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Plage du Cap-Saint-Jacques


...with the help of nature parks
Published on
June 19, 2017
Ah! Summer in Montréal; there are so many activities within easy reach that we get the impression we are by the sea, in the country, in the mountains, deep in the woods or under the stars, all at the same time, and yet, never far from home. Here is a choice of nature outings you can find close to you.

Swimming permitted

Our island is surrounded by water with plenty of spots to swim in.

At Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature park, there is a small natural sand beach nestled at the back of a bay in Lake of Two Mountains. Swimming is safe and lovely.

A little further, at the end of the island, Parc du Cap-Saint-Jacques offers swimming and tanning enthusiasts a beautiful sandy beach in a calm bay bordered by trees with a view of the peaks of the Laurentian hills in the horizon.

Il y a aussi du yoga au Cap Saint-Jacques devant le couché du soleil les 21 juin et 16 août

Rowing on the river

Are you ready for a real aquatic adventure? At the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature park, you can get acquainted with sea kayaking or take courses in paddle boarding.

For information, contact Michel Bourgeois at 855 279-7171 or at 514 616-1403


La tête dans les étoiles

At Cap-Saint-Jacques, several activities are being offered to observe the great beyond and to better understand space.

June 27: There will be a talk on exoplanets titled, “Are we alone?” Is there life on other planets?

August 1: A presentation will be given on “Fleeting Phenomenons.” Eclipses, auroras, rainbows, and halos are meteorological, atmospherical, or astronomical phenomenons. What causes them?

August 11: A night of shooting stars (also called the Perseids). With your feet on the ground and your head in the stars, you are invited to come watch the shooting stars, the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and the constellations, either with the naked eye or with a telescope in the company of amateur astronomers. 

August 21: There will be a partial solar eclipse, an astronomical phenomenon that you could watch with amateur astronomers.

Registration is a must: 514 280‑6871

Le parc du Bois-de-Saraguay

The generosity of nature

How can we produce honey in the city?

On July 2, at Park de l’Île-de-la-Visitation, discover pollination, honey production and the basics of urban beekeeping.

Information: 514 280-6733     

In nature, the relationships that unite living things are numerous and complex.

On July 1 and September 4 an educator-naturalist will provide an overview of the bio-diversity that exists in the swamps and the forest of the Pointe-aux-Prairies nature park.

Information: 514 280-6829, ext. 1

Programming for the nature parks of Montréal is rich in activities, discoveries, and learning sessions. Consult the city website to learn more!