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Parc des Rapides, Montreal

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Des Rapides Park is an urban park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Located adjacent to the Lachine Rapids in the borough of LaSalle, Des Rapides Park is part of the City of Montreal's Network of Large Parks.The park is large. It has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1937, and is home to over 225 species of bird, among these is the great blue heron, a protected species.HistoryThe site was subject to an archaeological excavation in 1984. The excavation uncovered various artifacts which proved the presence of the First Nations on Heron Island, Goat Island and the Boquet presque isle dating back over 2,000 years. It is believed that the area was used as a staging area for Iroquois fishermen.The park contains the foundations of the old Lachine hydroelectric generating station, built in 1897 and demolished in 1948 as well as the ruins of a few water mills built between 1712 and 1869.AmenitiesDes Rapides Park contains bicycle paths, hiking trails as well as cross-country skiing trails in winter.
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  • A magical place with in the background, the majestic St-Lawrence River and the Lachine Rapids! A great place to work! If you're lucky, you can observe birds because it is a federal migratory bird sanctuary. There are also the second most important Heronry in Quebec. A very nice place for family picnics!
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  • Always a nice relaxing spot to visit! Easy to find parking! Great spot for a picknick, rent a kayak or do your yoga routine.  more »
  • Blew my mind that this exists on the island of Montreal! Walk out and feel the fresh energy as you witness the Rapids set against the backdrop of the city. Bring your camera and hiking boots! Great st...  more »
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  • Beautiful Parks Canada bird sanctuary, be respectful towards the geese and you will get some very memorable photos and if you're lucky a very up close view of these beautiful birds. Land bridge leads over to the Machine Rapids where there are multiple benches and picnic tables, wonderful views of the rapids themselves as well as a week crafted and maintained park area with flowers and trees which enhances the experience. Definitely worth the trip and the time to see a wonderful gift from nature. The washrooms are located in a nearby public stage, but, they are a bit of a disaster sadly.
  • Very nice place to walk around. Nice view on the Lasalle rapids. Excellent place to do bird observation. Major improvements have been made to pathways and access during summer 2016. Free access
  • Windy, cold in the winter, but cool in the summer...and beautiful in any season. No bikes allowed.
  • Beautiful nature site. Great for photography, sunsets, and bird watching
  • Des Rapides Park is an urban park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, located adjacent to the Lachine Rapids in the borough of LaSalle and is part of the City of Montreal's Network of Large Parks.