Around the island
Unparalleled family destinations, Montréal’s nature parks offer a wealth of outdoor pursuits winter and summer alike. Among the most popular are Cap-Saint-Jacques and Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard to the west and Pointe-aux-Prairies to the east. Equally worthy of a visit is Île-de-la-Visitation, across from the old quarter of Sault-au-Récollet: a setting dominated by the steeple of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the city.
The island of Montréal boasts an immense bike path network that extends over 560 km (350 mi.). Without a doubt, the two all-time favourite sections are along the Lachine Canal to the Old Port, and the St. Lawrence waterfront path with its spectacular views of the Lachine rapids. The self-serve Bixi bike system, in turn, is increasingly popular as people discover this affordable, practical and enjoyable way of getting round the city.
Lachine, a district to the southwest of Montréal, holds a number of little-known gems: its old canal (1825), home to the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site; its museum partly housed in a 17th-century building; and its sculpture park. On warm summer nights, strollers and sailors alike enjoy the lively restaurants and cafés along the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue locks, a glorious setting between the two lakes of Deux-Montagnes and Saint-Louis.