• Enjoy Montreal’s Shorelines

    Thanks to the STM for permission to reprint this article from their newsletter, http://www.stm.info/en/offers-and-outings/newsletter

    Go for a change of scenery in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

    The 211— Bord-du-Lac bus line is our longest. At its terminus stop in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, you can discover pedestrian pathways along the shoreline and canal locks that will strike a wistful chord with the city-dweller in you.

    You can spend some lovely time there: after leaving Lionel-Groulx station, the 211 bus will take you by Lac Saint-Louis, from Pointe-Claire to the tip of the island. A long excursion that costs almost nothing!

    See the Rivière des Prairies from the Parc de l’Île-de-la-Visitation

    Leave one island for another! View history from a different perspective as you walk within the Sault-au-Récollet historical and heritage site. Woodlands, a museum, animation and fresh air are all gathered together for a beautiful day in the Parc de l’Île-de-la Visitation far, far from traffic noise. The 45 – Papineau bus will take you there, as its terminus stop to the north is nearby. You can catch that bus at Fabre station (Blue line) or from Papineau station (Green line) heading north. Another option would be to board the 69 – Gouin bus from Henri-Bourassa station on the Orange line.

    Up close to the rapids

    Here, you can see the river and hear it! The rapids flow at dizzying speeds, in a frankly refreshing atmosphere. Who knows? You might see large herons in the Parc des Rapides or in the fabulous Migratory Bird Sanctuary in the middle of the mighty river. The 58 – Wellington bus also takes you to the many parks along the river’s edge in Verdun. Catch the bus at either LaSalle or De l’Église métro stations on the Green line and head west.

    Where the ships go by

    With the Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville on the horizon and the channel used by cargo ships to and from the port of Montréal nearby, the Parc Promenade-Bellerive in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve offers a unique view of the river. The long and winding park is also far from traffic and offers many pedestrian pathways. The 185 – Sherbrooke bus has its terminus stop at the edge of the park. The bus line also stops at Pie-IX, Cadillac, Radisson and Honoré-Beaugrand stations, all on the Green line. The 22 – Notre-Dame bus runs alongside the park on rue Notre-Dame. You can board that bus at Assomption station (Green line).

    Image: Promenade Bellerive
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