Montreal has numerous nature parks, but the Ile de la Visitation Nature Park has the added bonus of being easy to access by public transit. If you are a nature lover or could use a nice break from exploring the busier parts of the Montreal, you will be sure to enjoy exploring this very picturesque park.
The 84 acre heritage park is located on the Ile de la Visitation in the Riviere de Prairies and was created in 1984 as part of a reclaimation of land that was used by the Riviere des Prairies Power Station.
Within the park you can enjoy walking, cycling or, in the winter, cross country skiing or snowshoeing along the many paths and small bridges that follow the shoreline and also meander through the forests of Maple, Poplar and Willow trees. There is also more parkland and walking paths located along the adjacent Montreal Island side of the river. A total of three bridges connect Ile de la Visitation with Montreal Island. You can check out the interesting historical ruins of the old flour mill and visit the museum in the restored Maison du Meunier, an old mill house, where you will learn more about the fascinating history of the island. While you are there, stop and enjoy a light meal or a coffee or tea while enjoying a view of the river from the bistro's terrace. If you prefer a picnic, there are plenty of picnic tables in the adjacent park.
If you keep you eyes open you will see quite a variety of wildlife, especially birds including waterfowl, herons, and seagulls. The Ile de la Visitation Nature Park is an interesting and relaxing place to visit and well worth the effort to get there.
Facts For Your Visit
Fee: No except for some programs, exhibitions and guided walking tours offered by the Museum. See their website from the link below for more information.
Hours: Mon-Sun 24/7 except for Museum and Bistro
Address: 10897 rue du Pont, , Montreal, Quebec
Official Website: Ile de la Visitation
Accommodations near Ile de la Visitation:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Orange||Station Henri Bourassa||Bus + 8 Minutes|
How to get to Ile de la Visitation by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Station Henri Bourassa and take the exit to the bus loop. Board the next bus #69-E at stop #50303 in the bus loop right next to the Metro Station and take it to Henri-Bourassa Boulevard at Rue de Saint Firmin. Cross the boulevard and walk northwest up Rue de Saint Firmin to Boulevard Gouin East and go right; then go left at the next corner (Rue de Pont) and continue across the bridge into the park. (About 10 minutes on the bus plus 8 minutes walking).
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