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Parc Toussaint-Louverture

Not your average gym in the city

Urban

Beginner-friendly

< 2 hours

On a sunny summer afternoon, skip the indoor gym and take your workout outside instead. Whether you’re looking for a place to toss a disc with friends, do some outdoor stretching, or want a new training locale near some sweet green space, Parc Toussaint-Louverture is a fresh-air gym to check out, no gym pass needed.

Parc Toussaint-Louverture

Parc Toussaint-Louverture, Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Take your training outside for a change of scenery

Game on

While Parc Toussaint-Louverture is known for its outdoor fitness equipment (more on that later), it also has a lot of facilities to offer if you can rally a group of friends together to join you. Grab a soccer ball to make use of the well-maintained field, complete with lines and netting on the goal posts. Or, if you prefer high tops over soccer cleats, head to the basketball courts for some half or full court action. There’s also a large open field perfect for a game of flag football or some ultimate frisbee.

Bodyweight exercises

TrekFit seems to have taken Montreal by storm, and Parc Toussaint-Louverture is part of the fun. This outdoor fitness trend is designed to get you moving outside, by using simple equipment like stationary bars that you can use for different exercises and create your own personalized fitness circuits. It boasts a great set of body weight stations for sets of chin-ups, dips, leg raises and more.

Take a look around

After you’ve conquered whatever it is you came to do, cool down with a walk around the park and keep an eye out for the funky sculptures. In the south end of the park is a sculpture garden with a group of polished granite boulders that have the imprints of 30 children’s hands. This installation, named L’étreinte, was produced as a cultural meditation project, drawing inspiration from the residents of Quebec’s first public housing project and the oldest of its kind in Canada.

 

Refresh yourself

Thirsty after your game or workout? Walk four minutes north of the park to find Vue Banh Mi on the corner of Rue Saint-Denis and Boulevard de Maisonneuve E. Grab a signature banh mi sandwich to go or cool down with a bubble tea, smoothie or other cold drink.

 

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