I don’t know about you, but we’ve been dreaming of the perfect picnic. Imagine biting into a juicy tomato beneath the shade of a century-old tree, before taking out your guitar. Shall we tell you where you can do that? Minibulles went out and investigated (almost) every tree in the city and unearthed only the most perfect specimens for you, to guarantee an ideal picnic.
Mount Royal Park: Obviously, it’s an well-known spot, but are you familiar with the lawn behind the Mount Royal Chalet? It’s surrounded by beautiful trees, including a remarkable 150 year-old Black Cherry Tree whose trunk measures 83cm in diameter. Picnic tables nearby; barbecues permitted
Jarry Park: Find a spot beneath the shade of the Weeping Willows whose branches overhang the lake, as you devour delicacies purchased from nearby Jean Talon market, about a 10 minute walk from the park. Picnic tables available; barbecues permitted
McGill University: You don’t have to be a student to enjoy the McGill campus. Take advantage of the shade beneath the majestic Silver Maples planted on either side of university. The tree situated just north of the statue of James McGill dates back to 1885! Benches beneath the maples; barbecues forbidden
Lafontaine Park: Picnic beneath the shade of a Catalpa, whose white blossoms appear in July, situated near the statue of Félix Leclerc, The enormous heart-shaped leaves of this tree make it easily recognisable. As an added bonus, the Catalpa’s scent is supposedly a natural mosquito repellent! Barbecues permitted
Old-Port: Dine beneath the Austrian Pines that were planted along the pond of the Old Port in 1992, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the city. Their thick, dark green branches will protect you from the sun and the wind as you enjoy watching the boats come and go in complete peace. Benches nearby; barbecues forbidden
So, shall we get that guitar out?