Park of Bois-de-l’Ile-Bizard
Park of Bois-de-l’Ile-Bizard (Parc-nature du Bois-de-l'île-Bizard, a large Montréal’s park with a view on the Two-Mountains Lake, includes sugar maples, cedar groves and marshes, offering a natural decor of exceptional natural wealth. Ile Bizard is an island located at the western tip of Laval and to the northwest of Montreal, above the West Island.
The park is situated in the eastern half of the Ile Bizard. Guests can explore this star-shaped park and its many trails by bicycle or on foot. A stop on the half-kilometre footbridge that spans the large marsh allows visitors to observe beavers, turtles and ducks. Visitors can take the most of warm days by going canoeing or swimming.
In the spring and fall, with binoculars in hand, people observe the migration of the Canada gees, ducks, herons, great-horned owls and other birds along the shore. In winter, you take advantage of the tranquillity of the forest to ski or take a walk.
There are over 27 km of cross country ski trails, 10 of which are accessible for hiking and biking in the summer. The trails travel through nicely forested areas, along the rivers edge and around and over the parks wetlands. A small beach is located here to cool off. The park has a launch point for sea kayaks or canoes The Montral nature parks are open to the public from sunrise to sunset all year round.
To access the park from the 40, take St. Jean or St . Charles Blvd. north to Pierrefond Blvd. Follow Pierrefond Blvd. and watch for the signs for the bridge. Head west (left) on Cherrier then north on Montee de l'Eglise, which intersects Chemin Bord du Lac at it's end, where you head east (right) to the park.
Two access points are available on Chemin Bord du Lac as well as one on Montee de l'Eglise, all of them have parking. The parks main entrance is located on in the northwest sector of the park, on Chemin du Bord-du-Lac. There are a number of buses which will get you to the park. There is a fee for parking.