Third largest park in Montreal, her nomination was awarded in honor of Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, who was prime minister of Canada. The site, which was originally a farm, was also used as military practice area before being landscaped by the City of Montreal in 1888. For more than 100 years, this stylish urban park, an intricate part of Montréal’s cultural life, has represented the Plateau’s heritage. Surrounded by Victorian buildings, the park is home to immense trees, picturesque spots, works of public art and two ponds connected by a waterfall.
From the first days of spring, the park’s outdoor theatre, the Théâtre de Verdure, offers a free and highly diverse set of performances in music, dance and film. In the winter, the park is used for a number of outdoor activities, including skating on one of its ponds. It is also a gathering point for cyclists. Its two bike paths form the starting point for Québec’s bike network, the Route verte. Some memorials are in the park, including those of Felix Leclerc, the great composer and performer, writer and poet, Sir L.- H. Lafontaine, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Dante.
Near Sherbrooke street, opposite to Notre-Dame Hospital, is located Place Charles de Gaulle.
Activities: in-line skating, cycling, tennis, nature walks, ice-skating, toboggan, bird-watching.