Setting foot in Île-de-la-Visitation nature park is like taking a 300-year leap into Montréal’s past. The river’s power, as well as ruins of an old mill and apple press, give a glimpse into the daily work of those who built this community back in the days of the French regime.
With its string of marshes, the Pointe-aux-Prairies nature park is a favourite of bird watchers. Visitors are delighted by frequent sightings of green herons, great horned owls—and sometimes, even long-eared owls. Located at the junction of the St. Lawrence and Rivière-des-Prairies rivers, the site contains a series of fascinating ecosystems to discover.
If trees could talk, the ancient forest of the Bois-de-Liesse nature park would have lots to say. Naturalists are consistently amazed by this rich ecosystem of wildflowers and aquatic fauna. In winter, cross country skiers and snow shoers wander its wonderland in total serenity and quiet.
Frogs, turtles, ducks and muskrats are among the denizens of Bois-de-l’île-Bizard nature park. Its broad, intricate mosaic of flora and fauna gives visitors a chance to visit marsh and swampland, plus maple and cedar forests, followed by an amazing lookout over Lac des Deux Montagnes.
With its natural sandy beach, Cap Saint-Jacques nature park is an oasis of fresh air and highly popular among beachgoers. Its natural farm gives young and older a look into the world of organic farming, while observing animals in the farm environment. Then, when spring rolls around, the park hosts sugar shack festivities for the sweet tooth in us all.
Anse-à-l’Orme is linear park facing the stiff breezes blowing off Lac des Deux Montagnes and common ground for surfboarders and windsurfers.
Montréal’s nature parks stand out for their wide-ranging natural beauty, superior infrastructure and year-round educational, cultural, athletic and historical activities.