Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park
Situated in a natural setting on the shore of the Two Mountains Lake (Deux Montagnes Lake), this Montreal’s largest park is a real jewel of the Montréal landscape. It is located on the western tip of the Montreal Island, at the junction of the Two Mountains Lake and the Des Prairies River.
The park’s bays are home to many species of animals, including the map turtle, and visitors can observe them in their natural setting. Three quarters of the park is bordered by water. You'll find a variety of programs and facilities here, such as two interesting historic buildings in the park, the Chateau Gohier (circa 1916) and the Maison Brunet (circa 1835). The key outdoor activities in the park are canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and nature observation.
The Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park organic farm welcomes some dozens of thousands of visitors each year.
The farm offers Sugar shack in spring, Sleigh rides in winter Children's parties and events throughout the seasons. It’s open year round, with activities available in all seasons.
The farm is located at 183, Chemin du Cap-Saint-Jacques, in Pierrefonds. Admission is (except for certain festivals). A natural sandy beach is situated by the edge of the Two Mountains Lake. This beach is one of the parks most popular attractions. You can launch a canoe or kayak from beside the beach or the boat launch beside the park's office. There are a number of bays, particularly on the parks west side (beach launch) to offer some protection (but not from those west winds) and provide a little more interest. When the wind is up a sea kayak will serve you far better than a canoe. This is an excellent park for cycling; the trails are wide and have hard packed surfaces (hybrids are recommended) making for easy peddling. The park is good area for nature observation, with many nesting bird species.
The Cap-Saint-Jacques Park has 26 km of hiking trails, suitable for novices, having no real climbs along their route. Bikes will pass through mixed forest and fields, as well as swampy areas in the centre of the park. In the winter there are 5.5 km of trails open to snow hikers and 32 km of trails for country skiing, with loops through out the park and a number of interconnections, so you don't have to retrace you tracks.
The trails are suitable for novices and beyond. Dogs are permitted on a leash. To get to the Cap-Saint-Jacques Park from the Trans Canada west, take the Ste-Marie exit west of St-Charles and head west to the tiny mall, where you head north (turn right) on L'Anse-a-L'Orme.
At the "T" intersection at the end, head east (turn right) and continue for a short distance to the park's main entrance.
Address of the park: Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park 20099 Gouin Blvd. West (Pierrefond) Montreal