6 nature destinations

Friday, January 12 2024

6 nature destinations

Immersing yourself in nature is easy, even when you live in the city! Reconnect with your favourite plants and animals at these six destinations accessible by public transit.

  1. Centre de la nature — Laval

    Located on the site of a former quarry and landfill, this 50-hectare urban park is an excellent destination for families and nature lovers. With its farm animals, walking paths, tropical greenhouse, and rides on the little train and pony carousel, it’s the perfect place to spend a fun day with kids.

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  2. Morgan Arboretum — Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

    Did you know the Morgan Arboretum is home to one of the largest varieties of breeding bird species on the Island of Montréal? Take a stroll along the walking paths and observe dozens of bird species, including the barred owl and pileated woodpecker, as well as the park’s other wildlife, such as coyotes and deer!

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  3. Centre de la nature — Mont-Saint-Hilaire

    A calming oasis just a short trip from the city, this 407-hectare protected nature centre is the ideal place to discover astonishing plants and animals on the paths or in the forest. Want to try some local products? Visit the centre’s orchards, vineyards and vegetable producers to sample their specialties.

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  4. Botanical Garden — Montréal

    The  Botanical Garden’s reputation is firmly established as a meeting place for nature lovers in the Montréal region. Discover magnificent Alpine, Chinese, Japanese, and First Nations gardens. Take advantage to relax alongside the pond or explore the numerous greenhouses overflowing with exotic plants from across the world.

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  5. Parc-nature — Île-de-la-Visitation

    Located on the banks of the Rivière des Prairies, this linear park is an excellent place to observe shorebirds in Montréal and enjoy a meal at its popular picnic area! Try to spot the black-crowned night heron, who nests in the park all summer long.

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  6. Parc-nature — Pointe-aux-Prairies

    Located on the eastern tip of the Island of Montréal, this linear park is so big it links the Rivière des Prairies with the St. Lawrence River. With over 12 km of cycling trails, your excursion will take you across Bois-de-l’Héritage, Bois-de-la-Réparation, as well as fields and the wetlands of Rivière des Prairies. Keep your eyes peeled for green herons and white-tailed deer.

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Trains on the Vaudreuil/Hudson line will run on a Sunday schedule on Quebec's National Holiday and on Canada Day, June 24 and July 1st, 2024.