The 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 most urban of Montréal’s nature parks is easily accessible via public transportation, and offers trails for cross-country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. Trails that wind along the Rivière des Prairies and through the woods are sure to delight outdoor activity lovers. The schedule of wintertime activities is sure to arouse the interest of people who are curious about things to do during the frosty season.
- Hiking trails: 8.5 km
- Cross-country skiing trails: 7.6 km
- Snowshoeing trails: 8.6 km
- Strolls by Starlight
- Nature interpretation
- Visitor centre
- Lookouts (3)
- Classes ($): Fitness and cross-country skiing (kids)
- Equipment rental ($): Cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, flying carpets, ice cleats
- Parking lots ($)
Stroll by Starlight
Saturday, March 9, 6:45 to 9 p.m.
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.
Alcohol consumption on-site
Alcohol consumption is tolerated when it accompanies a picnic.
Cash and credit cards
All welcome centres accept credit cards. However, only cash payments are accepted at the Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques sugar shack.
All the reception chalets are wheelchair accessible.
The trails are maintained from December 15 to March 10.
Outdoor equipment rental
You can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes in certain parks. Some of them also offer sleds, magic carpets, sleighs for children and spikes for safe walking.