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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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  • 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 »
  • An unusual place to view wildlife in their natural Wednesday. You can have a good weekend.
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