Ile-de-la-Visitation Nature Park is a true historical gem located along the Des Prairies River, on the north side of the Island of Montreal, about a mile from Henri-Bourassa metro station.
The park abounds in historical sites known as Sault-au-Recollet, such as the site des Moulins (historical industrial site of national importance, built circa 1726), the Pressoir House (circa 1806) and the Meunier House (circa 1727).
The Nature Park de l’Île-de-la-Visitation covers a total expanse of 34 hectares and it's famous for its vast array of aquatic birds and migrating schools of fish. Guests enjoy picnicking, hiking or bike riding here. Besides, they discover the spectacular overflow dam waterfall of the Des Prairies River electric power station.
If you plan to visit the park bring your binoculars which you can use to observe lots of shore birds, among others. Fishing buffs can enjoy their favourite sport in the specially designated areas. In winter, make the most of the toboggan hill and the marked hiking or cross-country ski trails. On the site des Moulins guided tours and theatrical animation are offered and Des Moulins bistro-terrace is a nice place to take a rest.
All the nature parks in Montreal are open to the public from sunrise to sunset all year round. During the winter months, visitors to the Parc Nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation can partake in a list of recreational activities that includes tobogganing, cross-country skiing and hiking.
In Summer time, you can enjoy these forest trails. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
In Winter, guests can paractice ski in the parc. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Bridge to the Visitation Island. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Pedestrian Path. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Faune of the Ile-de-la-Visitation Park. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Ruines of the ancient mills. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Fall in the parc. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com
Nicolas Viel Cross. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com