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Parc des Rapides, Montreal

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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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  • This Park is a must especially in spring or the flow of the river shows the Lachine Rapids in all its power. For pedestrian only, you must leave your bike at the entrance. Naturalist guide the weekend.
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  • Such a gorgeous place, end of Lac St-Louis, and St-Laurent river, the parc is a nature, wildlife and bird sanctuary, all kinds of birds, turtles and even foxes. Rapids where people Kayak, and boat. Al...  read more »
  • We were a bit early to check in to our hotel so we were looking for a little excursion outside Montreal - this was such an amazing find - a short walk to beautiful Rapids. Along the path to the rapids...  read more »
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