This summer, enjoy nature in the city!

    Discover the summer activities taking place in Montréal's network of
    large parks

    MONTREAL, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Helen Fotopulos, Ville de Montréal
Executive Committee Member, responsible for the environment, parks, green and
blue spaces, Mont-Royal and the status of women, and mayor of the
Arrondissement du Plateau-Mont-Royal, invites the public to discover the new
program of summer activities taking place in Montréal's network of large
parks. As the first warm rays of the sun bathe the city, streams and marshes
come alive, frogs begin croaking, cattails take on a green hue, and insects
buzz about... time to savour the rebirth of spring in Montréal. The 2007
spring-summer-fall calendar of activities is now available at all city service
points and:
    "Montréal is often described as a 'green and blue city.' Its 17 large
parks, some of which offer unique access to the water, form an extraordinary
patchwork that enriches life in Montréal," says Ms. Fotopulos. "This network
provides a series of rallying points where Montrealers can enjoy recreational,
educational, cultural, sports and outdoor activities, and can gather to
celebrate popular summer festivals."

    Something for big and small alike

    Montréal's large parks offer a host of activities for every taste and
every member of the family: from an extensive range of walking and cycling
paths, to well-maintained sports grounds, beaches, nature trails, open-air
theatres, and even an ecological farm. All are invited to enjoy the great
outdoors and have fun - on foot, on a bicycle, on inline roller blades, in a
canoe or a paddleboat...
    Guided walks and educational outings provide a pleasant way to discover
the city's rich historic and natural heritage. Some activities include
storytelling and vigils under the full moon, open-air exhibits and concerts,
creative art workshops, torch-lit evening strolls, popular celebrations of
holiday festivals, and much more.

    A wide variety of available services

    Access to large parks is free and most can be reached by public transit.
Some parks offer rental facilities for outdoor equipment. The program calendar
details practical information for visitors: from travel directions to parking
fees, dates and hours of activities, and any other fees that may apply.
    Thanks to the experience and involvement of partners in developing
activities and services in Montréal's large parks, you can enjoy nature in the
city... at your pace!

For further information:

For further information: Christine Tarpin, Division des communications
sectorielles, (514) 868-5932; Source: Darren Becker, Comité exécutif offices,
(514) 872-6412

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