Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la Visitation is steeped in close to 300 years of history. Its location on the shores of the Rivière des Prairies was once home to Canada’s first industrial site! The old windmill, apple press and vestiges of the industrial past of this heritage site, dating back to the French regime, are open to the public.*
Scenic lookouts provide breathtaking views of the river. Discrete and inviting, this nature park offers a network of paths ideal for strolling and observing species of shore birds.
* The Maison du Meunier, which was closed for major consolidation, restoration and redevelopment work, is now accessible to the public again.
- 8.8 km of hiking trails
- 3.6 km of bike paths
- Heritage site and museum
- History activities
- Astronomy-related activities
- Fitness activities ($)
- Nature interpretation
- Fishing (in designated areas)
- Coffee, dining room and patio
- Visitor centre
- Picnic areas
- Lookouts and viewing spots
- Parking lots ($)
- Headphones (self-guided tour)
- Room and outdoor site rental
Fungi Are Mushrooms
Saturday October 5, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Meet at the welcome centre
2425, boulevard Gouin Est, Montréal (Québec), H2B 1X7514-280-6733
Take Autoroute 40 and get off at exit 73, Rue Papineau eastbound, or take exit 75, Boulevard Saint-Michel westbound, then drive north to Boulevard Henri-Bourassa.
From Rue Papineau, turn right and from Boulevard Saint-Michel, turn left and continue to Rue de Lille, then north to Boulevard Gouin. Turn right onto Boulevard Gouin. The entrance to the parking lot is on the left.
by public transit
From the Henri-Bourassa metro station, take the 69 bus eastbound and get off at Rue de Lille. Walk to Boulevard Gouin, turn right, and keep walking until you reach the entrance to the park.
access to nature parks is free
$9 per day and $7 for two hours. Places are limited. Annual permit available ($60 for residents, $80 for non-residents)
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The nature parks do not offer restaurant services, but some reception chalets have food vending machines. Bring your picnic
Visitors may bring their own barbecues. However, their use is limited to clearly marked areas, and coals must be disposed of in designated containers.
Alcohol consumption on-site
Alcohol consumption is tolerated when it accompanies a picnic.
Cash and credit card
All reception chalets accept credit cards.
However, only cash is accepted at the sugar shack in parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques.
All the reception chalets are wheelchair accessible.