Anse-a-l'Orme Nature Park
The linear Anse-a-l'Orme Nature Park is located at the western tip of the island of Montréal opposite the Two Mountains (Deux Montagnes) Lake. The park offers a breathtaking landscape and covers a vast area of more than 200 hectares. In fact, this distant from Montreal’s downtown park an excellent spot for windsurfers to catch the prevailing westerly winds. It really worth a visit.
A small river runs north from the TransCanada highway just east of Cap-St-Jacques to empty into the Two-Mountains Lake on the north shore in a sheltered bay with the Cap St-Jacques Park to the west and millionaire houses to the east.
At the southern end of the bay are extensive reed beds that hold Herons all year and attract flocks of ducks in spring and fall migration, especially early morning and at sunset.
Osprey are often seen overhead and in a good mosquito hatch you will even stand a good chance here, well as good as anywhere these days, of seeing Nighthawks.
The inland portion of the park is long and narrow with protected mostly wooded land beside the stream and a road paralleling it. Because of the vegetation, access is limited to this portion, but slow drivers and cyclists will be able to see many rare birds in season as they pass through.
The main part of the park is the part on the lakeshore where there is plenty of parking and plenty more summertime family groups. The park has a picnic area, where barbecue is permitted, outdoor showers and two boat launching ramps for sailboards and light craft. Summer activities here include bird watching, picnicking, sail boarding light craft and dinghies. Anse-a-l'Orme Nature Park, as all Montreal’s nature parks is open to the public from sunrise to sunset all year round.
To get to the Anse-a-l'Orme Nature Park:
Boulevard Gouin Ouest - chemin de l'Anse-a-l'Orme Montréal
To contact its administration: 514 280-6784