• Nature Trekking on the Island

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

    What if we suggested you take a trip to the great outdoors? This summer, you’d be amazed how far and wide an STM bus can take you!

    By the water’s edge in Lasalle

    The Parc des Rapides is an island of tranquillity surrounded by the raging waters of the Lachine Rapids featuring a migratory bird sanctuary nearby, populated by large herons, among many others. Exit the bus at the Centrale/Cyrenne* stop, head towards the river and walk through beautiful Parc des Rapides. You’ll be surprised by the extent of the change in scenery so close to downtown. Birdwatchers, beginners and experts alike, remember those binoculars!

    *from the 58 – Wellington bus line heading west from De l’Église station
    from the 110 – Centrale bus line heading west from Angrignon station

    A well-kept secret

    The location is described as the best-kept forest on the island of Montréal. The Parc nature du Bois-de-Saraguay(French only) is not only a natural habitat, it is also a heritage site recognized by the Government of Québec, just like Mount Royal. Recently reopened following the development of some 1.5 km of pedestrian pathways, the park is an oasis of lush greenery, where one can find some 260 plant species and some 80 species of birds.

    The 68 – Gouin bus line has a stop near the park’s entrance at 9432 boulevard Gouin.

    “Le Parc Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies” Image © lula, 2010 (http://clicimage.eklablog.com)

    Where big and little rivers meet

    A large, 261-hectare natural woodland awaits you in Rivière-des-Prairies. The Parc nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies(French only) consists of open fields, marshlands, 12-km bicycle trail and countless activities throughout the year. The whole area is so full of surprises and so different from what you expect, you won’t believe you’re on the island of… Montréal! You can easily reach the park by taking the eastbound 186 – Sherbrooke Est bus line from Honoré-Beaugrand station. Exit the bus at the stop at rue Yves-Thériault, and you’ll be only steps away from the Héritage hospitality lodge.

    From Henri-Bourassa station, you can also take the 189 Notre-Dame bus to its terminus stop, and transfer to the eastbound 183 Gouin Est that also has a stop near the Pavillon des Marais.