Oka Park is arguably one of Montreal’s most popular summer destinations, all thanks to Oka Beach. Well, when winter comes, the water freezes (science!), making it a sight not to be missed.
Not only can you snap a few photos for your Instagram feed, but you can also take part in a handful of winter sports on offer throughout the season. Parc d’Oka can be explored on foot – visitors can enjoy 20 km of trails, one of which takes you along the lake. This gives you plenty of time to soak up all the terrain has to offer, including Oka’s stunning ice sculptures.
If winter hiking isn’t your thing, Parc d’Oka also offers 6 ski trails spanning over 35 km for all your cross-country skiing needs. Equipment rental is available at the Le Littoral Visitors Center for $30 for adults and completely free for young people 17 and under. Ski reservations must be made by phone (1-800-665-6527) or online, 24 hours in advance.
Snowshoeing, sledding and fatbikes are also available for hire and are a great way to explore the park. Snowshoes can be rented 24 hours in advance and cost $18.25 for adults and are free for children. Scooters can also be rented on site for $9.50/hr or $19.00 for 4 hours.
The fatbikes, equipped with oversized tires for easier snow traction, can be rented 24 hours in advance for $21.75/hr, $43.50 for 4 hours, or $62.50 for the whole day.
Oka Park also allows you to bring your dogs to specific areas, making it the perfect place for a dog day trip!
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and winter activities run through March 31, 2022 (weather permitting). It is important to note that Parc national d’Oka requires entrance and parking fees. Visitors 18 and older pay a daily access fee of $9.00, while children enter free. Parking is $8.91 per car for the whole day.
Oka National Park
Price: $9.00 park access fee / $8.91 for parking / Activity and rental fees can be found here.
Address: 2020 Oka Road, Oka, QC.
When: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 31, 2022 (weather permitting).
Why you need to go: Embark on a short day trip to beautiful Oka Park where you can enjoy a plethora of winter activities including cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing, and/or bask in the magnificent views of their frozen beach and ice. sculptures.
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