North America

Montreal, Quebec

A guide to the best places to run in Montreal, Quebec. Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and one of the oldest cities in North America, founded in 1642. The city itself is an island, on the St. Lawrence River, and is framed by Mount Royal. Montreal has a very walkable downtown, filled with great restaurants, bars, and shops. With French as the predominant language, the city has a cosmopolitan flair. There is an excellent metro and bus system, with commuter trains serving the suburbs.

From a running perspective, Montreal is a city of running extremes. It can be either really hilly or really flat. It can be hot, or bitterly cold. But there are some wonderful running opportunities. The city is probably best defined by the Olmsted-designed Mount Royal, which is in the heart of the city and can be accessed from downtown. It is a thrill to run to the “Croix”, the cross at the summit. Other pleasant running is along the Lachine Canal, and also along the St. Lawrence River through Old Montreal and the Old Port. Winter is a defining element in Montreal. Is is among the coldest and snowiest major cities in the world, with temperatures reliably below freezing and snow on the ground from mid-November until late March. Montrealers embrace their severe but beautifully snowy winters, venturing out on X-C skis and yak-traks.

Note: In winter, the trails such as those along the Lachine Canal are not maintained, and are generally not run-able. On Mount Royal, there are enough runners and walkers that the snow gets packed — in fact, running there on a snowy night can be magical.

  • All Routes
  • Iconic Routes
  • Weather & Climate
  • Where To Stay
  • Stores & Group Runs

Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Old Port/Old Montreal

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal has a wonderfully preserved and refurbished old port and old city. There are numerous running options, down to the paths in the Old Port and the “Basin de Horloge”, and passing the famous Notre Dame church.
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Lafontaine Park and Area

Montreal, Quebec

Lovely urban park with fields, statues, paths, and cafes. One can put together a good couple of miles within the parks's paths. For a longer run, the adjoining Plateau neighborhood is fun. Or do a bagel run to Fairmont Bagel!
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Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Montreal has warm to hot summers and very cold winters. Runners will have to plan for a Montreal winter, where the average low temperature in January-February is in the single digits (F) and average annual snowfall is 85 inches with consistent snow/ice on the ground from December to March.

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Montreal is a fairly compact city. Access to good running routes is available from the main downtown hotels. The heart of downtown is between Atwater to the west and Bleury to the east. One can access Mount Royal, Old Montreal, and the Lachine Canal from most downtown hotels.

montreal-hotels

Running Stores

Coin de Coureurs (Running Room). Three downtown locations. Great running store. Group Runs: Ave De Park and Marche Central run clubs Wednesday 6pm and Sunday 8:30am. Place Ville Marie location Wednesday 12pm & 6pm and Sunday 8:30am. Westmount location: Wed. 6:00 p.m. & Sun. 8:30 a.m.  Thanks to Chris for some of his help and advice!

New Balance Montreal

Adidas Store

Boutique Endurance. A great running store in the east end of Montreal that has been in operation for 30 years

Running Clubs

There are two main running clubs in Montreal.

Club Vainqueurs. More on the eastern end of the island.

Boreal Run Club. Serves more the western end of the city. Numerous group runs and some good additional running maps.