Saturn. The entrance sign to the park is right in front of you:
It’s shady in the summer, so bring plenty of mosquito repellent. The best hikes for me have been in the spring and fall.
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