As I explained in my last post, I was in Montreal for several days recently. One of the nicest things about my former city is Summit Park in Westmount. Sitting at the very top of the mountain, this wooded area has been left largely untouched, except for the paths that wander through the woods. The great thing about those paths is that they are open not only to people, but to dogs.
I walked up to the park early one morning to catch the action. Dogs are allowed all day, but they are free to run off leash before 9 am and after 6 pm. Yes!
Many people walk their dogs here before and after work. It gives the dogs a chance to blow off steam, and the owners enjoy the wooded paths – even in the weak watery light of November.
Dog waste receptacles and even bags are thoughtfully provided. The fine for not picking up after your dog is stiff: $300. I did not encounter any dog waste, so the incentives – and deterrents- must be effective.
I will leave you with the famous shrine, St. Joseph’s Oratory, which looms beyond the trees on the north side of the park.