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Bois de l’Île Bizard
OTHER NEARBY PARKS AND PARK-LIKE SPOTSBotanical Garden
Îles de Boucherville
NOT YET PARKSBois d'Anjou
Bois de Saraguay
Bois de la Roche
Montreal has many delightful parks of varying character, and every neighbourhood has its favourite summer refuges, its picnic spots, its oases of green in the urban fabric in addition to the major city parks that draw people from far and wide to indulge in their pleasures.
But Montreal is also a large island among an archipelago of other islands. Its waterfront affords numerous park settings and some of the smaller islands have parks or are parks in their entirety.
In addition to the major city parks, there are nature parks which preserve waterfront, marsh, meadow and forest ecosystems so that animals and birds are afforded some sanctuary in the urban area. From the smallest, Île-de-la-Visitation, to the wide expanse of Cap Saint-Jacques, all can provide a refreshing change of scene from the city in a matter of minutes.
Each of the parks listed at left has its own charms and its own features, some have particular means of access and some have seasonal events and attractions.
Most parks also have a whole different character and set of activities in wintertime.
The city has information on regulations for the use of parks chiefly focused on conserving their natural setting.
Note: I’m using the slightly skewed Montreal convention for geographical directions, something that can puzzle visitors. The street grid is laid out relative to the old St. Lawrence River waterfront so Montreal “north” is actually northwest, or close to it.
1 hectare = 2.471 acres.
Text and photos: Kate McDonnell, except where otherwise noted