Nothing says “summer” like a picnic among friends. Sunshine, warm weather, good times, and a great meal, surrounded by the perfect backdrop. What more could you ask for?
Here are some pro tips for planning a picnic around Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa
There’s an art to building the perfect picnic basket! (We’re exaggerating a bit, but the right combination of incredible food can really elevate the experience). It’s all about striking the perfect balance. Consider including a few items from each of these categories:
Your basket is packed. So, where to? There’s no shortage of parks around town! Aside from the two classics, Mount Royal and Lafontaine, we have a few more favourites to share.
Designed in a similar style to New York’s Central Park, Westmount is the second-largest park in Montreal. Spread out over 10.6 rolling hectares, this space is home to mature willow trees, a meandering stream, a pond, playgrounds, and several shaded areas. That’s not to mention the iconic Victoria Hall, a neo-Tudor style building that features a gorgeous greenhouse and art gallery.
This 13.5km national park smack in the middle of town needs no introduction! It’s the ideal spot to enjoy summer by the water. Pair your picnic with a ride along its gorgeous bike path to scope out the perfect spot to throw down a blanket against a backdrop of boats making their way through the canal’s locks.
As part of the Central Experimental Farm, a 400-hectare project surrounded by urban development, the arboretum is a historic site that’s been dazzling visitors for centuries! Here, you’ll find a research farm, an ornamental garden, and an arboretum bordering a lake that’s home to 2,000 species of trees – some of which were planted in 1889!
Nestled on the banks of the Rideau River, this park features hiking trails, a waterfall, a dam, and plenty of prime spots to have a bite. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river.
Located just 15 minutes away from the city by car, Île d’Orléans is hard to beat for a gorgeous day of picnicking. There’s no shortage of breathtaking spots in the 6 villages that make up the island. We suggest setting up at Orléans beach, in the neoclassical 19th-century village of Saint-Jean, or at the maritime park. You’ll be totally immersed in nature, the river, and picturesque landscapes while enjoying a bite.
With a show-stopping view of the river, this park is designed for relaxing moments surrounded by nature. Walking trails, gardens, an arboretum, a sugar shack, historic architecture, and a lookout will make this picnic one to remember.
Wishing you an amazing summer full of nature and great meals among friends!
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