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Canal Lachine

Cycling by the River

Practical guide
Published on
June 19, 2018
A sunny day becomes even more pleasant when you go cycling with friends or family on a tandem bike, solo or on one from the Bixi bike sharing system. (It’s even better with the wind at your back!)

With 119 km of bike paths hugging the shoreline around the island, you can design a flexible route as far as pedal power will take you. Even the most remote places are easy to reach: from the metro to the commuter train, from the bike path to the river shuttle ... The riverbanks are waiting for you!

To the west, Parc René-Lévesque and its magnificent sculptures reward those who venture out on the bike path that snakes along the Lachine Canal. Further still, Lac-Saint-Louis with its sailboats glistening on the water inspires dreams of adventures on the open sea. Green lawns and playgrounds line the river route on the return trip to downtown, providing an ideal break for the children to play while the adults relax. Braver souls can push further on to Parc Jean-Drapeau and take a lap or two around the Gilles-Villeneuve F1 circuit.

Parc-nature du Cap Saint-Jacques

Freshness and beach

The nature parks of Cap-Saint-Jacques and Île-Bizard that hug the shoreline of the Lake of Two Mountains, and Bois-de-Liesse on Gouin Boulevard, provide double the fun: visitors can observe the flora and fauna while soaking in the fresh air of the forest – then go swimming at one of the parks’ well-maintained beaches.

Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies is accessible via Gouin Boulevard. Along the way, the bike path crosses Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation, a little gem of history and nature. If you opt instead to cycle east along the path that skirts the St. Lawrence River, you’ll be amazed at the variety of scenery, ranging from the impressive ships in the Port of Montréal to breathtaking views of the Boucherville Islands from Parc de la Promenade Bellerive. 

Tour Wellington

You don’t need to be an athlete to have fun. Cycle and take in the sights at your own speed. The ice cream vendors along the way provide an excellent excuse to slow the pace. Want something a little more substantial? Prefer a light meal on the go or a snack? Whatever you choose, there are plenty of picnic tables along the way.  

Find your own path (in French)